NBA Draft 2013: Teams Built for Long-Term Success Following Draft

Kyle NewportFeatured ColumnistJune 30, 2013

The Philadelphia 76ers have a bright future.
The Philadelphia 76ers have a bright future.Mike Stobe/Getty Images

The 2013 NBA draft was as unpredictable as ever, and the Philadelphia 76ers were one of many teams that were able to build a strong foundation for the future.

With superstars joining forces everywhere these days, it's important for small-market teams to build through the draft. 

San Antonio is the perfect example for a team building through the draft. Tim Duncan, Tony Parker and Manu Ginobili were all drafted by the Spurs. They have done a great job of getting great players to build around, and a few other teams could have similar long-term success.

This year's draft was as unpredictable as ever. Many trades were made, and highly touted prospects fell down the board. 

The teams on this list may not be title contenders next season, but look out for them in a couple of years. 


Philadelphia 76ers

The 76ers gave up point guard Jrue Holiday in a trade with the New Orleans Pelicans on Thursday. They gave up a solid player in order to build for the future.

New Orleans sent center Nerlens Noel, the No. 6 pick, to Philadelphia. That gave Philadelphia a big man to build around.

Philadelphia was likely going to move on from Andrew Bynum. The injury-prone center never played a minute for the 76ers and is looking for a big contract. He is an effective center, but he can't stay on the court. 

Noel gives the team a cheaper center and one that doesn't have a long injury history. Noel is rehabbing from a torn ACL, but he doesn't come into the league as a medical concern. He will need to show that he is fully healthy, but there aren't any other injuries to be concerned about.

With the No. 11 pick, the 76ers drafted point guard Michael Carter-Williams. The 6'6" point guard has good size and can get his teammates involved. Having a young center will help Carter-Williams grow as a player.

Noel and Carter-Williams were two of the better players at their position entering the draft. Philadelphia found a way to get both players. 

Drafting a good point guard and a talented center sets the team up for success in the future.  


Cleveland Cavaliers

Drafting Anthony Bennett No. 1 overall was shocking, but the Cavaliers did a great job of adding pieces all night.

The power forward will give Tristan Thompson help down low. The team could have selected Noel or Maryland's Alex Len to help Anderson Varejao. The injury-prone center has had trouble staying on the court, so most people expected Cleveland to try to find someone to fill in for him.

Bennett will join Thompson, Dion Waiters and Kyrie Irving as top-four picks on this roster. Cleveland has a young core that isn't ready to compete this year, but the future looks good.

The Cavaliers needed to find help on the outside as well. Sergey Karasev fell to the team at No. 19, and it jumped at the chance to add a scorer. 

In the second round, the Cavs took Carrick Felix out of Arizona State. He's a good athlete and can play defense. Cleveland needed help on defense, so Felix will help out.

There weren't any outstanding picks like the 76ers had, but the Cavaliers drafted solid players to make an impact in the future.


Sacramento Kings

If any team can build around one great pick in this year's draft, it's the Sacramento Kings.

Getting Ben McLemore at No. 7 was an absolute steal. The best offensive player in the draft somehow managed to fall to the Kings, and they couldn't pass on him.

Sacramento needs to get DeMarcus Cousins going. A solid big man would help McLemore get space to shoot on the perimeter. 

The Kings needed someone who can score. That's exactly what they got. Cousins was the only player under contract to score more than 14 points per game last season

McLemore will have to be more consistent. He had 11 games with at least 20 points as a freshman, but he also had six games in which he was held under 10 points (game log courtesy of

The guard has the potential to lead the Kings to playoffs in the future. He was the best scorer in the draft and could be a dangerous player if Cousins can contribute to the team. 

Sacramento hasn't had a star for a while, but McLemore was a great pick.

*For full results from Thursday night's draft, check out the NBA's official website.