Re-Drafting the 1st Round of the 2013 NBA Draft, Midseason Edition
This was not a pretty class to re-draft.
The 2013-14 rookies have been extremely disappointing—only a few of them are even playing roles in their teams' rotations.
To no surprise, the re-draft results are far different from the original.
Still, it's important to remember it's only been one half of one season. Let's not write off everyone just yet.
We're keeping the finalized 2013 draft order with the trades that were made that night.
1. Cleveland Cavaliers: Michael Carter-Williams, PG, 6'6", Syracuse
Original 2013 Draft: No. 11
Michael Carter-Williams—he's been the best rookie by a mile, and he's got the upside to justify the value of a No. 1 pick.
At this point, the only possible argument against Carter-Williams is that he plays the same position as Kyrie Irving.
But given his size at 6'6" and ability to score (17.4 points per game), Carter-Williams just might be what the Cleveland Cavaliers need at the 2-guard position: a pass-first scorer to pair with their score-first point guard.
Dion Waiters, a shoot-first shot-hunter, certainly hasn't been the answer alongside Irving.
Outside of Victor Oladipo, there really isn't another guaranteed winner in the field, and Oladipo just hasn't done enough. Giannis Antetokounmpo's upside is tantalizing, but the Cavs are looking for an NBA-ready contributor here. Plus, Luol Deng is now in the picture at the wing.
I'm a fan of the dual-point guard offense, especially when you can run it with a sizable, versatile weapon like Carter-Williams.
Either way, whether you like the fit or not, sometimes it's just safe to go with the best player available. And in this re-draft, Carter-Williams is it.
2. Orlando Magic: Giannis Antetokounmpo, SF, 6'9", Greece
Original 2013 Draft: No. 15
I just want to fast-forward about five years to see what this kid will look like.
Giannis Antetokounmpo has flashed some monstrous NBA upside—given his size, length, athleticism and skill set, he probably has the highest ceiling of any prospect in the field.
If I'm the Orlando Magic here, I'm swinging for the fences. It's not like they'd be passing on any All-Star locks or future Hall of Famers.
The Greek Freak offers the most potential reward at No. 2, and based on what we've seen from him as a two-way, versatile wing, he's shown enough promise for us to believe.
Victor Oladipo is the safe play, but Antetokounmpo is the home run. And he's one of those rare prospects worth gambling on when there isn't much to lose.
3. Washington Wizards: Victor Oladipo, SG, 6'5", Indiana
Original 2013 Draft: No. 2
Given what we know now and how few sure things there are to choose from, Victor Oladipo offers the most favorable risk-to-reward ratio at No. 3.
He's averaging 13.8 points, 4.5 boards, 3.8 assists and 1.6 steals—nothing crazy, but it's enough for us to safely assume there's more to come.
Oladipo has some flaws and kinks to work out—he's shooting it just 29.1 percent from downtown, and he's turning it over 3.2 times per game. But even if he never improves that stroke or tightens up his playmaking, you're still getting a contributor based on his energy, athleticism, defense and attack game.
Whether you think he'll ever evolve into an All-Star guard or not, Oladipo is going to contribute in one way or another. And the Washington Wizards could use a contributor on a rookie contract in any shape or form.
They would be able to play him all over the floor, and he would allow them to keep the pressure on when John Wall or Bradley Beal needs a rest.
4. Charlotte Bobcats: Nerlens Noel, C, 6'11", Kentucky
Original 2013 Draft: No. 6
It says a lot about the draft class when a player's stock goes up by sitting out. Nerlens Noel hasn't played a game yet while rehabbing from a torn ACL, and he looks like a more attractive pick today than he did back in June.
That's primarily because his upside is still intact, which can't be said about many others left to choose from.
Plus, Noel's rehab appears to be going smoothly. Philadelphia 76ers president and general manager Sam Hinkie recently said in a statement, via Jeff Goodman of ESPN:
After careful consideration and numerous discussions with our medical and performance teams, the consulting physician and rehabilitation staff, and Nerlens' representatives, some of the restrictions on Nerlens have been lifted and he is now able to participate in limited on-court work.
At this point, the Charlotte Bobcats are just looking for assets. And given Noel's upside as a rim-protector and athletic frontcourt presence, he holds the most value of anyone left on the board at No. 4.
5. Phoenix Suns: Tim Hardaway Jr., SG, 6'6", Michigan
Original 2013 Draft: No. 24
Tim Hardaway Jr. has been one of the more pleasant surprises of the original 2013 draft. He's setting an example and teaching a lesson to future prospects: If you're athletic and can shoot with consistency, there's a spot for you in the league.
Hardaway has been lights-out from downtown, making 1.4 threes a game (in only 19.1 minutes) at a scorching 40.7 percent clip.
He's also been electric on the break. Hardaway can really fly in the open floor and effortlessly finish above the rim.
Hardaway is the type of scorer who's going to thrive alongside playmakers. He gets most of his buckets off the catch as opposed to off the dribble, which slightly limits his upside, given his inability to create.
But at 6'6", Hardaway would be a nice complement off the bench to smaller, ball-dominant guards like the 6'3" Goran Dragic and the 6'1" Eric Bledsoe.
Frankly, Hardaway is one of the few rookies producing at the moment. And whether he improves or not, he'll always have that valuable blend of shooting touch and athleticism.
6. Philadelphia 76ers (via New Orleans): Trey Burke, PG, 6'1", Michigan
Original 2013 Draft: No. 9
For re-draft purposes, let's assume the Sixers are still looking to rebuild, which means they've traded Jrue Holiday and landed the No. 6 pick, along with another first-rounder in 2014.
Trey Burke has actually looked pretty sharp so far—he's no Michael Carter-Williams, but he'll do at No. 6 of a mediocre draft.
He's averaging 13.3 points and 5.7 assists while doing a good job protecting the ball (only 2.0 turnovers per game).
Burke plays with tremendous confidence out there. He has the long-ball (35.8 percent) and pull-up game working, and he's got a real nice feel for running the pick-and-roll.
I've got my money on Burke evolving into a solid starting point guard one day. His ceiling falls short of Carter-Williams', but for a team looking for a new floor general, Burke is the easy pick at No. 6.
7. Sacramento Kings: C.J. McCollum, PG/SG, 6'3", Lehigh
Original 2013 Draft: No. 10
C.J. McCollum might actually be a steal at No. 7. He's missed most of the year rehabbing from a broken foot, but he's looked sharp in limited action.
Unlike other guards like Ben McLemore and Kentavious Caldwell-Pope, McCollum is dangerous off the dribble, where he can create shots for himself moving in any direction.
He's the most refined pound-for-pound scorer in the class. Pull-ups, step-backs, spot-ups, floaters—McCollum can generate offense in a variety of different ways. Given his high basketball IQ, you don't have to worry about him disrupting the team's flow.
Portland Trail Blazers fans should feel confident in their original 2013 selection, and Sacramento Kings fans should be happy with him as a re-draft pick.
8. Detroit Pistons: Tony Snell, SF, 6'7", New Mexico
Original 2013 Draft: No. 20
Tony Snell isn't an upside pick—there really aren't many of those left. Snell is a guy who can fill an immediate need, which is what he's doing for the Chicago Bulls as we speak after they shipped off Luol Deng to Cleveland.
He's making 32.5 percent of his threes, a number that's bound to rise with more reps and confidence. And with excellent length and athleticism, he's got some promising three-and-D potential.
Snell is visibly getting better and more comfortable offensively, which is really more than you can say about anyone else left on the board. Given his progression and defined identity as a three-and-D slasher, Snell's stock got a boost for the 2014 re-draft.
9. Utah Jazz (via Minnesota): Ben McLemore, SG, 6'5", Kansas
Original 2013 Pick: No. 7
I'll admit—Ben McLemore hasn't looked very sharp so far.
But at this point in the re-draft, his long-term potential is still worth targeting.
McLemore is a tremendous athlete with a sharpshooting stroke; he just has to become more consistent. He's also limited off the dribble, which affects his shot selection in the half court (only shooting 36.9 percent).
As his ball-handling skills and confidence grow, so will his game.
McLemore would be a better fit in Utah, where he'd have more freedom to experiment and less pressure to preform. The Jazz could use his athleticism in the backcourt, as well as another high-upside guy to try to develop during the rebuilding process.
10. Portland Trail Blazers: Kelly Olynyk, PF/C, 7'0", Gonzaga
Original 2013 Draft: No. 13
Kelly Olynyk has his flaws. He's not much of an athlete or jumper, which limits him as a defender and rebounder.
But unlike the other big men on the board, Olynyk can create his own shot in the half court.
As a backup to Robin Lopez, who's primarily in there for his defense and rebounding ability, Olynyk can provide some complementary offense.
He's not shooting it particularly well at the moment, but there's a jumper inside him somewhere. If it clicks for Olynyk and he's ever able to get his timing down, he could have a nice, long career as an offensive-minded reserve.
11. Philadelphia 76ers: Steven Adams, C, 7'0", Pittsburgh
Original 2013 Draft: No. 12
Though still completely raw on the offensive end, Steven Adams is averaging 14.6 boards per 48 minutes, while providing a physical frontcourt presence whenever he's given a chance.
He finishes, rebounds, protects the rim and fouls. You can't count on him to give you anything more at this point, but at just 20 years old, Adams is three years younger than Mason Plumlee, the next-best center on the board.
With the Sixers building for the future instead of the present, they can afford the time it takes to develop the Steven Adams project.
12. Oklahoma City Thunder: Mason Plumlee, C, 6'11", Duke
Original 2013 Draft: No. 22
It's no mystery what Mason Plumlee brings to the table. He's a 6'11" stud athlete with great hands and lots of bounce. He's a finisher, whether it's off dump passes, lobs or offensive rebounds.
In fact, 99 of his 105 shots this year have come right at the rim. The good news is that he's converting the majority of his opportunities, shooting it 62.9 percent from the floor.
At 23 years old, there isn't much upside here, but for a team like the Oklahoma City Thunder with plenty of offensive weapons, Plumlee's interior athleticism and activity could be of immediate use.
13. Boston Celtics: Kentavious Caldwell-Pope, SG, 6'5", Georgia
Original 2013 Draft: No. 8
Kentavious Caldwell-Pope needs some fine-tuning, but he'd fill a need for the Boston Celtics, who could use some size, athleticism and shooting at the off-guard position.
The only problem is that he's hitting just 32.8 percent of his threes, an area of his game that was perceived as a strength heading into the season.
He's not much of a threat off the bounce, but as a three-and-D guy, he'd serve a purpose for Boston if he can start knocking down jumpers with consistency.
And at this point in the re-draft, it's probably worth finding out if he can.
14. Minnesota Timberwolves: Otto Porter, SF, 6'8", Georgetown
Original 2013 Draft: No. 3
He got dinged up in summer league and injured in training camp, but you can't call Otto Porter a bust until he's actually given a shot to play regularly.
This is a high-IQ player with an NBA body and versatile skill set. He'll find a way to make an impact eventually.
However, Porter probably isn't the franchise cornerstone the Wizards thought they got at No. 3 of the original draft. He projects as a role player and jack-of-all-trades, master-of-none type of forward.
If he ever hits his stride, he'd be a nice fit for the Minnesota Timberwolves on the wing, where they currently lack any standout talent.
15. Milwaukee Bucks: Shane Larkin, PG, 5'11", Miami
Original 2013 Draft: No. 18
Shane Larkin hasn't seen many minutes, but he's got a confident command of the ball out there and runs the pick-and-roll like a pro.
He's also an outstanding athlete and proven leader from his days at Miami.
Larkin has a place in this league based on his sheer athleticism and playmaking ability. Who cares that Brandon Knight is playing well? The Milwaukee Bucks need any assets they can get their hands on, and Larkin looks like the most valuable one left.
Nate Wolters has given Milwaukee some good minutes, but Larkin offers more reward down the road.
16. Atlanta Hawks: Pierre Jackson, PG, 5'11", Baylor
Original 2013 Draft: No. 42
Pierre Jackson is absolutely blowing up the D-League, averaging 30.7 points and 5.3 assists per game.
He's dropped at least 40 points on six separate occasions so far. Jackson is a lightning rod with the ball who can create his own shot at any time of a possession.
He's even shooting it 36.3 percent from downtown. Jackson continues to crush defenses with his lethal pull-up jumper, and with the quickness to get to any spot on the floor, he's consistently finding himself open looks.
A true breakdown point guard, Jackson should pack enough of a punch offensively to ignite an NBA lineup. The promise he's shown in the D-League has been enough to bump him up big time on the re-draft board.
17. Atlanta Hawks: Cody Zeller, PF/C, 7'0", Indiana
Original 2013 Draft: No. 4
Like most rookies, Cody Zeller has underperformed, but you still can't teach his 7'0" size and athleticism.
Midway through the year, Zeller has struggled adjusting to the physicality of the NBA game. And right now, he's not capitalizing on the perimeter the way we thought he would coming in.
Zeller just needs to find his sweet spots on the floor, as he's making the transition from the 5 to the 4.
His NBA outlook has taken a substantial hit, but whose hasn't? Zeller works as a late first-rounder—not a top-five pick.
The Atlanta Hawks aren't finding any gems at this stage in the re-draft. They might as well see if they can tap into the talent that's bottled up in Zeller.
18. Dallas Mavericks: Rudy Gobert, C, 7'1", France
Original 2013 Draft: No. 27
He's got a long way to go offensively, but that 7'1" size and ridiculous length just look too good this late in the first round.
Rudy Gobert is averaging 0.9 blocks and 4.2 boards in only 10.8 minutes.
He takes up a ton of space on the interior, and though limited with the ball in his hands, Gobert presents his guards with a huge target at the basket.
I'm not sure he knows what he's doing out there, but he's got some touch around the rim and a fluid overall game.
If it ever clicks for Gobert, he's got secret-weapon potential based on his unique measurements.
19. Cleveland Cavaliers: Alex Len, C, 7'1", Maryland
Original 2013 Draft: No. 5
Let's be real here: As much as the Cavs want a guy to help out right away, that's just not going to happen at No. 19.
Though Alex Len has been disappointing, given he can barely stay on the floor, it's his long-term potential that originally drove his NBA appeal. At 7'1" with a monster frame, he's got the physical part down. And based on what we saw at Maryland, there's a skill set in place that just needs some major polishing up.
He's been bothered by foot and ankle problems, and that's going to dock him heavily in the re-draft. Nobody likes big men with a history of foot injuries.
But at No. 19, that upside is worth it without any difference-makers left to choose from.
20. Chicago Bulls: Archie Goodwin, SG, 6'5", Kentucky
Original 2013 Draft: No. 29
He was the youngest American kid taken in the original 2013 draft. And that's going to work heavily in his favor for the re-draft.
At 19 years old, Archie Goodwin has flashed enough during summer league, preseason and limited regular-season action to let us believe he's a project worth developing.
He's an aggressive athlete who can attack the rim and pull up in space. Goodwin has to improve his ball-handling, decision-making and jumper, but so does every teenage prospect.
21. Minnesota Timberwolves (via Utah): Lucas Nogueira, C, 7'0", Brazil
Original 2013 Draft: No. 16
The Wolves got Gorgui Dieng in the original draft here, who at 24 years old is still far from NBA-ready.
If they're going to go after a project, they might as well grab one a few years younger. Lucas Nogueira would be a better option here at 21 years old.
He was blocking 2.4 shots per game in summer league before heading back to Spain, where he's spending his 2013-14 season. The Wolves aren't getting a contributor here anyway—they might as well stash an upside guy in Europe and use the roster spot on someone else.
The only red flag with Nogueira is that he's been out most of the year with knee tendinitis. But beggars can't be choosers in the re-draft of such an underwhelming original.
22. Brooklyn Nets: Nate Wolters, PG, 6'4", South Dakota State
Original 2013 Draft: No. 38
Nate Wolters doesn't have much upside, but midway through the season, he's at least proven he belongs.
He's averaging 3.2 assists and 0.9 turnovers in 19.5 minutes, and he has a natural feel for the position as a facilitator.
A ball-dominant guard in college, Wolters is comfortable running an offense, and he should be able to cover backup services for a long time in the league.
With Shaun Livingston's contact up after the year and Deron Williams' ankle a constant issue, the Brooklyn Nets would be getting good value here with Wolters at No. 22.
23. Indiana Pacers: Shabazz Muhammad, SF, 6'6", UCLA
Original 2013 Draft: No. 14
Shabazz Muhammad has barely even sniffed the NBA floor yet, though he did look impressive at the D-League showcase, averaging 24.5 points in two games.
There's no denying this kid's competitiveness or energy—just whether or not he's got the game to translate to the pros.
He's an instinct player. Muhammad won't beat you with any step-back jumpers or nifty takes to the rack. He manages to scrap together buckets off finishes, spot-up jumpers and transition opportunities.
Muhammad isn't the top-five pick many projected him to be early in his freshman year, but he's worth a shot this late. Maybe a team with a winning culture like the Indiana Pacers could get the most out of him.
24. New York Knicks: Dennis Schroeder, PG, 6'1", Germany
Original 2013 Draft: No. 17
Dennis Schroeder hasn't shown much, but neither have the New York Knicks' point guards. Raymond Felton and Beno Udrih sure aren't answers, and it wouldn't hurt to add a young prospect at a position in which the Knicks have none.
Without any can't-miss talent left to choose from, why not take a stab on the promising guard from Germany. He's quick, long and athletic, and has a good feel for running the point.
Don't let his minimal rookie role in Atlanta throw you off. Schroeder isn't ready yet, but he's got the tools and strengths that should allow him to eventually get there.
25. Los Angeles Clippers: Anthony Bennett, SF, 6'8", UNLV
Original 2013 Draft: No. 1
He's on pace to go down as arguably the biggest draft bust in history. But it wasn't his fault the Cavs took him No. 1 in the original draft—nobody would have given him a hard time if he went No. 25.
That's where he falls in the re-draft. Anthony Bennett hasn't been able to do anything right in Cleveland, where he was drafted by a team that didn't have a clue as to how to use him.
Bennett might be better off playing with an uptempo team like the Los Angeles Clippers, who have a point guard and head coach capable of making those around them better.
As bad as Bennett has been, he's just too young to completely write off.
26. Oklahoma City Thunder (via Memphis): Ryan Kelly, C, 6'11", Duke
Original Draft Position: No. 48
Ryan Kelly has been getting some surprise rookie minutes, and he's making the most of them early on. He's scored at least 13 points in four games over a two-week span in January.
At 6'11", Kelly stretches the floor with a confident outside stroke. And that's what will be his moneymaker in the pros.
The Thunder could use a big guy who can step outside as a spot-up or pick-and-pop option. And given Kelly's age (22) and concentrated skill set, he'd be able to contribute right away as a shot-maker.
27. Utah Jazz (via Denver): Reggie Bullock, SF, 6'7", UNC
Original 2013 Draft: No. 25
Reggie Bullock might be a steal here—it's tough to say, considering he's barely seen any action.
For what it's worth, he looked great in summer league. Bullock is your standard three-and-D wing who's limited off the dribble, yet he can knock down long-range shots and attack the rim in line drives.
If I'm the Jazz, I'm taking Bullock at No. 27 of the re-draft without thinking twice.
28. San Antonio Spurs: Sergey Karasev, SF, 6'7", Russia
Original 2013 Draft: No. 19
Sergey Karasev isn't as NBA-ready as many thought he'd be. And when you consider he wasn't an upside pick, it kind of defeats the purpose of reaching.
He's got great scoring and passing instincts on the wing, but Karasev is a few years from being able to handle the new level of NBA speed and athleticism.
And a team like the San Antonio Spurs can afford to wait.
29. Phoenix Suns (via OKC): Gorgui Dieng, C, 6'11", Louisville
Original 2013 Draft: No. 21
Gorgui Dieng hasn't made many waves yet playing behind big Nikola Pekovic in Minnesota. He entered the original draft as a rim-protector—Dieng has arms for days, along with sensational shot-blocking instincts.
He can also knock down jumpers around the key. You're probably not going to get much offense from Dieng, but he can convert when put in scoring position.
The Phoenix Suns could use some depth at the center position. And they might be able to find a legitimate backup in Dieng.
30. Golden State Warriors (via Phoenix): Matthew Dellavedova, PG, 6'4", Saint Mary's
Original 2013 Draft: Undrafted
Matthew Dellavedova's name wasn't called on the original draft night, which seems silly now looking back.
The Cavs eventually gave him a shot, and he's run with his opportunity as a rookie. Dellavedova is an extremely smart player, and though limited athletically, he sees the court exceptionally well and has an unteachable feel for the point guard position.
He's not going to outrun or outjump anyone, but his basketball IQ, passing instincts and opportunistic scoring touch are just too good.
The Golden State Warriors could use a a true facilitator to back up their All-Star point guard. And though their original selection, Nemanja Nedovic, is a better long-term option, Dellavedova would be able to help out sooner.