The 2013 NBA Draft got off to a bizarre start with Anthony Bennett going No. 1 overall to the Cleveland Cavaliers. And after all the trade talk surrounding the top five picks, not a single one was moved. But as soon as those top five picks were over, the fireworks began.
Somehow Nerlens Noel slid to No. 6 where the New Orleans Pelicans snatched him up and preceded to ship him to the Philadelphia 76ers in exchange for Jrue Holiday. Three picks later, the Minnesota Timberwolves drafted Trey Burke and then traded him to the Utah Jazz. After that trade was said and done, Minnesota wound up getting Shabazz Muhammad and Gorgui Dieng, so depending on your point of view, everybody won that deal.
The Dallas Mavericks traded down about 19 times in the first round, so we’re still not sure who they ended up with and what the heck were the Indiana Pacers thinking by drafting Solomon Hill at No. 23? Epic fails by Big D and Indy, even if the Mavs foolishly think they’re going to get Dwight Howard.
Our overall winner in this year’s draft? The 76ers, who landed a slew of draft picks and a big man to replace their bowling blunder, Andrew Bynum. The biggest loser is the Pacers. We’ve already said it, but that first-round pick was absolutely dreadful.
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