NBA Draft 2013 Grades: Complete Letter Scores for All 30 Teams

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NBA Draft 2013 Grades: Complete Letter Scores for All 30 Teams
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The 2013 NBA draft took place nearly a week ago, but I’m still trying to wrap my head around the bizarre selections, wild trades and other action that happened last Thursday night.

It was certainly one of the craziest drafts in years, starting right off the bat with the Cleveland Cavaliers’ selection of Anthony Bennett with the No. 1 overall pick.

While that move—and the rest of the Cavs’ draft in general—was great, a handful of other teams pulled off better performances, and many teams did worse.

Let’s take a look at how the entire draft shook out and dole out some letter grades for each team. Then we'll highlight three organizations that made some of the wisest decisions.

 

Complete 2013 NBA Draft Grades

Team

Selections

Grade

Atlanta Hawks

1 (16): Lucas Nogueira (C, Brazil)
1 (17): Dennis Schroeder (PG, Germany)

2 (44): Mike Muscala (PF-C, Bucknell)

Boston Celtics

1 (13): Kelly Olynyk (PF-C, Gonzaga)

2 (53): Colton Iverson (PF, Colorado State)

C

Brooklyn Nets

1 (22): Mason Plumlee (PF, Duke)

Charlotte Bobcats

1 (4): Cody Zeller (PF-C, Indiana) 

D-

Chicago Bulls

1 (20): Tony Snell (SF, New Mexico)

2 (49): Erik Murphy (PF, Florida)

B- 

Cleveland Cavaliers

1 (1): Anthony Bennett (SF-PF, UNLV)
1 (19): Sergey Karasev (SG-SF, Russia)

2 (33): Carrick Felix (SG, Arizona State) 

B+

Dallas Mavericks

1 (18): Shane Larkin (PG, Miami)

2 (43): Ricky Ledo (SG, Providence)

B+ 

Denver Nuggets

2 (46): Erick Green (PG, Virginia Tech)
2 (55): Joffrey Lauvergne (SF-PF, France) 

C

Detroit Pistons

1 (8): Kentavious Caldwell-Pope (SG, Georgia)

2 (37): Tony Mitchell (PF, North Texas)
2 (56): Peyton Siva (PG, Louisville) 

B

Golden State Warriors

1 (30): Nemanja Nedovic (SG, Serbia)

D+

Houston Rockets

2 (34): Isaiah Canaan (PG, Murray State)

B+ 

Indiana Pacers

1 (23): Solomon Hill (SF, Arizona)

D

Los Angeles Clippers

1 (25): Reggie Bullock (SG-SF, North Carolina)

B

Los Angeles Lakers

2 (48): Ryan Kelly (PF, Duke)

A- 

Memphis Grizzlies

2 (41): Jamaal Franklin (SG-SF, San Diego State)
2 (60): Janis Timma (SF, Latvia)

B+ 

Miami Heat

2 (50): James Ennis (SF, Long Beach State)

B- 

Milwaukee Bucks

1 (15): Giannis Antetokounmpo (SF, Greece)

2 (38): Nate Wolters (PG, South Dakota State)

C-

Minnesota Timberwolves

1 (14): Shabazz Muhammad (SG-SF, UCLA)
1 (21): Gorgui Dieng (C, Louisville)

2 (52): Lorenzo Brown (PG, North Carolina State)
2 (59): Bojan Dubljevic (PF, Montenegro) 

B+

New Orleans Pelicans

2 (42): Pierre Jackson (PG, Baylor)

New York Knicks

1 (24): Tim Hardaway Jr. (SG, Michigan)

Oklahoma City Thunder

1 (12): Steven Adams (C, Pittsburgh)
1 (26): Andre Roberson (SF-PF, Colorado)

2 (32): Alex Abrines (SG, Spain)
2 (40): Grant Jerrett (PF, Arizona) 

B-

Orlando Magic

1 (2): Victor Oladipo (SG, Indiana)

2 (54): Romero Osby (SF, Oklahoma)

B+

Philadelphia 76ers

1 (6): Nerlens Noel (C, Kentucky)
1 (11): Michael Carter-Williams (PG, Syracuse)

2 (54): Arsalan Kazemi (SF, Oregon) 

A+

Phoenix Suns

1 (5): Alex Len (C, Maryland)
1 (29): Archie Goodwin (SG, Kentucky)

2 (57): Alex Oriakhi (SF-PF, Missouri)

Portland Trail Blazers

1 (10): C.J. McCollum (PG-SG, Lehigh)

2 (31): Allen Crabbe (SG, California)
2 (39): Jeff Withey (C, Kansas)
2 (45): Marko Todorovic (PF, Montenegro) 

Sacramento Kings

1 (7): Ben McLemore (SG, Kansas)

2 (36): Ray McCallum (PG, Detroit)

A- 

San Antonio Spurs

1 (28): Livio Jean-Charles (SF-PF, France)

2 (56): Deshaun Thomas (SG-SF, Ohio State)

C+ 

Toronto Raptors

None.

N/A 

Utah Jazz

1 (9): Trey Burke (PG, Michigan)
1 (27): Rudy Gobert (PF-C, France)

2 (47): Raul Neto (PG, Brazil)  

B+

Washington Wizards

1 (3): Otto Porter (SF, Georgetown)

2 (35): Glen Rice Jr. (SG, NBA D-League)

A- 

 

New York Knicks (A)

The Knickerbockers only had one selection in the draft but made the most of it when they nabbed Tim Hardaway Jr. out of Michigan.

This was the ideal pick for a number of reasons, as it will provide the team both insurance and leverage in the coming weeks.

The club’s reigning Sixth Man of the Year Award winner, J.R. Smith, is testing the waters of free agency and is due a significant upgrade from the $2.9 he was due in 2013-14.

However, the Knicks no longer need to retain his services, as Hardaway Jr. can provide most of the same irrational confidence and long-range shooting off the bench.

While the Wolverines star may not be on the same level athletically and as a ball-handler compared to Smith, he is a 6’6” swingman who isn’t afraid to launch shots from deep and make them on a consistent basis.

Whether he drives down Smith’s value or outright replaces him, the Knicks have one less thing to worry this summer now that Hardaway Jr. is on the roster.

 

Los Angeles Lakers (A-)

In coach Mike D'Antoni's first year with the team, the Lakers struggled to find the right personnel and to stay healthy enough to run his preferred run-and-gun, inside-out system.

That’s going to change next year, as L.A. added an immense talent in Duke Blue Devil’s product Ryan Kelly.

The senior is the perfect “stretch 4” to install in D’Antoni’s system, as the big man can help bang for boards and play defense on one end, then leak out and spot up on the perimeter and stretch the defense on the other.

At No. 48 overall, the “White Raven” represents an awesome value, assuming he’s able to make the final roster and earn a guaranteed contract.

Considering the rash of injuries to the team’s frontcourt and the general inability of the Lakers bigs to shoot the ball consistently from distance, it would be a major surprise if Kelly wasn’t able to.

Don’t be shocked if this second-rounder becomes a big-time player under D’Antoni in Los Angeles.

 

Washington Wizards (A-)

The Wizards had a multitude of options on their plate when the No. 3 selection came around, but the team wisely played it safe and took the sure thing they likely had their eyes on the entire time.

Otto Porter is an excellent fit in the nation’s capital, as he already proved during his two-year tenure with the Georgetown Hoyas.

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The sophomore swingman can do everything at a high level and meshes perfectly with the up-and-coming backcourt duo of John Wall and Bradley Beal.

Perhaps the only thing Porter truly lacks is the ability to create off the bounce and get his own looks, but his skills as a defender, rebounder, spot-up shooter and more will make him a major asset in D.C.

Washington also unearthed a diamond in the rough in Glen Rice Jr., the second-rounder who can play both the 2 and 3 and has a wealth of D-League experience.

Expect him to back up Porter and log some minutes behind Beal at the off-guard position, helping the team with his shooting, rebounding and facilitating prowess.

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