The 2013 NBA Draft took place in Brooklyn last night. Leading up to the event, tons of talk were lingering around the media. Not only because it was Commissioner David Stern’s 30th and final draft, but also because it was claimed to be one of the worst drafts in a while.(If you were looking for a superstar) The Cavilers, who held the first overall pick shocked everyone when they selected UNLV’s 6’8 PF Anthony Bennett.
There were also an abundance of trades that went down. Nerlens Noel, who was projected as the first selection, dropped down to the number 6 spot. He was taken by the New Orleans Pelicans, but soon after traded to the Philadelphia 76ers for Jrue Holiday. Michigan Point Guard, and Player of the Year, Trey Burke was selected by the Minnesota Timberwolves and traded to the Utah Jazz for what turned out to be UCLA Standout Shabazz Muhammad and Louisville Center Gorgui Deing. This had to be one of the most exciting drafts I have ever witnessed. Not knowing what could happen next had everyone on the edge of their seat. Even after Commissioner Stern received a plethora of “boo’s” he eventually introduced new Commissioner Adam Silver. Silver also received harsh reviews from the crowd. It was only fitting before he brought out Stern’s first ever draft pick to be introduced, Two time NBA Champion, Hakeem Olajuwon.
It was a great night and teams did what was best for their organization. I would say the Portland Trailblazers had the best draft teaming up combo guard C.J. McCollum and Kansas Big Man Jeff Withey with Rookie of the Year, Damian Lillard. Charlotte seemed to have the worst draft, selecting Center Cody Zeller with the fourth overall selection. Zeller was projected to be a star and possible number one overall pick coming into last year, but was often out shined by teammate Victor Oladipo and didn’t respond well to physical play in the paint.
Victor Oladipo -Orlando Magic
Otto Porter Jr -Washington Wizards
Ben Mclemore- Sacramento Kings
Michael Carter Williams- Philadelphia 76ers
Tim Hardaway Jr- New York Knicks