2013 NBA Draft Grades: Team-by-Team Report Cards

Adam Fromal@fromal09National NBA Featured ColumnistJune 28, 2013

2013 NBA Draft Grades: Team-by-Team Report Cards

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    With all 60 picks of the 2013 NBA draft in the books, it's time to provide the early opinion on how the 30 teams in the Association fared. 

    There were plenty of surprises throughout the night's proceedings in the Barclays Center, starting with the very first pick of the draft. Crazy things unfold now that the teams have truly started positioning themselves for the rest of the busy offseason in preparation for the 2013-14 campaign. 

    Did your team land a major steal as the draft unfolded, or was it left grasping for straws after all the top-notch options were taken off the board? A whole bunch of players just entered the world of professional basketball, but not all of them wound up on the right team. 

    Here we go with the draft grades for each and every franchise, just when all the former college basketball players thought they were done with the letter grades. 

    Note: The Toronto Raptors did not have any picks, nor did they make any deals. Therefore, they are not included in this article. 

Atlanta Hawks

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    Overall Grade: A-

    No. 16 (acquired from the Dallas Mavericks via the Boston Celtics): Lucas Nogueira, C, Brazil

    Commonly known as Bebe, Lucas Nogueira is a legitimate seven-footer who runs the court as well as any big man. He needs a good deal of seasoning before he's ready to live up to his full potential in the NBA, but he's already capable of making a defensive impact. 

    Nogueira thrives swatting away shots, mostly because he can show off his jaw-dropping athleticism before running down the court for a transition finish. Expect him to finish a whole bunch of alley-oops throughout his NBA career. 

    The Atlanta Hawks gave up pick No. 18 to acquire No. 44 in this draft, Jared Cunningham and Nogueira, who also brings a nice infusion of athleticism and potential to a team that now firmly appears to be rebuilding. 

    No. 17: Dennis Schroeder, PG, Germany

    Sticking with an international theme this draft, the Atlanta Hawks took the German point guard with an explosive first step and incredible athleticism. 

    Dennis Schroeder is ready to play in the NBA right away, and he makes Jeff Teague expendable. Given his jump-shooting prowess and quickness, he'll form a potent pick-and-roll tandem with Al Horford. 

    I see a lot of Rajon Rondo in this young floor general. If anything, he's more athletic than the All-Star Celtic. Schroeder may not have quite the same floor vision, but he's a better scorer already. 

    Atlanta fans may not be too familiar with the No. 17 pick, but they'll fall in love with him quickly. 

    No. 44 (acquired from Dallas Mavericks): Mike Muscala, C, Bucknell

    An analytical dream, Mike Muscala now gets a chance to play behind Al Horford and prove that he can push around NBA players just like he did in the Patriot League. 

    Muscala is a fantastic rebounder and scorer, but the transition to the pros could be a difficult one if he doesn't develop a tough mentality. 

    Still, the sheer upside of this guy, one based on the ability to make that transition, proves that the Hawks found a great value here. 

Boston Celtics

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    Overall Grade: B

    No. 13 (acquired from the Dallas Mavericks): Kelly Olynyk, C, Gonzaga

    It cost the Boston Celtics the No. 16 pick and two future second-rounders, but they were able to move up three spots and select Kelly Olynyk, the offensively oriented seven-footer from Gonzaga. 

    This was definitely a reach for the Celtics, although they certainly didn't give up much to move up a few spots. 

    Olynyk is a versatile scorer, one who can shoot from the perimeter, face up on the elbows, or block and dazzle with his post moves. There are concerns that he's too soft to thrive in the NBA, but he has too many skills to become a complete flop. 

    The former Bulldog shouldn't have been a lottery pick, but he wasn't a massive reach, either. He'll be an immediate contributor with long-term potential, which is solid for a Boston franchise now ready to rebuild after trading away Kevin Garnett and Paul Pierce (once the moratorium lifts in July), especially because his style complements Jared Sullinger's so perfectly. 

    No. 53 (acquired from the Indiana Pacers): Colton Iverson, C, Colorado State

    The Boston Celtics weren't done acquiring big men quite yet, as they selected the heaviest prospect in this draft. 

    Colton Iverson made a habit out of bullying smaller players, but he won't be able to do the same now that he's on a big-league team. That said, he's one of those players who seems to thrive doing the little things out on the court. 

    Iverson should willingly accept a backup role while sitting on the end of the bench. And once he does that, he'll work his tail off to get more playing time and a larger spot in the rotation. 

Brooklyn Nets

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    Overall Grade: B+

    No. 22: Mason Plumlee, C, Duke

    The Brooklyn Nets fans in attendance at the Barclays Center seemed to love this pick, and it's not hard to see why.

    In the 20s now, the pick came during the portion of the draft where teams are trying to find great role players who could eventually become mid-level starters. That's exactly what Mason Plumlee is, and it looks like he's a fairly safe pick after showing a ton of improvement during his final season at Duke. 

    A true seven-footer, Plumlee can run the court like a guard and shows great finishing skills in transition. He's a good rebounder, a solid defender and he was learning how to create for himself in the post as a senior. 

    Plumlee doesn't have a ton of upside, but he's a solid pick in this section of the draft. He'll also learn a lot from Kevin Garnett, who is now set to join the Nets in July after agreeing to waive his no-trade clause.

Charlotte Bobcats

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    Overall Grade: C+

    No. 4: Cody Zeller, PF/C, Indiana

    Leave it to the Charlotte Bobcats to select Cody Zeller while Alex Len and Nerlens Noel are still on the board. Ben McLemore too, for that matter. 

    The Bobcats needed offense, and selecting this former Hoosier is a nice way to find it. The problem is, there's a reason that Zeller dropped down the draft boards after starting the year off in contention for the No. 1 overall pick. He couldn't live up to the high expectations, partially because he lacked that killer instinct of a solid go-to option. 

    Zeller is still a great big man. He's a ridiculous athlete who can run the floor with the guards, but he'll have to develop in the mental department before he can take the next step. 

    Charlotte needed offense, but this was a strange pick since Zeller isn't a true center and is a much riskier prospect than someone like McLemore. 

Chicago Bulls

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    Overall Grade: C

    No. 20: Tony Snell, SG/SF, New Mexico

    This was a strange pick for the Chicago Bulls, who still haven't traded Luol Deng. As long as both Deng and Jimmy Butler are on the roster, Tony Snell isn't going to be able to get much playing time. 

    Drafting a backup center should have been a bigger priority, especially because Gorgui Dieng and Mason Plumlee were both on the board when it was Chicago's turn on the clock. 

    Snell will be the long-term replacement for Deng, who becomes a free agent after the 2013-14 season, but it's still a strange choice. This is especially true because he's a bit of a reach at No. 20. 

    The former Lobo is a versatile player with a ton of defensive potential, but he's quite raw coming into the league.  

    No. 49: Erik Murphy, PF, Florida

    Erik Murphy won't be anything more than a role player in the NBA. 

    He has a great jumper, but he's not very skilled using his frame in many other ways. That range will help space the court for the Bulls, but it's unlikely he ever gets much time on this squad. Tom Thibodeau loves defensive players, and that's not one of Murphy's strengths. 

    The former Gator could develop into a stretch 4, but he'd still be a situational one. 

Cleveland Cavaliers

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    Overall Grade: B

    No. 1: Anthony Bennett, PF, UNLV

    Well, no one saw this coming.

    Leading up to the draft, the talk was all about whether the Cleveland Cavaliers would select Nerlens Noel or Alex Len, but we were thrown a curveball on the very first pitch of the event. 

    Anthony Bennett has the potential to become a great stretch 4 in the NBA, but he's going to have to put a lot of work in on that jumper. He showed it off while at UNLV, but the range needs to improve quickly. If it does—and he keeps the excess weight off—a Kyrie Irving-Bennett pick-and-pop will be deadly. 

    An undersized player with terrific strength and athleticism, Bennett's long arms will help him overcome his lack of height, but he's going to have to develop a tougher persona on the court.

    For what seems like the millionth year in a row, Cleveland seems to be reaching with a lottery pick. It's worked out with Tristan Thompson and is on that trajectory with Dion Waiters. 

    Will Bennett follow suit?

    No. 19: Sergey Karasev, SF, Russia

    Don't believe for a second that Sergey Karasev will be a draft-and-stash prospect, as his game is NBA-ready right now. He should be a key part of the Cleveland Cavaliers playoff push, especially because of the glaring void at small forward. 

    Karasev has a silky-smooth shot, and his range extends well beyond the three-point arc. 

    The Russian is already a solid scorer, especially because he has good, shifty handles that allow him to make up for his relatively limited athleticism. Karasev will serve primarily as a spot-up shooter who can help spread the court for Kyrie Irving's dashes to the basket. 

    Landing Karasev, who was expected to be a lottery pick, at No. 19 makes the No. 1 pick look better as well. 

    No. 33: Carrick Felix, SG, Arizona State

    After drafting Sergey Karasev and creating an offensive core of Kyrie Irving, Dion Waiters and the Russian forward, the Cavs decided to pursue some defense with their second pick of the second round. This came after trading the No. 31 spot to the Portland Trail Blazers for two future second-round picks. 

    Carrick Felix is a huge shooting guard, standing 6'6" with a 6'9" wingspan, and he often shows a pure hatred for allowing opposing players to score points. He's big enough to play small forward, although that's not his natural position. 

    A great athlete, Felix can slash to the basket in both half-court sets and the transition game, but he'll need to work on his outside shooting if he hopes to contribute much offensively. 

Dallas Mavericks

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    Overall Grade: B+

    No. 18 (acquired from Atlanta Hawks): Shane Larkin, PG, Miami

    The Dallas Mavericks didn't completely move out of this draft, instead selecting Shane Larkin out of Miami. To get him, the Mavs moved back from No. 16 by giving up Jared Cunningham and the No. 44 pick in this year's draft.

    A diminutive point guard, Larkin makes up for his lack of height with his explosive athleticism. He put that on display both with the Hurricanes and at the combine, when he skied 44 inches into the air. A quick player, Larkin thrives running pick-and-rolls, though he'll change that to the pick-and-pop variety now that he gets to play alongside Dirk Nowitzki. 

    Larkin will struggle defensively given his size and limited wingspan, but he's an offensive spark plug with a jumper that will immediately translate to the NBA. He's a solid value pick at No. 18. 

    No. 43 (acquired from Milwaukee Bucks): Ricky Ledo, SG, Providence

    Ricky Ledo's slide ends with him going to the Dallas Mavericks, where he'll be counted on for offensive production from Day 1. 

    The shooting guard may not have played a second of college ball, but he practiced with Providence and stayed in playing shape. 

    He has a well-rounded offensive game and can both hit catch-and-shoot looks and create for himself. 

Denver Nuggets

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    Overall Grade: B

    No. 46 (acquired from the Utah Jazz): Erick Green, PG/SG, Virginia Tech

    The NCAA's leading scorer slipped to the middle of the second round, where his upside is now well worth the risk. 

    Denver could definitely use a bit of an outside-shooting spark, and that's exactly what Erick Green provides. He obviously won't be such a volume scorer anymore, but he could definitely be used to help space the court for Denver's love of the penetration offense. 

    Now he just has to improve his passing and pick a position. 

    No. 55 (acquired from the Memphis Grizzlies): Joffrey Lauvergne, PF, France

    A draft-and-stash player, Joffrey Lauvergne has the potential to become a potent scorer down the road. It will be a while, especially considering he struggled to get much playing time at Chalon and Valencia, but this was a solid pick because he's shown off some intriguing tools. 

    The Frenchman thrived finishing around the basket (albeit with a small sample size), lending credence to the belief that he could eventually make a sizable impact. 

Detroit Pistons

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    Overall Grade: B+

    No. 8: Kentavious Caldwell-Pope, SG, Georgia

    Brandon Knight is officially going to play point guard for the Detroit Pistons now that Kentavious Caldwell-Pope is on the roster. 

    KCP is a true shooting guard who can make a noticeable two-way impact. His primary asset is his perimeter shooting, as the former Georgia Bulldog has a great release that he can get off at a moment's notice. He'll have to improve as a shot-creator—especially playing alongside Knight—but that's a skill he can develop. 

    The shooting guard also has great defensive instincts, and he'll help take some of the pressure off Greg Monroe by providing some semblance of defense for the backcourt. 

    No. 37: Tony Mitchell, PF, North Texas

    I'm not the biggest Tony Mitchell fan out there, but this was a savvy move for the Detroit Pistons, who are still looking to add upside to their roster. 

    The power forward from North Texas took a step backward during his second season—which he never should have agreed to play for the Mean Green—and now he's making the transition from low-level college ball to the NBA. That's a difficult jump. 

    But, Mitchell is an elite athlete with tremendous skill as well. The second round is a time to take risks, and this was one with a lot of upside. 

    No. 56: Peyton Siva, PG, Louisville

    Championship-winning point guards aren't exactly a dime a dozen, so landing Peyton Siva at No. 56 is a pretty nice find for the Pistons. 

    A defensive stopper with athleticism, Siva should eventually become an end-of-the-rotation guy who loves making stops during garbage time, but he's also going to be a nice glue guy who's good for the locker room.

Golden State Warriors

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    Overall Grade: B

    No. 30 (acquired from the Phoenix Suns): Nemanja Nedovic, PG/SG, Serbia

    Nemanja Nedovic might not play in the NBA during the 2013-14 season, but the Golden State Warriors don't need that much help at the moment. This is especially true if the Dubs choose to re-sign Jarrett Jack, who is now a free agent. 

    For this Serbian shooting guard, it's all about athleticism. 

    Nedovic can basically fly. He's an incredibly explosive guard who thrives elevating on the move. Whether he's jumping off one or two feet, he can get into the air quickly and stay there a long time. That's pretty rare for a primary ball-handler. 

Houston Rockets

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    Overall Grade: C+

    No. 34: Isaiah Canaan, PG, Murray State

    A small point guard out of Murray State, Isaiah Canaan will have his work cut out for him to earn much playing time for the Houston Rockets. 

    The team figures to retain both Jeremy Lin and Patrick Beverley, which will make it awfully difficult for the former Racer to make any noise during his rookie season. 

    Canaan has the offensive game to stick in a rotation, but he'll have to get the playing time first. This was a strange pick for that reason, as Houston could have used this spot to draft a player who could capably back up James Harden. 

    The Murray State product isn't going to be a standout at the 1, meaning that the Rockets have added yet another mid-level point guard. 

Indiana Pacers

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    Overall Grade: C-

    No. 23: Solomon Hill, SF/PF, Arizona

    For the second year in a row (see: Plumlee, Miles), the Indiana Pacers made an inexplicable reach with their first-round pick. 

    Solomon HIll transitioned from power forward to small forward during his final season with the Wildcats, and he shot up the draft boards once he added a perimeter game. He set career highs in both three-pointers made and three-point percentage, which only made him more versatile. 

    The forward isn't particularly impressive in many areas, and he doesn't have high upside. That's not a great combination in the first round, especially with so many more talented players left on the board. 

    At least we know why Larry Bird was brought back now. 

Los Angeles Clippers

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    Overall Grade: B+

    No. 25: Reggie Bullock, SF, North Carolina

    The Los Angeles Clippers didn't want to take any risks with this pick, selecting one of the safer players at 25.

    Reggie Bullock has very limited upside, but we know what his role will be already. The North Carolina product will be a spot-up shooter on the wing and in the corners, spreading out the court on a consistent basis.

    Unless he magically learns how to dribble, Bullock isn't going to be able to take many steps forward. He is what he is at this stage of his career, and that's a solid role player.  

Los Angeles Lakers

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    Overall Grade: C-

    No. 48: Ryan Kelly, PF, Duke

    The Duke Blue Devils sharpshooter was an...interesting selection for the Los Angeles Lakers. He has a great outside shot, but that's about all he brings to the table. 

    Ryan Kelly simply isn't a versatile player. Despite his seven-foot frame, he struggles defensively and isn't much of a contributor on the boards. 

    This isn't the type of pick that will lure Dwight Howard back to the team, although that would have been rather difficult anyway with the No. 48 selection. 

Memphis Grizzlies

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    Overall Grade: A

    No. 41: Jamaal Franklin, SG/SF, San Diego State

    The Memphis Grizzlies couldn't have dreamed of landing a better player without making a draft-day move. 

    Jamaal Franklin was supposed to go in the teens, and there was some talk of him even being a lottery pick. The reason? His versatility. 

    Whatever you ask this swingman to do, he'll succeed. 

    He can play great defense, run the court in transition and finish with his athletic jumps, facilitate for his teammates, or score the ball. Franklin was the only player in the country to lead his team in points, rebounds, assists and steals during the 2012-13 season, and he'll emerge as the hidden gem of this draft class. 

    No. 60: Janis Timma, SF/PF, Latvia

    Janis Timma isn't a great athlete, but he's a smooth player who doesn't waste much energy. 

    He can also score both inside and outside, thanks to his creative, in-air finishes and his three-point shooting. Don't expect to see either of those skills for a while, though. 

    This year's Mr. Irrelevant is definitely a draft-and-stash guy. 

Miami Heat

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    Overall Grade: B

    No. 47: Raul Neto, PG, Brazil

    Raul Neto might not come to the NBA right away, but if he does, he'll be glued to the bench. 

    The Brazilian floor general is an extremely aggressive point guard, and that works both in his favor and against him. His speed lets him get a lot of penetration, but he also turns the ball over quite frequently when he goes into out-of-control mode. 

    No. 50 (acquired from the Atlanta Hawks): James Ennis, SF, Long Beach State

    James Ennis is definitely a project player, but he's a project well worth developing. 

    The Long Beach State product should become a "3 and D" guy, but he also brings a nice slashing element to the table, something that Dwyane Wade should help him capitalize on. An incredible athlete, Ennis will eventually make defense his calling card. 

    The Miami Heat are deep enough that Ennis won't get much playing time as a rookie, but he'll likely be happy just to be in the league and playing for the defending champions. 

    Ennis was a solid choice. Nothing special, but solid. 

Minnesota Timberwolves

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    Overall Grade: A

    No. 14 (acquired from the Utah Jazz): Shabazz Muhammad, SG/SF, UCLA

    With one of the two picks that they acquired by trading away the rights to Trey Burke to the Utah Jazz, the Minnesota Timberwolves managed to land one of their initial targets in the draft. 

    Shabazz Muhammad might not have the elite athleticism we once believed that he possessed, but he fills the team's needs perfectly. 

    Minnesota needed size at the 2, which is the position Shabazz will eventually settle into, and some long-range shooting would have been nice as well. That's exactly what Muhammad brings to the table, as he's just a pure scorer. He can put up points inside and out. 

    The UCLA swingman was falling down the boards, but he's a nice value pickup with the last pick of the lottery. 

    No. 21 (acquired from Utah Jazz): Gorgui Dieng, C, Louisville

    I love this pick for the Minnesota Timberwolves, who added a terrific defensive presence and dose of athleticism to a frontcourt that needed both. 

    Dieng will play behind Kevin Love and Nikola Pekovic, assuming the restricted free agent is brought back for another season. 

    He hasn't shown many hints of long-term upside on the offensive end of the court, but he's already a great shot-blocker who should eventually get smarter and learn how not to be too aggressive with his rejection attempts. 

    No. 52: Lorenzo Brown, PG, N.C. State

    A tremendous distributor, Lorenzo Brown should do well watching Ricky Rubio and learning everything he can. He won't play much for Minnesota until we're a few years down the road, but he's a nice value pick at No. 52. 

    Brown should pan out as a solid backup guard who specializes in racking up the assists. 

    He has enough talent and NBA readiness that he should get one of the last spots in Minnesota's rotation. Brown simply isn't a D-League guy. 

Milwaukee Bucks

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    Overall Grade: B

    No. 15: Giannis Adetokunbo, SF, Greece

    The Milwaukee Bucks, even with Shane Larkin on the board, decided to go with the ultimate high-risk, high-reward selection, drafting Giannis Adetokunbo with the first post-lottery pick. 

    A 6'9" small forward who has reminded some of Kevin Durant in very limited doses, Adetokunbo has thrilled with his long-term potential, huge frame and monstrous hands. He dominated in a second-tier Greek league, but he wasn't exactly playing against stellar competition. 

    Adetokunbo isn't just months away from being ready for the NBA—he's years away. 

    With great ball-handling skills and a solid perimeter game, there's a shot at superstardom here. It'll just be a while before we figure out if it hits the target or not. 

    No. 38 (from the Philadelphia 76ers via Washington Wizards): Nate Wolters, PG, South Dakota State

    With one of the two picks acquired from trading away the 35th selection, the Philadelphia 76ers selected another point guard, and he's one who could end up starting.

    Yes, Nate Wolters is that good. 

    The former Jackrabbit doesn't have terrific hops (cue the groans), but he has shifty quickness and athleticism, and he's just a remarkable offensive player. Wolters is one of those guys who will be around in this league for a long, long time. 

New Orleans Pelicans

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    Overall Grade: A+

    Acquired Jrue Holiday from the Philadelphia 76ers

    The New Orleans Pelicans got a guaranteed All-Star by trading Nerlens Noel—who they originally selected at No. 6—and a first-round pick in the stacked 2014 NBA draft class. This probably won't end up mattering, because the Pelicans are now poised to be more competitive, but the pick is top-five protected. 

    Jrue Holiday would have gone No. 1 in this draft, and it wouldn't even have been close. 

    This was a remarkable move for the Pelicans, who just added a bona fide stud while keeping Anthony Davis and the rest of its roster intact. Noel could come back to bite them, but Jrue is already an established player in this league, taking much of the risk out of the equation. 

    Greivis Vasquez moves to an off-guard role because of this move, but it's one he's thrived in while playing limited minutes. 

    No. 42: Pierre Jackson, PG, Baylor

    Even though he's remarkably tiny, Pierre Jackson is a dynamic facilitator and scorer. With his remarkable athleticism, he should become the next pint-sized success story in the NBA. 

    Jackson was an offensive bundle at Baylor, and he'll be a spark plug off the bench for the Pelicans. 

New York Knicks

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    Overall Grade: A-

    No. 24: Tim Hardaway Jr., SG/SF, Michigan

    A great athlete with a well-rounded offensive game, Tim Hardaway Jr. now makes J.R. Smith expendable. The dynamic shooting guard and reigning Sixth Man of the Year better not ask for too much money now that the Michigan product is on the roster. 

    Hardaway Jr. has a fantastic diversity to his scoring game. 

    He can explode to the rim, drill three-pointers with reckless abandon, or curl around screens for mid-range shots. The swingman needs to improve his ball-handling skills (ironic, considering who his father is), but he clearly put work into that area during his collegiate career. 

    This was a great value pick for the New York Knicks. 

Orlando Magic

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    Overall Grade: A

    No. 2: Victor Oladipo, SG, Indiana

    The Orlando Magic got their guy at No. 2, selecting arguably the safest player in this draft class. 

    After taking huge strides forward during his final season with the Indiana Hoosiers, Victor Oladipo shot up draft boards while displaying a much-improved perimeter jumper. That shot makes Arron Afflalo more expendable now, opening up the possibility that Orlando can trade to find its point guard of the future. 

    Oladipo's work ethic and defensive strengths make him a sure-fire contributor during his rookie season. There's not just a chance this shooting guard becomes a great defender—he will be one. Possibly as early as his first season in the Association. 

    The former Hoosier was both a safe pick and a great one for Orlando. 

    No. 51: Romero Osby, PF, Oklahoma

    Romero Osby will need to become more than just a banger if he wants to eventually thrive in the NBA. 

    He'll never be more than a role player, but Osby's work ethic is a positive, and he knows how to make the most of his physical tools. He experienced a lot of success in a physical conference, so that will bode will for him at the next level. 

Philadelphia 76ers

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    Overall Grade: B-

    No. 6 (from the New Orleans Pelicans): Nerlens Noel, C, Kentucky

    The Philadelphia 76ers no longer need to worry about re-signing Andrew Bynum—they've found their center of the future: Nerlens Noel. 

    After knee issues caused a draft-day slide, Noel was selected by the New Orleans Pelicans and traded to the Philadelphia 76ers for...wait for it...Jrue Holiday and the 42nd pick in this draft. Philly also gets a 2014 first-round pick (top-five protected).

    That's right, the Sixers gave up the face of their franchise for a coveted 2014 pick and a player with major red flags. 

    This one will take a while to judge, but it feels like it's currently resting in favor of the Pelicans. 

    No. 11: Michael Carter-Williams, PG, Syracuse

    It didn't take long to find a replacement for Jrue Holiday, as Michael Carter-Williams was snatched up just five picks after the Sixers traded away the All-Star. 

    This helps redeem trading away the face of the franchise, but MCW was a reach at 11 and has a lot of improving to do if he hopes to even settle in as a starter. 

    At Syracuse, Carter-Williams struggled in half-court sets, racking up many of his points and assists in transition. He's not much of a jump-shooter—not at this stage of his career at leastand his defense will have to adjust to the man-to-man play used in the NBA. 

    Carter-Williams is a solid selection, but not a franchise-changing one. 

    No. 54: Arsalan Kazemi, PF, Oregon

    The first Iranian-born player to ever be selected in the NBA draft, Arsalan Kazemi is a player who's easy to root for because he works so hard to make good on his physical talents. 

    Pound-for-pound, Kazemi is one of the best rebounders in this draft class. He'll make that his calling card in the NBA. 

Phoenix Suns

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    Overall Grade: A

    No. 5: Alex Len, C, Maryland

    This 7'1" Maryland center would have been completely overrated had he gone No. 1 to the Charlotte Bobcats, but he's a reasonable selection at No. 5. 

    Alex Len's presence in the desert probably means that Marcin Gortat's reign of terror running pick-and-roll sets for the Phoenix Suns is drawing to a close. Len will need a while to rehab from his stress fracture and get back into playing shape, but the 5 will be his before too long. 

    With great athleticism and a 7'4" wingspan, Len has great defensive potential, and he's not as bad offensively as he was made out to be for the Terrapins. Maryland's backcourt struggled to get him the ball and space the court, so we never got to see the full extent of his offensive arsenal. 

    Len shows some potential as a jump-shooter, and he has a developing set of post moves. Don't expect him to make much scoring noise as a rookie, but he appears to be a big man with plenty of long-term upside.

    No. 29 (from the Oklahoma City Thunder): Archie Goodwin, SG, Kentucky

    The Phoenix Suns needed some help on the wing, especially after selecting Len with their first pick.

    They found it in the form of Archie Goodwin, a raw shooting guard whose potential is directly tied to how well he can shoot the ball. The 6'5" Kentucky product has defensive talent, and he's aggressive attacking the rim. Thanks to his elite hops and knack for finishing through contact, Goodwin could become a premier slasher. 

    Goodwin must improve his decision-making skills and work on that jumper, but the young guard has high upside at the end of Round 1.

    As part of acquiring this pick, the Suns also picked up Malcolm Lee from the Minnesota Timberwolves. 

    No. 57: Alex Oriakhi, PF/C, Missouri

    It's all about defense for Alex Oriakhi. 

    He doesn't have the footspeed to guard smaller power forwards, but he can be a solid situational big man. Don't be surprised when he's used in defensive lineups as a rookie. 

    Oriakhi won't ever make much of an offensive impact, but that's not why he was picked. 

Oklahoma City Thunder

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    Overall Grade: B+

    No. 12: Steven Adams, C, Pittsburgh

    I love this pick for the Oklahoma City Thunder, even if it won't pay immediate dividends to their championship goals.

    Steven Adams is a great energy guy, showing off constant hustle and athleticism. He can be a solid defender during his rookie year, but the Thunder can't count on him for any sort of offensive contributions. Maybe in the future, but not during the 2013-14 campaign.

    The Pittsburgh product is a long-term project, but his massive body contains a ton of potential. He can fill in certain roles—rebounding and defense, primarily—right away, and he could be a star down the road. 

    No. 26 (acquired from the Minnesota Timberwolves): Andre Roberson, SF/PF, Colorado

    The Oklahoma City Thunder needed to focus on their backcourt with this pick after the Steven Adams selection at No. 12, but instead they took an extremely limited combo forward who doesn't have any idea what his position is. 

    Roberson's one marketable skill is his rebounding, as he's pretty darn good on the boards. Good enough to finish second in the NCAA in rebounds per game, actually. 

    That said, he often looks confused on offense and doesn't have any semblance of a quality jumper. We're also going to see some Wrap-a-Roberson strategies employed, as he struggles to stay above 50 percent from the charity stripe. 

    With some solid guards left on the board, this was a real head-scratcher. It could have been even worse, but the Thunder only had to give up the No. 29 pick and cash to move up three spots. 

    No. 32: Alex Abrines, SG, Spain

    There's a reason that Alex Abrines has drawn comparisons to Kyle Korver. And you'll get to see that, but only if you watch him play in Spain. 

    Abrines is a draft-and-stash prospect who will have a few more years to make good on his potential before joining the Oklahoma City Thunder. 

    He has an excellent stroke and uses screens quite well. 

    No. 40: Grant Jerrett, PF, Arizona

    The Thunder have successfully added some frontcourt depth during the draft.

    Grant Jerrett didn't get much playing time at Arizona, but he's a fantastic shooter who actually took more three-pointers than two-pointers during his one and only season as a Wildcat. Don't be surprised when he works his way into the rotation quickly. 

    Jerrett projects out as a stretch 4, which the Thunder could definitely use at this point. 

Portland Trail Blazers

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    Overall Grade: C+

    No. 10: C.J. McCollum, PG/SG, Lehigh

    The Portland Trail Blazers already have Damian Lillard on the roster, who isn't particularly big for a point guard, and now they're adding C.J. McCollum. The Lehigh product might be listed as a combo guard, but he's also small enough that he'll have to settle in as a point guard as well. 

    As a result, this was a strange pick. The scoring potential of the Blazers lineup is striking, but there were bigger priorities in Rip City than adding to an already strong backcourt. Steven Adams was still on the board, for example, and there was a glaring hole at center. 

    No. 31 (acquired from the Cleveland Cavaliers): Allen Crabbe, SG, California

    This would have been a great value pick even after trading two future second-round picks to get here for the Portland Trail Blazers, but not after drafting McCollum. 

    Crabbe is another scoring guard, and there's not going to be enough room for him with Damian Lillard, McCollum and Wesley Matthews all on the roster. Unless he can beef up and play small forward, which seems unlikely, this was a strange pick. 

    No. 39: Jeff Withey, C, Kansas

    It's hard to find a better role player at No. 39 than the one the Blazers landed. 

    Jeff Withey isn't just a great shot-blocker, he's a great defender who understands timing and rotations perfectly. Even without top-notch athleticism, Withey will be a great rim-protector in the NBA. 

    The Kansas product won't be much of an offensive threat, but he can run the court well and finish in transition. He was also showing off an expanding arsenal of post moves during his final season with the Jayhawks, even if it's unlikely he gets to do the same in Rip City. 

    No. 45: Marko Todorovic, C, Serbia

    The 21-year-old big man won't be making it to the NBA for quite some time. His 6'11" frame and offensive upside give him a chance to eventually make it stateside, but this is the last time you'll hear his name for a while.  

Sacramento Kings

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    Overall Grade: A-

    No. 7: Ben McLemore, SG, Kansas

    It's hard to land the best player in the draft at No. 7, but that's exactly what the Sacramento Kings did when Ben McLemore fell into their laps. 

    The former Kansas shooting guard has insane offensive potential, reminding many of a younger Ray Allen. He can attack the rim and finish with a thunderous dunk, or he can drill three-pointers off a catch-and-shoot. McLemore doesn't create his own shots yet, but he's quite adept at using screens to free himself from the defense. 

    Landing McLemore makes re-signing Tyreke Evans less of a priority, but the two could certainly work together in the backcourt. 

    DeMarcus Cousins is currently dancing with joy because Sacramento just figured out how to spread the court and clear out the paint for him. 

    No. 37: Ray McCallum, PG, Detroit

    The Sacramento Kings weren't done adding guards to the roster. Not after drafting Ray McCallum with the 37th pick of the draft. 

    A coach's son at Detroit, McCallum will be in for a nice adjustment in the NBA now that he has to take much more of a backseat. His size won't be as beneficial anymore, either, now that he's playing against much stronger competition. 

    It's unclear where exactly McCallum fits into the Sacramento plan, but with every guard they draft, it appears more and more unlikely that all the free-agent guards will be retained. 

San Antonio Spurs

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    Overall Grade: B+

    No. 28: Livio Jean-Charles, SF/PF, France

    Livio Jean-Charles was an iffy NBA prospect, but then the San Antonio Spurs selected him. After that was announced, he magically became a better basketball player. 

    Obviously that's not true, but would it actually surprise you if general manager R.C. Buford had that type of power? 

    The French forward won't be coming over to the NBA for a few years. He'll develop his jumper further overseas, adding range that will complement his ability to slash to the basket and finish in traffic. 

    This was our first ho-hum pick of the draft, as we won't see Jean-Charles for a while. 

    No. 58: Deshaun Thomas, SF, Ohio State

    Deshaun Thomas has one marketable skill: He can score. 

    The Ohio State product had the ultimate green light with the Buckeyes, and that obviously won't be true with the San Antonio Spurs. He's particularly adept in catch-and-shoot situations, and that's where he'll thrive with the Spurs, who live and die by the corner three. 

    Surprise, surprise—this was a great pick by the Spurs. 

Utah Jazz

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    Overall Grade: A

    No. 8 (acquired from the Minnesota Timberwolves): Trey Burke, PG, Michigan

    The Utah Jazz had to give up both of their first-round picks (Nos. 14 and 21) to acquire Trey Burke, but it was well worth it. 

    Point guard was the biggest weakness for these Salt Lake City dwellers, and that's no longer the case after acquiring the top floor general in this draft class. Burke is a true floor general who can lead an offense both with his distributing and his scoring, even if he'd prefer to use the latter. 

    Burke has All-Star potential, especially in Utah, where the show should be his from Day 1. 

    No. 27 (acquired from the Denver Nuggets): Rudy Gobert, C, France

    Rudy Gobert is incredibly raw, but he's even longer than he is raw. His 7'9" wingspan is unprecedented, and it's almost unfair for a true seven-footer to have arms that long. He can block shots without even jumping, seeing as his standing reach of 9'7" leaves him only five inches short of the rim.

    The key for Gobert is transitioning from a set of numbers into an actual basketball player.

    His value is currently limited to shot-blocking and finishing in transition, and it'll be a while before he develops an NBA-caliber skill set.

    This pick was all about upside for the Jazz, who have already landed their franchise point guard to go along with the young studs they have at each position. All they had to give up to get Gobert was the No. 46 pick and some cash.  

Washington Wizards

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    Overall Grade: A+

    No. 3: Otto Porter, SF, Georgetown

    In a draft full of uncertainty, it seemed like we've known about this one forever. 

    Otto Porter is a terrific fit for the Washington Wizards thanks to his versatility and ability to spread the court for John Wall's aggressive drives to the basket. His jumper may be unorthodox, but it's consistent and allows him to find the bottom of the net from long range and mid-range alike. 

    The Georgetown product will also be a great defender at the professional level. He's not particularly quick moving side to side, but he has good instincts and uses his lanky arms quite well. 

    Washington's biggest hole was at the 3, and it's now been filled. Perhaps the most complete prospect in this draft class, Porter isn't a future superstar, but he's a sure-fire starter in this league. 

    No. 35 (acquired from the Philadelphia 76ers): Glen Rice Jr., SG/SF, Rio Grande Valley

    A terrific offensive player, Glen Rice Jr. followed an intriguing path to the NBA. He was dismissed from the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets, found himself on the bench in the D-League, and now finds himself in the NBA.

    This pick originally belonged to the Philadelphia 76ers, but Washington gave up the No. 38 and No. 54 picks to land Rice. 

    He can shoot the ball from the outside and slash to the basket with his athleticism. Expect him to work his way into the rotation rather quickly, especially because he already has some experience playing against NBA-caliber talent. 


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