Top 10 Winners, Losers of the 2013 NBA Draft
Top 10 Winners/Losers of the 2013 NBA Draft
The 2013 NBA Draft has reached its conclusion and it wasn't anything short of excitement and surprises, but as is in any case there were winners and losers from Thursday night.
Anthony Bennett became the No. 1 overall selection in a decision that certainly came as a surprise to some, but were the Cleveland Cavaliers a winner on draft night? Who else made some solid selections? Who made the head-scratching moves? And what organizations just simply did nothing to help their cause?
As it is in any other draft, not just the teams or organizations are the ones who make strange decisions. What about those underclassmen who opted to leave school early?
Without further ado, let's dive into the top ten winners and losers from the 2013 NBA Draft:
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Winner - Philadelphia 76ers
The 76ers are virtually entering a rebuilding process, especially considering they moved Jrue Holiday on Thursday night. However, the additions of both Nerlens Noel and Michael Carter-Williams are huge pick-ups for Philadelphia's future.
Loser - Charlotte Bobcats, Michael Jordan
Michael Jordan was at it again on Thursday night, drafting Cody Zeller over both Alex Len and Nerlens Noel. That's not a knock on Zeller, but it's a move that Charlotte may very well regret.
Winner - Cleveland Cavaliers
The Cleveland Cavaliers made Anthony Bennett the No. 1 overall pick on Thursday night, a surprising move to some, but a solid one without any doubt. In addition, the Cavaliers picked up a potential stud at No. 19 in Russian small forward, Sergey Karasev.
Loser - Myck Kabongo & Other Undrafted Underclassmen
Myck Kabongo, C.J. Leslie, Adonis Thomas, Phil Pressey and Vander Blue highlight a group of collegiate underclassmen who all went undrafted, despite having the option of returning to school.
Winner - Portland Trail Blazers
The Portland Trail Blazers drafted C.J. McCollum with the tenth overall pick and now he will play alongside Damian Lillard in the back court. Could this tandem eventually be Stephen Curry - Klay Thompson like?
Loser - Indiana Pacers
For a second consecutive year, the Indiana Pacers have made a baffling first round selection. A year after taking Miles Plumlee, the Pacers overshot again by drafting Solomon Hill. Both were second round talents.
Winner - Nerlens Noel
People will claim Nerlens Noel fell on Thursday night, and frankly, they'd be exactly right. However, Noel is heading to Philadelphia, an ideal situation for the 6-foot-11 defensive nightmare. This is a win-win situation for both sides.
Loser - Milwaukee Bucks
The Bucks are a mess to say the least. Monta Ellis opted out of his contract and now the team has made it clear that Brandon Jennings is available. They drafted Giannis Antetokounmpo with the 15th overall pick and although he could someday be a nice addition, he's raw and only 18 years of age. Milwaukee has done nothing to help their current situation this off-season.
Winner - Utah Jazz
The Jazz made some quality moves in the first round of the draft on Thursday night. First, they swapped the 14th and 21st pick to move up to No. 9 and steal Trey Burke to fill a need it Utah. Then, they acquired the 27th pick and drafted 7-foot-1 French prospect Rudy Gobert. Both additions will be very important pieces to Utah's future.
Loser - Los Angeles Lakers
The Los Angeles Lakers sat back on draft night and took Ryan Kelly with the 48th overall pick. While its not bad, it's not good. With all the Dwight Howard rumors going around, the Lakers need to be a little more assertive in bolstering their roster.