A wild Thursday night provided one of the crazier NBA drafts in recent memory, and with so much chaos, it only seems appropriate to sift through it, come up with grades and take a look at some guys that weren’t taken.
From the very first pick of the night, you could tell things were going to be crazy. When Anthony Bennett’s name was called, fans across the world were shocked, and it didn’t get much different for the rest of the night.
A full list of the 2013 NBA Draft results are provided right here, along with grades for each team pick and a look at some of the top undrafted free agents.
NBA Draft Results and Grades
|3.||Wizards||Otto Porter Jr.||SF||Georgetown||A-|
|10.||Trail Blazers||C.J. McCollum||SG||Lehigh||B-|
|18.||Mavericks*||Shane Larkin||PG||Miami (FL)||B-|
|20.||Bulls||Tony Snell||SG||New Mexico||B+|
|24.||Knicks||Tim Hardaway Jr.||SG||Michigan||B|
|25.||Clippers||Reggie Bullock||SF||North Carolina||C|
|28.||Spurs||Livio Jean-Charles||SF||French Guiana||B-|
|31.||Trail Blazers*||Allen Crabbe||SG||California||A-|
|33.||Cavaliers||Carrick Felix||SG||Arizona State||B|
|34.||Rockets||Isaiah Canaan||PG||Murray State||A-|
|35.||Wizards*||Glen Rice Jr.||SF||NBA D-League||A-|
|36.||Kings||Ray McCallum||PG||Detroit Mercy||C+|
|37.||Pistons||Tony Mitchell||F||North Texas||B+|
|38.||76ers*||Nate Wolters||PG||South Dakota State||B-|
|39.||Trail Blazers||Jeff Withey||C||Kansas||B|
|40.||Trail Blazers||Grant Jerrett||PF||Arizona||B-|
|41.||Grizzlies||Jamaal Franklin||SG||San Diego State||A|
|45.||Trail Blazers||Marko Todorovic||PF||Montenegro||C|
|46.||Nuggets*||Erick Green||PG||Virginia Tech||B|
|50.||Heat||James Ennis||SF||Long Beach State||C-|
|52.||Timberwolves||Lorenzo Brown||PG||North Carolina State||A|
|53.||Celtics*||Colton Iverson||C||Colorado State||B-|
|58.||Spurs||Deshaun Thomas||SF||Ohio State||A-|
Biggest Winner: Washington Wizards
Overall Draft Grade: A
John Wall is the clear centerpiece of this franchise and likely will be for the next five to 10 years. He and Bradley Beal combined to make a pretty nice backcourt for a team that showed flashes last season.
After this year's draft, the Wizards very well may be a playoff-caliber team in the 2013-14 season.
The draft started with two pretty surprising picks in Anthony Bennett and Victor Oladipo, but the Wizard’s pick of Otto Porter Jr. was one that made a lot of sense. The Wizards didn’t need another guard or a big-time scorer, but rather, they needed someone who can play solid defense and do his fair share on offense.
Porter may not have had the most upside out of all the prospects, but he was probably one of the safer picks in the draft.
Even after a nice pick in Porter, the Wizards were able to get another great player in the second round by taking Glen Rice Jr.
Rice was in the NBA D-League last season after being dismissed from Georgia Tech. While in the D-League, he took it by storm, helping lead his team to the championship. He can become a nice scorer off of the bench and possibly a sixth man for the Wizards very quickly.
Watch out for the Wizards next season, because they’re going to be turning a lot of heads.
Biggest Loser: Indiana Pacers
Overall Grade: C-
For a team that came in with two picks and a couple of pretty obvious needs, the Pacers made some questionable decisions.
The Pacers needed a backup point guard to help George Hill after D.J. Augustin struggled trying to run the offense. They also needed some bench scoring after their starting five carried the majority of the load last season.
Instead, the Pacers took Solomon Hill, a bruiser at small forward who isn’t exactly a big scorer. He prefers to play like a power forward, and focuses more on strong defense rather than putting up big points.
The Pacers also traded their second-round pick to the the Celtics for some cash, leaving them with only one new player after Thursday night.
If Danny Granger leaves, Hill could make a bit more sense. Until then, this was a pretty disappointing draft for a team that nearly beat the Miami Heat in the Eastern Conference Finals.
Top Undrafted Free Agents
C.J. Leslie, SF, NC State
There’s not a single player who was more deserving of a draft pick and didn’t get selected than Leslie. A potential impact player with a combination of impressive athleticism, quickness and stifling defense should have garnered interest in the early second round.
The knock on Leslie in college was the he wasn’t always motivated, particularly on defense. He has an impressive 7’2’’ wingspan and could guard the wing with ease, but he just didn’t show it consistently in college.
Well, after being snubbed in the draft, it’s safe to say he’ll probably have some extra motivation.
Adrian Wojnarowski tweeted that the New York Knicks have reached a deal with Leslie. If he makes the team, Leslie may very well be someone develops into a role player in a few years.
Vander Blue, SG, Marquette
A breakout run in the NCAA Tournament could have possibly given Blue the hype that he needed to land with a team in the NBA.
Instead, Blue will be hoping that he can prove his worth in the Summer league, assuming a team decides to invite him.
Blue averaged 14.8 points and 3.2 rebounds per game while shooting 45.4 percent from the field for the Golden Eagles. He was the go-to guy for this team, but unfortunately his developing jump shot likely forced teams to steer away from him.
Now, it is going to be an uphill battle for Blue. Will someone give him the chance a number of people believe he deserves? We will have to wait for a couple of months before we learn the answer.
Seth Curry, SG, Duke
With a brother currently becoming an NBA Superstar and a father who was a pretty big deal as well, it was pretty surprising not to hear Curry’s name called at some point in the draft. His older brother tweeted his disapproval after the draft:
The younger brother of Stephen Curry had a great senior year with the Blue Devils, putting up 17.5 points per game while shooting 43.8 percent from behind the arc.
Despite his range, Curry is a smaller shooting guard with limited athleticism, and that was the big reason no team took a shot at him.
We will have to see what happens to Seth, but his brother will likely be trying to talk him up as much possible.
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