Re-Drafting the 2013 NBA Draft Lottery
This year’s draft class has been highly disappointing, particularly in the lottery.
To this date only one pick from this group holds a PER above the league average of 15 (Carter-Williams) and only 3 have averaged double figures in scoring (Oladipo, Burke, Carter-Williams).
There’s no question that most lottery teams would call a re-do on this draft. So in the spirit of good fun, let’s pretend teams knew how these prospects would pan out. What would the Cavs do with the No. 1 pick? Where would Michael Carter-Williams be taken? These questions and more will be answered in this new version of the 2013 NBA Draft.
1. Cavaliers – Giannis Antetokounmpo, SG/SF
Original Pick: Anthony Bennett
It’s tempting to choose Oladipo or Carter-Williams as the first pick, but the ‘Greek Freak’ fits in perfectly position wise, giving the Cavs exactly what they need on the wing. He’s shown loads of potential during his short tenure with the Bucks and could become the best talent of this draft class a few years down the line.
2. Magic – Michael Carter-Williams, PG
Original Pick: Victor Oladipo
Even though Oladipo has done an excellent job filling in as a floor general for the Magic, there’s no doubt management would instead go with Carter-Williams given his true point guard skills and 6’6 frame that presents a mismatch almost every night.
3. Wizards – Victor Oladipo, SG/PG
Original Pick: Otto Porter Jr.
With the Wizards’ second unit ranking second to last in scoring according to HoopsStats, they certainly could use a spark off the bench. Oladipo would immediately alleviate their scoring needs with the ability to play either guard position or even forward in small-ball lineups.
4. Bobcats – Nerlens Noel, C/PF
Original Pick: Cody Zeller
Coach Steve Clifford has brought a new form of identity to Bobcats basketball: Defense. Pairing a defensive stopper like Noel next to Al Jefferson in the post would form one of the most lethal frontcourts in the entire league, allowing ‘Big Al’ to thrive at his natural power forward position.
5. Suns – Tim Hardaway Jr., SG
Original Pick: Alex Len
With Miles Plumlee thriving at center and no rookies playing productively enough to fill their need at small forward, it would be smart for the Suns to solidify their backcourt and bring in a 3 point specialist like Hardaway Jr. He’s just too safe to pass up on and has been a gem for the Knicks all season long.
6. 76ers (via Pelicans) – Trey Burke, PG
Original Pick: Nerlens Noel
Even though the 76ers lose out on their prized floor general MCW, Burke is an excellent consolation prize to replace Jrue Holiday and would still help kick-start Philadelphia’s rebuilding plans in the right direction.
7. Kings – Ben McLemore, SG
Original Pick: Ben McLemore
McLemore is the only player that would remain on the same roster for the lottery round, with the Kings having few alternative options at their draft position. Even though he has struggled mightily this season, his long term potential down the road is just too much to pass up on.
8. Pistons – C.J. McCollum, SG
Original Pick: Kentavious Caldwell-Pope
One of the biggest hurdles for the Pistons all season long has been their atrocious three point shooting, ranking second to last in threes made and second to last in three point percentage. McCollum happens to be one of the most efficient perimeter-oriented players to come out of the draft knocking down 37.9 percent of his treys. These two were made for each other, plain and simple.
9. Jazz – Dennis Schroeder, PG
Original Pick: Trey Burke
It may be a bit of a stretch for the Jazz to select a player like Schroeder that’s been in and out of the D-League all season long, but it’s clear they’re in desperate need of a floor general. Schroeder had shown flashes of his star potential during the preseason and summer league so maybe the risk-reward ratio is enough for Utah to consider selecting him.
10. Blazers – Steven Adams, C
Original Pick: C.J. McCollum
It’s about time Portland gives up on the Meyers Leonard project and instead invests their draft pick in a big man that could be their center of the future. Adams could learn quite a bit from current starter Robin Lopez and take over by the second or third season providing the toughness and intensity the team desperately needs inside.
11. 76ers – Anthony Bennett, SF/PF
Original Pick: Michael Carter-Williams
If anyone gets screwed in this re-draft it’s the 76ers, losing Carter-Williams and Noel in return for Burke and Bennett. While Bennett has been nothing short of a bust this season in Cleveland, maybe a change of scenery and more playing time could justify why he originally was taken with the first pick.
12. Thunder – Alex Len, C
Original Pick: Steven Adams
Losing out on Adams is a big blow for the Thunder, but landing Len could prove to be worth the risk if he remains healthy. Len is very skilled and mobile for his size but constantly gets hampered by injuries playing in only 29 games this season. Remaining healthy will be key in determining how the Ukrainian rookie develops down the line. What better place to grow than with the Thunder, who are known for developing young talent.
13. Celtics (via Mavericks) – Kentavious Caldwell-Pope
Original Pick: Kelly Olynyk
One thing Pope has shown us from the get-go is his defensive versatility on the wing, having the ability to guard 1s, 2s and 3s with ease. Even though it creates more of a logjam in the backcourt, the Celtics may choose Pope to eventually take over for the injury-hampered Avery Bradley at shooting guard.
14. Timberwolves – Kelly Olynyk
Original Pick: Shabazz Muhammad
Like the Wizards, the T-Wolves desperately need scoring in their second unit and Olynyk would give them a huge upgrade. With the ability to play either frontcourt position, Olynyk could fill in for either Pekovic or Love at any time and use his ability to drain shots from behind the perimeter.
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