A couple days removed from the 2013 NBA draft and we now can look back and see which teams drafted well and which ones didn't draft so well. With every draft, there are picks that are surprises, picks that are steals and picks that are busts. Here's a look at some of the picks that general managers will regret and some Twitter reactions to back it up.
Charlotte Bobcats: Cody Zeller (No. 4 pick)
The Bobcats have been the laughing stock of the NBA for a few years now, and draft night did not seem to change that. Charlotte is in need of a franchise player that can carry this team out of the NBA's rock bottom. Cody Zeller is not that guy.
Zeller is a good player, so he isn't necessarily a bust. Zeller is a big man that can run the floor and is creative at scoring in the paint. He hustles and will give the Bobcats everything he's got.
The problem is that Zeller was taken before some other players with star potential, while he is unlikely to ever be a true star in this league. Zeller was selected with Nerlens Noel, Ben McLemore, Alex Len and some other big names still on the board.
Charlotte will probably regret this pick when other guys taken after Zeller will shine much brighter than he ever will. Zeller will be a good role guy, but he does not have the star potential like a handful of other guys in this draft class have.
Cleveland Cavaliers: Anthony Bennett (No. 1 pick)
The problem with the Bennett pick is the same with the Zeller pick. Bennett is a talented player who will be successful in the NBA one day, but there were so many other options that it is hard to say that the Cavs made the right decision.
No one saw this pick coming. Analysts were shocked. Players were shocked. Cavs fans were shocked. Anthony Bennett himself was shocked! The fact that no one saw it coming should indicate that this might not have been such a smart pick.
It is still unknown which position Bennett will play for Cleveland. He is too big to play the 3, but too short to play the 4. The Cavs already have two guards in place with Kyrie Irving and Dion Waiters. They also have a solid power forward in Tristan Thompson.
People assumed the Cavs would take big man Nerlens Noel to fill the void at center. They also have room for improvement at small forward, which Bennett might have to play if he is going to start. Bennett will have to adjust his game if he wants to succeed at the 3 spot.
There are too many question marks surrounding Bennett and how he will fit in to the Cavs lineup. This is why taking him first overall may have been a costly mistake.
Boston Celtics (via Mavericks): Kelly Olynyk (No. 13 pick)
The Big Three era in Boston has officially come to an end. Ray Allen is long gone, and after a recent trade with the Brooklyn Nets, Paul Pierce and Kevin Garnett are on their way out too. There has even been some recent trade talk involving All-Star point guard Rajon Rondo.
The Celtics are breaking it down and starting from scratch. Olynyk is the newest face of the team since it has decided to rebuild, but he is not the guy to build a franchise around.
Olynyk is a solid big man, but he will never be anything special in the NBA. He will be a reliable role player at best, which is not a good quality in a building block for a franchise in rebuilding mode.
Also, there were still some better value players on the board this early in the draft. Olynyk is a risky pick that will most likely not pan out for the rebuilding Celtics.
Indiana Pacers: Solomon Hill (No. 23 pick)
Hill was a good player at Arizona, but he was believed by many to not get drafted until the second round. Hill is not a great defender, which does not bode well with the Pacers' defensive mentality.
The Pacers are a strong defensive team, but they did not draft someone who possesses the talents that they utilize. Hill can hit the three ball, which will help the Pacers from behind the arc, but there were other players available that would better fit Indiana's style.
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