2013 NBA Draft: Why Your Favorite Team’s First-Round Pick Was A Disappointment
2013 NBA Draft: Why Your Favorite Team’s First Round Pick Was A Disappointment
The 2013 NBA Draft was billed as one of the worst in a long time, and it didn’t disappoint. I’m not sure there was a single pick that didn’t surprise anyone. It was almost as if every team in the draft was trying to sabotage their team in an effort to increase their chances of getting Andrew Wiggins next season – a good strategy.
From the Cleveland Cavaliers’ stunning pick of UNLV’s Anthony Bennett at no. 1 followed by the shocked gasp of Bill Simmons to the Philadelphia 76ers' strange decision to trade young NBA All-Star Jrue Holliday to the New Orleans Pelicans for Nerlens Noel, the draft was crazy from start to finish.
Not only was it crazy, but the picks were terrible throughout. I’m not sure I’ve ever seen such a violent explosion of hate throughout the Twitter universe as David Stern announced each name. Stern also was heckled by a chorus of boos every time he got anywhere near the podium, but even those weren’t enough to drown everyone’s shock at some of the picks.
Think of this as a hater's guide to every pick of the first round of the NBA draft. If you’re a fan of an NBA team’s pick, you might be offended and should suck it up and laugh. If you hate any NBA team, then you will get to have some extra ammunition to throw at their new additions once the 2013-14 season starts.
Here is a list of every pick in the first round of the 2013 NBA Draft and why they are disappointments.
No. 30 Phoenix Suns – Nemanja Nedovic
The only plausible explanation for the Phoenix Suns to choose Nemanja Nedovic at that point in the draft was that they were clinging to the hope that maybe they will get Dwight Howard. Nedovic was chosen so he can be stashed away in Europe to make cap room.
No. 29 Oklahoma City Thunder - Archie Goodwin
Archie Goodwin goes to the Golden State Warriors for Andre Roberson. Should have kept Goodwin; he has much more of an upside on him than Roberson.
No. 28 San Antonio Spurs - Livio Jean-Charles
San Antonio Spurs Management: WHAT?! He speaks French? Tony Parker is French!
No. 27 Denver Nuggets – Rudy Gobert
Rudy Gobert goes to the Utah Jazz. I don’t know if it was desperation or what, but Utah seems to be acquiring a plethora of future bench warmers this draft.
No. 26 Minnesota Timberwolves – Andre Roberson
The Minnesota Timberwolves should have just picked Archie Goodwin. Instead, they didn’t pick anyone for cash and a 2014 second-round pick. What a waste of a pick.
No. 25 Los Angeles Clippers – Reggie Bullock
The Los Angeles Clippers picked a top player from a mediocre UNC squad. They could’ve done better with the amount of talented SGs in this draft.
No. 24 New York Knicks - Tim Hardaway Jr.
I don’t know what was worse. New York Knicks fans cheering as if they had just signed LeBron James, or Tim Hardaway Jr. not blinking at all in his graphic while ESPN discussed his selection.
No. 23 Indiana Pacers – Solomon Hill
Where did this pick come from? I’m not even sure he was going to be picked until the second round. It was like the Indiana Pacers panicked.
No. 22 Brooklyn Nets - Mason Plumlee
If Mason Plumlee is as useless in the NBA as his other brothers are, the Brooklyn Nets might as well label a spot on the bench specifically for him.
No. 21 Utah Jazz – Gorgui Dieng
Gorgui Dieng is going to the Timberwolves. He has the same sounding last name as someone successful -- Luol Deng -- that must mean he will be successful too, right?
No. 20 Chicago Bulls - Tony Snell
Chicago Bulls fans were irate after this selection. Click here to see one Chicago fan's account of why it was bad.
No. 19 Cleveland Cavaliers - Sergey Karasev
The Cleveland Cavaliers' decision to draft Anthony Bennett was so bad that it makes this pick bad too. Cleveland won’t be rushin' to get Sergey Karasev on the floor anytime soon. Get it?
No. 18 Atlanta Hawks - Shane Larkin
The Dallas Mavericks are getting Shane Larkin from the Atlanta Hawks. The Mavericks seem way too dependent on Dwight Howard. But with most of their players being free agents, Atlanta should have gotten more.
No. 17 Atlanta Hawks – Dennis Schroeder
If someone says Rajon Rondo and Dennis Schroeder one more time in the same sentence, I’m going to die. Schroeder’s good and athletic, but he’s not Rondo. That’s like all those comparisons to Dwight Howard that Hasheem Thabeet had coming into the NBA. You’ve seen how that worked for him.
No. 16 Boston Celtics – Lucas Nogueira
He’s going to the Hawks, but I’m not hating on the Brazilian. How can you when he’s rocking an afro like that? Everyone say, “Tudo bem” to hideous fake afros in Atlanta.
No. 15 Milwaukee Bucks – Giannis Antetokounmpo
Giannis Antetokounmpo is a project. The Milwaukee Bucks are close to making the playoffs. They needed a contributor, not a project. At least they pronounced his name right at the draft.
No. 14 Utah Jazz – Shabazz Muhammad
Shabazz Muhammad is going to the Minnesota Timberwolves as part of the Trey Burke trade. Unfortunately for the Timberwolves, they only think they’re getting a 20-year-old Forward from UCLA. He’s actually 34.
No. 13 Dallas Mavericks – Kelly Olynyk
The Mavericks are so desperate to bring Dwight Howard to Dallas that if they could have given this pick away for free, they would have. Kelly Olynyk is headed to Boston.
No. 12 Oklahoma City Thunder - Steven Adams
The Thunder needed to get rid of Kendrick Perkins, so a center was necessary. But why redraft Nick Collison? Take a chance on someone; you’re already headed to the Western Conference Finals next year.
No. 11 Philadelphia 76ers - Michael Carter-Williams
Let’s replace NBA All-Star Jrue Holliday with an unproven point guard from Syracuse. Good Idea. Do I even have to explain how this is bad?
No. 10 Portland Trail Blazers - C.J. McCollum
The Portland Trail Blazers needed a player who can score. So they went with one who was on a team that lost in the opening round of the CBI. For those of you who don’t know what that is, and I’m sure most of you don’t, it’s the level below the NIT.
No. 9 Minnesota Timberwolves - Trey Burke
So, at first, this was the worst pick of the draft because Minnesota has about ten million point guards. Then, Minnesota traded Burke for one of the players that beat him in the NCAA National Championship. Ouch.
No. 8 Detroit Pistons – Kentavious Caldwell-Pope
The Detroit Pistons could have definitely gotten Kentavious Caldwell-Pope later in the draft. It’s hard for me to say anything bad about KCP, except that he may need a year or two to adjust to playing on a team that might be able to win. He wasn’t used to that at Georgia.
No. 7 Sacramento Kings – Ben McLemore
Sacramento Kings Management: Is there anyone left who doesn’t completely suck? Okay, might as well pick him.
No. 6 New Orleans Pelicans – Nerlens Noel
This is how I imagine the meeting of Pelicans management went to choose Noel.
“Hey guys, what position do we definitely not need?” “Center? Noel it is.”
Good thing they traded him.
No. 5 Phoenix Suns - Alex Len
With the best center -- and player -- in the country still available, the Phoenix Suns made the obvious decision -- they went with someone else. At least he played well in his NCAA tournament appearances for Maryland. Oh wait, there weren’t any.
No. 4 Charlotte Bobcats - Cody Zeller
There aren’t even words to describe how terrible of a decision this was. The only thing that Charlotte Bobcats fans can hope for is that this pick was a brilliant ploy by Michael Jordan to get a bigger chance at Andrew Wiggins next year.
No. 3 Washington Wizards - Otto Porter Jr.
We get it; the Washington Wizards drafted the hometown hero from Georgetown who is supposed to turn a struggling franchise around. Nice game against Tennessee by the way.
No. 2 Orlando Magic - Victor Oladipo
With a pretty solid offensive game, the Orlando Magic needed some help on defense and down low. So, naturally they picked a shooter.
I’m about 98 percent sure that Orlando just picked Victor Oladipo for the revenue that “Orlandipo” T-Shirts will bring.
No. 1 Cleveland Cavaliers - Anthony Bennett
I’m pretty sure everyone except Cavaliers management thinks that this was a bad choice. There was no way that Anthony Bennett would have been chosen inside the top five. The Cavaliers could have traded the pick and really had a chance to improve their team. Oh well, now they might have a chance at Andrew Wiggins next year.