Some quick thoughts on the 2013 NBA Draft:
Cleveland- After picking Tristan Thompson and Dion Waiters with the last two picks, should it really surprise anyone that they made a completely unexpected pick this year? I felt like there was a 50/50 chance they would pick Noel or someone unexpected. I suppose they are partially to thank that some excellent draft picks have fallen to the Pistons lately.
Orlando- Victor Oladipo was probably my favorite in this draft, but I knew the Pistons would not be lucky enough to have him drop down to 8.
Washington- Otto Porter Jr. was about as good as anybody in this draft. Probably won’t be an All-Star, but should have a good career.
Phoenix- They liked Len better than Noel, fine. But what about McLemore?
New Orleans- Great maneuvering to make the most of this pick that fell to them, but that 2014 draft pick could come back to haunt them (although it is protected, I haven’t seen how high). You had to feel for Noel slipping so far and then being asked questions about his situation when he didn’t know what was going on. At least Philly fans are understanding.
Sacramento- Here’s what went through my head- “On a team full of players that need the ball to be effective, could the Kings possibly pass on McLemore and let a top prospect fall to the Pistons again? With his possible character issues, do I even want that?” They probably made the right pick here.
Detroit- Whatever-his-first-name-is Caldwell-Pope? This wasn’t even a player I looked into before the draft. Everything I’ve heard makes him sound like a great fit to help fill a role in the style of Rip Hamilton, but I’m still not positive how I feel about them passing on Burke. But at least they didn’t draft Shabaaz, which was my greatest fear. Overall I’m happy.
Utah- Trey Burke to the Jazz! Way to pounce on the opportunity. Both the Pistons and the Jazz had very similar needs, so I am happy that at least one of my teams got Burke. I’m not convinced he’ll be great, but I liked him in his interviews. Here’s hoping he can be the starting PG of the future for the Jazz.
Portland- I was pretty impress with everything I read about saw on McCollum. I’m not sure how he fits with Lillard, but he should be a solid player.
Philadelphia- How were they able to keep this pick in their trade for Noel? They managed to get both a top ranked center and point guard from this draft. They are officially going into full rebuilding mode.
Oklahoma City- A chemistry guy with some upside. It still doesn’t validate the Harden trade, but if they amnesty Perkins now, it will help make up for it that much more.
Minnesota- The guy they wanted got snatched up right under their noses, so they traded down to a point where they could still draft their next pick and grabbed an extra pick. Nice move.
I didn’t have strong feelings about the rest of the draft. It’ll be interesting to see how these players pan out.