Redrafting the First Round of 2013 NBA Draft, End-of-Season Edition
Now that we've seen a full season's worth of action from the 2013-14 rookies, it's time to go back and make sense of the 2013 NBA draft.
This class remains both raw and underwhelming at most positions. It wasn't an easy draft to navigate, as many general managers made mistakes the first time around.
Given a second chance, the selections would play out much differently.
Where would the Greek Freak land? Would Rookie of the Year front-runner Michael Carter-Williams go No. 1? And where would late-season star Gorgui Dieng end up?
Find out as we break down a redraft of the 2013 first round.
*Draft order includes original draft-night trades.
1. Cleveland Cavaliers: Michael Carter-Williams, Syracuse PG (6'6")
Original 2013 Draft: No. 11
Given a chance to redo their Anthony Bennett mistake at No. 1, the Cleveland Cavaliers would look for the best combination of production and explosive upside. In this draft class, that man is clearly Syracuse point guard Michael Carter-Williams.
Don't worry about the fact that he technically plays the same position as Kyrie Irving. They each bring different skill sets and physical tools to the table, and they would both be able to play alongside one another on both ends of the floor.
Aside from being front-runner for Rookie of the Year, he simply gets a solid grade via the eye test. MCW has tremendous size for the backcourt, and has court vision and fluidity that's unsurpassed in this draft class.
His midwinter ugly shooting percentages and efficiency struggles have given way to nice numbers and a better command of the offense this spring, as he's reading opposing defenses much better. In April, Carter-Williams is posting per-game averages of 18.0 points, 6.8 assists (to 1.5 turnovers), 6.7 rebounds and 52.6 percent shooting.
The talent is too much to pass on in this year's crop.
2. Orlando Magic: Victor Oladipo, Indiana PG/SG (6'4")
Original 2013 Draft: No. 2
One of the few redraft prospects to land back in his original slot, Victor Oladipo brings superb two-way value compared to most youngsters in the lottery.
Coming out of Indiana, he was an intriguing prospect due to his explosive athleticism, energy and exemplary demeanor. But we didn't exactly know how well he'd do offensively or what kind of role he would play.
It looks like he'll be a better scorer than we originally thought, even if he struggled to consistently connect from the perimeter for much of the year. Oladipo's three-point numbers have improved drastically since the All-Star break.
Considering he didn't play point in college, he shows an impressive amount of patience and talent when passing. He's still learning and struggling as a decision-maker, but on several occasions in 2013-14 he's showcased his passing skills on drives and pick-and-rolls.
In a class filled with mediocrity and tons of question marks, Oladipo manages to stay above the fray.
3. Washington Wizards: Giannis Antetokounmpo, Greece SG/SF (6'10")
Original 2013 Draft: No. 15
In their quest for a forward last summer, the Washington Wizards took a seemingly safe, yet unspectacular prospect in Georgetown's Otto Porter.
This time around, they should snag the Greek Freak if he's still available.
Giannis Antetokounmpo may have more potential than anyone in this draft, and his massive wingspan and long, swift strides can do some serious damage. Although raw and still in the early stages of learning the finer points, he's quite coachable and shows awareness as a passer within the team concept.
His rookie stats aren't impressive but, remember, we weren't sure if he'd see any playing time at the NBA level in 2013-14. When you watch him go coast-to-coast in three dribbles or spike a monster chase-down block, you know he's going to make a huge impact in a few years.
Nearly all 14 teams that passed on him last June are already kicking themselves.
4. Charlotte Bobcats: Nerlens Noel, Kentucky PF/C (6'11")
Original 2013 Draft: No. 6
Nerlens Noel hasn't even played in an NBA game yet due to his ACL rehab, but we're projecting the Charlotte Bobcats to grab him at No. 4 overall due to his combination of size and upside.
His ability to protect the rim and develop legitimate offensive skills could make him one of the most useful young centers in the game. When healthy, his athleticism allows him to cover a ton of ground and play above the rim.
The other bigs taken in the 2013 lottery either play below the rim (see: Alex Len and Kelly Olynyk) or simply don't have the lofty ceiling Noel has (see: Steven Adams and Charlotte's original pick, Cody Zeller).
Noel just turned 20 years old, so there's still loads of time for him to pack on muscle and improve his offensive polish. If he even comes close to maximizing his physical tools, he'll be well worth the No. 4 selection.
5. Phoenix Suns: Tim Hardaway Jr., Michigan SG (6'6")
Original 2013 Draft: No. 24
The Phoenix Suns have a tricky decision here at No. 5, with an opportunity to take a big or go with the most valuable guard available.
Ultimately, we're tabbing Tim Hardaway Jr. out of Michigan, who can fill it up from deep and is spring-loaded in transition. Rob Mahoney of Sports Illustrated explains the rationale at this juncture for Phoenix:
The most intriguing prospect left is easily Trey Burke, but drafting a third point guard behind Eric Bledsoe and Goran Dragic would be an overstretch of the “best player available” framework. Instead ... Hardaway Jr. would fit in nicely running the court for the Suns ... [his] value lies in playing safely and productively within himself.
Hardaway Jr. has been one of the most productive outside shooters of the 2013 bunch. In an age when three-point shooting is becoming more effectively utilized and cherished, this talent helps drive his appeal to the top five in the redraft.
He won't become a superstar like his father, but he'll be a key role player who can help in half-court and transition scenarios.
6. Philadelphia 76ers (via N.O. Pelicans): Trey Burke, Michigan PG (6'1")
Original 2013 Draft: No. 9
In their rebuilding search for a future point guard, the Philadelphia 76ers don't have the luxury of taking Michael Carter-Williams, even though he was still on the board for their No. 11 pick in the original draft.
However, Trey Burke is still available, and he's a solid pick given what we've seen throughout 2013-14 with the Utah Jazz.
Last spring, there were some questions about Burke's ability to hang with talented backcourt foes, sizewise and athletically. But he's shown enough quickness, savvy and shooting ability to warrant mid-lottery consideration.
Burke is a capable long- and mid-range jump-shooter, but his most impressive asset might be his passing ability. With the right time and spacing, he can deftly put his teammates in position to score. He's not explosive, but he would give Philly a nice quarterback to lead all the incoming weapons.
7. Sacramento Kings: Ben McLemore, Kansas SG (6'5")
Original 2013 Draft: No. 7
Ben McLemore's shooting numbers have been uglier than we anticipated, but that won't stop the Sacramento Kings from plucking him again with their first pick.
We expect the 6'5" leaper to improve significantly from an efficiency standpoint, and this spring he's already showing signs of improving as an all-around scorer. He's averaged double-digit scoring in March and April, and he's getting to the free-throw line much more often in the past three weeks.
His scoring upside is enhanced by abundant vertical prowess. McLemore serves as a dangerous weapon in transition, and once his off-ball movement becomes more consistent, he'll be able to use his acrobatics more in five-on-five situations.
Sac-Town wasn't going anywhere in 2013-14, so a long-term pick in the lottery is just fine.
8. Detroit Pistons: C.J. McCollum, Lehigh PG/SG (6'3")
Original 2013 Draft: No. 10
Looking to add some reliable three-point shooting, the Detroit Pistons could snag proven collegiate star C.J. McCollum.
The Lehigh standout's rookie year was initially derailed due to injury, and he never really found consistent minutes in Portland's rotation. But whenever he did see substantial time, he delivered from long distance (37.2 percent) and showed the ability to slash and score inside the arc.
Don't heed the combo guard's 6'3" stature. McCollum has enough size to play the 2, sporting a 6'6.25" wingspan, per DraftExpress.
Armed with polish, length and shooting skills, he offers great value toward the back end of the top 10.
9. Utah Jazz (via Minnesota): Kentavious Caldwell-Pope, Georgia SG (6'5")
Original 2013 Draft: No. 8
For the sake of consistency, we're giving Utah the No. 9 pick it traded for on draft night.
With promising collegiate studs like Trey Burke and Ben McLemore off the board already, and no need to add another young big man, the Jazz turn to Kentavious Caldwell-Pope.
He's been a disappointment as a rookie, there's no doubt about it. KCP is a bit of a risk here in the top 10, because it's no guarantee he'll iron out his long-range inconsistency.
Nevertheless, he has the potential to serve as a sharpshooter in a complementary role, along with ample athleticism and defensive talent.
10. Portland Trail Blazers: Gorgui Dieng, Louisville C (6'11")
Original 2013 Draft: No. 21
Last time we did a redraft, Louisville shot-blocker Gorgui Dieng slipped to 29th overall. How times have changed.
To be fair, he didn't see more than 14 minutes in any game until February. Once he averaged 20-plus minutes per game in March (due to Nikola Pekovic's ongoing ankle issues), he became a rebounding machine and a substantial asset for Minnesota on offense.
Dieng has great awareness on pick-and-rolls, and his footwork, bounce and touch are good enough to outmaneuver bruisers on the interior. In addition, he's got a mid-range jumper he can use to keep defenses honest. And as for the shot-blocking, he's had 12 multiblock games during his limited time as a rookie.
With their original target C.J. McCollum off the board, the Portland Trail Blazers could make a significant upgrade to their frontcourt depth by adding Dieng. Despite being older, he gives them better presence and two-way productivity than Meyers Leonard and Joel Freeland.
11. Philadelphia 76ers: Steven Adams, Pittsburgh C (7'0")
Original 2013 Draft: No. 12
At this point in the draft, the Philadelphia 76ers are still looking for a building block in the frontcourt, and Pittsburgh's Steven Adams is a can't-miss specimen at this stage of the draft.
Standing 7'0" with a 255-pound frame and tremendous mobility, the New Zealand native proved he can contribute at the rotational level as a 20-year-old.
He lacks the fluidity or advanced skills necessary to be a featured post scorer, but he could become a low-block threat in a couple years. Adams is a coachable prospect and has all the physical tools required to thrive in the Association.
If he can help the Oklahoma City Thunder compete in the West as a rookie, he certainly presents a low-risk, high-reward option for the bottom-feeding Sixers.
12. Oklahoma City Thunder: Mason Plumlee, Duke F/C (6'11")
Original 2013 Draft: No. 22
Mason Plumlee has been all over the place lately, and he's been making the most of his opportunities since February.
Playing a key role for the Brooklyn Nets, he's shown he's worth much more than a late first-round selection in a weak draft. Plumlee goes end-to-end better than any other active center in this class, and his instant explosiveness seems even better than it was in college.
When he's rolling to the hoop on pick-and-rolls or filling the lane in transition, there aren't many guys in the league who can challenge him without fouling. The Duke graduate also makes his presence felt on the glass and on defense when he's positioned properly.
He was a steal at 22, and he's still pretty much a steal at No. 12. No way the Oklahoma City Thunder let him fall past them.
13. Boston Celtics (via Dallas Mavericks): Kelly Olynyk, Gonzaga PF/C (7'0")
Original 2013 Draft: No. 13
Kelly Olynyk offers attractive offensive value late in the lottery, as he can score in a variety of ways with a polish rarely seen in this draft class.
In April, Olynyk is averaging 13.5 points and 7.0 rebounds per game on 53.3 percent shooting, as he's making the most of his off-ball opportunities and doing efficient work as a slasher. According to 82games.com, the Boston Celtics score 3.5 more points per 100 possessions when he's on the floor in 2013-14.
While he doesn't possess explosive athleticism or massive upside, he's got a great feel for the game that the Celtics have witnessed firsthand. Expect Boston to go with the Gonzaga talent, even in a do-over.
14. Minnesota Timberwolves (via Utah Jazz): Tony Snell, New Mexico SF (6'7")
Original 2013 Draft: No. 20
The Minnesota Timberwolves could use some help at the small forward and shooting guard slots, and Tony Snell fits the bill—albeit without wowing anyone.
During his time with the Chicago Bulls, he's demonstrated that he's worth more than the original No. 20 slot.
Snell didn't consistently light it up from downtown this season, but he showed off a smooth stroke in spot-up scenarios and could play off the bounce a little. During the stretches when his playing time was consistent, he was respectably efficient.
The New Mexico standout owns a 6'11.5" wingspan, per DraftExpress, so he can shoot over most wings who challenge him and defend multiple positions. When they try too hard to deny him outside-shooting opportunities, he can make simple dribble pull-ups or use his long strides to attack the basket.
15. Milwaukee Bucks: Otto Porter, Georgetown SF (6'8")
Original 2013 Draft: No. 3
His best-case scenario is nowhere near Giannis Antetokounmpo's, but that's the nature of this redraft.
The Greek Freak is long gone, but a promising two-way prospect in Otto Porter fell outside the lottery. He's just 20 years old and is having a rough season trying to get playing time, but he possesses inside-out potential as well as defensive talent.
Porter's stock may have risen too high after a strong sophomore campaign at Georgetown. Then, to make matters worse, the No. 3 overall pick missed a huge chunk of time early in the season due to a hip injury.
However, teams wouldn't let someone with his length and feel for the game fall too far, and certainly not out of the first round. Milwaukee would give him minutes and a chance to get his mojo going.
16. Atlanta Hawks: Shane Larkin, Miami PG (5'11")
Original 2013 Draft: No. 18
With the first of their two consecutive picks, the Atlanta Hawks will go with their backcourt alternative to Dennis Schroeder.
Shane Larkin has been stuck as a benchwarmer in a deep Dallas backcourt, but he's made some impressive plays during his cameos.
Whether he's slicing past defenders via hesitation and sheer quickness, or navigating a pick-and-roll, Larkin can put a ton of pressure on opposing defenses with his triple threat. He can drive, dish it or shoot from beyond the arc. Larkin is dynamic coming off high ball screens, and it doesn't matter if he's going right or left.
The Hurricanes' athletic floor general could do some special things with Mike Budenholzer and co. in the Eastern Conference, even if he saw only 15-20 minutes per contest.
17. Atlanta Hawks: Cody Zeller, Indiana PF (7'0")
Original 2013 Draft: No. 4
While he was a reach as a top-five pick in the original draft, Cody Zeller might be somewhat of a steal at No. 17.
He suffered a slow start to the season, and has only flexed his potential the past couple of weeks. With 8.0 points and 5.5 rebounds per tilt in April, including his first career double-double, we're finally starting to see why he generated so much attention coming out of Indiana.
Zeller would be a great pick for the Hawks, and they would be a better fit for him than Charlotte.
He supplies true power forward size and skills, while Atlanta would give him more scoring opportunities in the open floor. It's only a matter of time before his footwork, agility and scoring potential are actualized.
18. Dallas Mavericks: Pierre Jackson, Baylor PG (5'11")
Original 2013 Draft: No. 42
Pierre Jackson overachieved his draft status as much as possible without playing a second in the NBA.
The Baylor speedster drove D-League defenses insane throughout the winter, notching 29.1 points and 6.2 assists for the Idaho Stampede. His explosive shot-creating ability and shiftiness enabled him to set the league's single-game scoring record (58) and notch 14 30-point games.
While he was unable to move up to the Association, he did parlay his minor league exploits to a European contract with Turkish club Fenerbahce Ulker.
He's ready to infuse an NBA team's reserve unit with energy, and Dallas could use some youth among its backcourt reserves.
19. Cleveland Cavaliers: Rudy Gobert, France C (7'1")
Original 2013 Draft: No. 27
With all the disappointments in the 2013 group, Rudy Gobert slides up a few spots in the redraft due to his mind-boggling size.
The dude can grab the rim on his tiptoes, and he can cover a bunch of ground in transition or as a help defender. He's exhibited flashes of shot-blocking and rebounding brilliance, but scant minutes behind Derrick Favors and Enes Kanter have limited his contributions.
Bleacher Report NBA Draft Lead Writer Jonathan Wasserman notes that Gobert's ceiling is still pretty high, writing, "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."
Gobert won't automatically boost the Cleveland Cavaliers, but some playing time might be a magnificent investment right now.
20. Chicago Bulls: Archie Goodwin, Kentucky G (6'5")
Original 2013 Draft: No. 29
With a well-defined rotation and identity, the Chicago Bulls can afford to chase whatever upside is left in this draft.
Kentucky's Archie Goodwin is raw, but he's got playmaking and scoring potential worth taking a flyer on late in the first round. Ultimately, his jump-shooting form and floor-general maturity will determine whether he regularly influences games or remains an opportunistic athlete.
If he could pair his agile bursts with a serviceable outside shot, the Central Division would be on notice.
21. Minnesota Timberwolves: Alex Len, Maryland C (7'1")
Original 2013 Draft: No. 5
At a certain point, some team has to take a chance on Alex Len.
Due to his 7'1", 255-pound frame and encouraging collegiate scoring, Len earned several No. 1 projections last summer. While it's clear at this stage that he's not a premier prospect, there's enough size and time to develop him behind Nikola Pekovic and Kevin Love.
Len still has much to learn on both sides of the ball, as he's been one of the weakest links in the Phoenix Suns' attack.
Landing in Minny would certainly test him every day in practice, and it's hard to think he wouldn't improve his footwork and post moves playing behind Pekovic and Love.
22. Brooklyn Nets: Nate Wolters, South Dakota State PG (6'4")
Original 2013 Draft: No. 38
Entering the 2013-14 season, the Brooklyn Nets' point guard depth was uncertain, and entering the 2014 offseason it's not solidified yet. If it weren't for Shaun Livingston's arrival, Deron Williams would have had almost no help from true facilitators off the bench.
It would be nice to lock up a dependable reserve passer for the next handful of years, and mid-major star Nate Wolters could do just the trick.
He outplayed his second-round status by stepping up admirably in Milwaukee, as he demonstrated a polish seldom found in rookies these days. Wolters' assist-to-turnover ratio is a healthy 3.2, and he's constantly looking to set up his comrades.
The South Dakota product would be an awesome on-court complement to the veteran stars on this roster.
23. Indiana Pacers: Ray McCallum, Detroit PG (6'3")
Original 2013 Draft: No. 36
The Indiana Pacers have nearly all the pieces they want or need, but some playmaking depth in the backcourt would serve them well.
There are some good initiators and passers on Frank Vogel's squad, but they've lacked effective and trustworthy ball-handlers against tight defenses.
Off the bench, Ray McCallum could bring a combo of shot-creating skills and clean passing. In April, he's averaging 12.6 points, 7.3 assists and only 1.9 turnovers per contest. Indy wouldn't need that many dimes, but it would gladly welcome the assist-to-turnover ratio.
24. New York Knicks: Dennis Schroeder, Germany PG (6'1")
Original 2013 Draft: No. 17
It's no secret that the New York Knicks need to get turbo-charged at the point guard position, because the current cast doesn't have that extra gear.
Bockers fans have suffered enough watching their point men get athletically overmatched and consistently burned. It's time to add some new ingredients to the equation.
Off the bench, Dennis Schroeder could bring a trait they don't really have right now: speed. The German prospect may not be the Rajon Rondo-esque star we hoped for, but he could greatly enhance the Knicks' backcourt.
25. Los Angeles Clippers: Anthony Bennett, UNLV F (6'8")
Original 2013 NBA Draft: No. 1
This late in the draft, we may have found a home for UNLV's Anthony Bennett, who was a major letdown as the Cleveland Cavaliers' No. 1 overall choice in 2013.
It's a good fit for the Los Angeles Clippers, who already have backcourt depth as well as towers patrolling the paint. B/R NBA Draft Lead Writer Jonathan Wasserman likes the fit stylewise, writing, "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."
If he becomes an inside-outside resource in half-court situations, then that will just be a bonus.
26. Oklahoma City Thunder (via Memphis Grizzlies): Ryan Kelly, Duke F (6'11")
Original 2013 Draft: No. 48
A year ago, Ryan Kelly was billed as a mid-to-late second-round guy, or even an undrafted free agent.
After landing 48th overall, he proceeded to outshine most of his second-round peers and earn considerable playing time during the Los Angeles Lakers' rebuilding year. We should have known his size, smooth shooting and savvy would add up to more than a career in Europe.
Ready to scoop him up at the end of the first round are the Oklahoma City Thunder.
With a strong stable of guards and plenty of bodies to clog the middle, Scott Brooks' group would love the addition of a stretch 4.
27. Utah Jazz (via Denver): Shabazz Muhammad, UCLA SG/SF (6'6")
Original 2013 Draft: No. 14
During 2013-14, UCLA shooter and slasher Shabazz Muhammad went from being an elite prospect to barely making the lottery.
In a redraft, he wouldn't be guaranteed a first-round spot. That's how far this guy has fallen.
His shooting consistency, passing ability and mid-range shot-creating were all questioned prior to the draft, and he ended up needing D-League time to work on his game.
At No. 27, however, the Utah Jazz should take his talent and see what they can do with it.
28. San Antonio Spurs: Reggie Bullock, North Carolina SG/SF (6'7")
Original 2013 Draft: No. 25
This is about as far as Reggie Bullock would likely fall.
Gregg Popovich and the San Antonio Spurs know how to plug role players into their game plan, and Bullock's ability to defend gives him a chance to see the floor once in a while.
With the L.A. Clippers, he's delivered a few double-digit outings amid inconsistent playing time. There's no guarantee he'd get more burn in San Antonio, so he must be sharp every day to accommodate the whims of Pop.
29. Phoenix Suns (via OKC Thunder): Jeff Withey, Kansas C (7'0")
Original 2013 Draft: No. 39
Jeff Withey isn't really first-round material, but he's the beneficiary of the Phoenix Suns' circumstances here.
After taking Tim Hardaway Jr. with its first pick, the club will want to add manpower to the frontcourt with the second pick. All the most desirable post players are already off the board, leaving Withey as nearly the only choice to make here.
He's a below-average athlete with a fairly simple offensive repertoire, yet the New Orleans Pelicans backup center holds his own and competes hard even in losses.
A 13-point, four-block outing against the Denver Nuggets on April 2 and a 17-point, three-assist night against the Suns on April 9 prove that he can handle more than a quick bite of mop-up duty.
30. Golden St. Warriors (via Phoenix): Matthew Dellavedova, St. Mary's PG (6'4")
Original 2013 Draft: Undrafted
I understood the initial concerns about Matthew Dellavedova as a draft prospect. He's not going to blow anyone away athletically, he's not the most fluid scorer, and there are defensive matchup issues to worry about.
However, the thought of him going undrafted was puzzling.
He's a top-notch pick-and-roll operator, an accurate shooter with range and one of the fiercest competitor's you'll find.
With apologies to Nemanja Nedovic, who's an intriguing prospect, Dellavedova is better equipped to handle the rigors of being a backup point man in the Association.