2013 NBA Draft: The Good, The Bad And What Were They Thinking?

1 Cleveland Cavaliers – Anthony Bennett, Forward, UNLV: For the first time in recent memory, the NBA Draft began with a truly shocking selection, as the Cavaliers took the power-forward out of UNLV. Although Bennett can be pressed into the center position, his best fit will be at the power forward slot, being filled by Tristan Thompson, drafted by the team in 2011 with the number four pick. With obvious needs at the three and the five slot; this pick is curious to say the least GRADE: C+

2 Orlando Magic – Victor Oladipo, Guard, Indiana: The shooting guard’s stock rose sharply over the past month, as he impressed many at the NBA Draft combine, to get the nod at the number two slot over Kansas freshman Ben McLemore. Outside shooting needs work, but he will play strong defense for the Magic. GRADE: B

3 Washington Wizards – Otto Porter, Forward, Georgetown: Strong pick for the second consecutive season, as the Wizards add another cornerstone with the addition of Porter. Combining the small forward with back-court tandem of Wall and Beals, brings the team from the nation’s capital, one step closer to respectability. GRADE: A

4 Charlotte Bobcats – Cody Zeller, Forward/Center, Indiana: Badly needing a center, the B-Cats ignore Nerlens Noel and Alex Len, to go after the swing-player from the Hoosier State. Another curious pick, as far as filling a need. GRADE: C

5 Phoenix Suns – Alex Len, Center, Maryland: Suns are at Ground Zero of their Rebuild Project, so they need help throughout the roster. Len, can play with his back to the basket and can be a beast in the middle for Phoenix. GRADE: A

6 New Orleans Pelicans – Nerlens Noel, Center, Kentucky: Noel, had been the consensus number one pick going into Thursday night, slips all the way down to the sixth slot. Reports state that the Pelicans will trade, Noel to the Philadelphia 76ers, for point guard Jrue Holiday, most likely signaling an end to the Andrew Bynum era. GRADE:A

7 Sacramento Kings – Ben McLemore, Guard, Kansas: Another young man whose stock-dove on Thursday night, Kings who have been cellar dwellers for eons, may have gotten steal of the draft. GRADE: A+

8 Detroit Pistons – Kentavious Caldwell-Pope, Guard, Georgia: The Georgia guard will give the Pistons a guard in the Richard Hamilton mold, as Caldwell-Pope is not shy about taking his shot. GRADE: B

9 Minnesota Timberwolves – Trey Burke, Guard, Michigan: Another trade that made no sense at first blush, until the T-Wolves sent Burke to the Utah Jazz for picks number 14 and 21. GRADE: B+

10 Portland Trail Blazers – C.J. McCollum, Guard, Lehigh: A shooting guard coming off a foot injury….The names change, but the situation never really does in Portland. GRADE: C

11 Philadelphia 76ers – Michael Carter-Williams, Guard, Syracuse: With Jrue Holiday heading to the “Big Easy,” for Nerlens Noel, the Sixers get a point guard with huge upside. GRADE: A

12 Oklahoma City Thunder (via Toronto) – Steven Adams, Center, Pittsburgh: Adams is not going to be a weapon for at least the next couple of seasons, as he is as raw as they come, but he does have the physical tools, to make him worth the risk GRADE: B-

13 Dallas Mavericks – Kelly Olynyk, Forward/Center, Gonzaga: There is no doubt about the offensive game that Olynk will bring to the Mavericks. The question that is out there however, is whether Olynyk can play in the pivot at the NBA level, or will he come off the bench to back up Dirk? GRADE: B+

14 Utah Jazz – Shabazz Muhammad, Guard/Forward, UCLA: Strong pick for the T-Wolves, as the swing-man will give them another scoring option along with Love and Rubio. GRADE: A

15 Milwaukee Bucks -Giannis Adetokunbo, Forward, Greece: Another selection that may look a lot better, three or four years down the road than next season. Although he stands at 6’9″ he reportedly wants to play point in the Association, there is a good chance that he will remain in Greece, possibly for a couple of seasons. GRADE: C

16 Boston Celtics – Lucas Nogueira, Center, Brazil: With rumors of a trade consummated with the Brooklyn Nets next month, that will send Kevin Garnett, Paul Pierce and Jason Terry to Brooklyn, in a deal that will open cap-space for the rebuilding Celtics, Boston goes after the big man from Brazil. The young man can already clean the glass and block shots, but will he be able to score consistently in the Association? GRADE: B-

17 Atlanta Hawks – Dennis Schroeder, Guard, Germany: On a team that already seems to have an established point guard in Jeff Teague, why would Danny Ferry spend consecutive picks on Dennis Schroeder and Shane Larkin? GRADE: C

18 Atlanta Hawks (via Houston) – Shane Larkin, Guard, Miami: See pick number 17 for details. GRADE: C

19 Cleveland Cavaliers (via LA Lakers) – Sergey Karasev, Guard, Russia: Karasev is reportedly ready to play at the NBA level, praised for his basketball IQ, court-vision and passing ability. If he is able to fit that description, the Russian may become a big part of the Cavaliers foundation. GRADE: B+

20 Chicago Bulls – Tony Snell, Forward, New Mexico: Calling this pick a reach, would be phrasing it diplomatically. There have been rumors that the Bulls have Luol Deng on the block, but Snell is not the answer to filling that void. GRADE: D

21 Utah Jazz (via Golden State) – Gorgui Dieng, Center, Louisville::Yet another strong pick for the team from Minnesota, as Dieng will help the Timberwolves keep their opponents big men’s scoring in check. GRADE: A

22 Brooklyn Nets – Mason Plumlee, Center, Duke: Is Brooklyn bringing in the Duke center, to be a back-up to starting center Brook Lopez, or does this signify that Lopez could be on the move? GRADE: B-

23 Indiana Pacers – Solomon Hill, Forward, Arizona: There were far too many better players on the board for Donnie Walsh to waste the pick on a guy who will be a role player at best. GRADE: D

24 New York Knicks – Tim Hardaway Jr., Forward, Michigan: New York needed to go big in this draft, however “Little Timmy” will most likely be popular with the fan-base. GRADE: B-

25 Los Angeles Clippers – Reggie Bullock, Forward/Guard, North Carolina: Clippers put another building block in place with the swing-man. Reggie will give his new team a wingman with scoring ability. Grade: A

26 Minnesota Timberwolves (via Memphis) – Andre Roberson, Forward, Colorado: Roberson actually ends up with the Oklahoma City Thunder. The young man will run through walls for a coach, but lacks the pure athleticism to be a lock. GRADE: C

27 Denver Nuggets – Rudy Gobert, Center, France: No, not Robert Goulet, it’s Rudy Gobert, who brings size, size and more size to the Utah Jazz, as Denver traded the selection for a second round pick from Utah and cash considerations. A project at best, but you can’t teach size.. GRADE: C

28 San Antonio Spurs – Livio Jean-Charles, Forward, France: What would an NBA Draft be without the San Antonio picking a player that is expected to help them two-three years down the line? The power-forward has a 7’2″ wingspan, which is what Hall Of Fame player Kevin McHale brought to the table. GRADE: B

29 Oklahoma City Thunder – Archie Goodwin, Guard, Kentucky: Apparently Goodwin is now a member of the Phoenix Suns. Despite lacking an outside shot, Kentucky coach John Calipari believes this young man is the real deal. GRADE: B

30 Phoenix Suns (via Miami) – Nemanja Nedovic, Guard, Serbia: The Eastern European guard ended the evening with the Golden State Warriors. He played this past season for a pro team in Lithuania and is said to be proficient at both guard slots. GRADE: B-

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