The 2013 NBA Draft is in the books and it’s time to dissect it all. Here’s our look at the best and worst picks from a crazy Thursday night at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn.
The NBA Draft is upon us. For me, that means being glued to twitter and basketball rumors websites to track all the potential storylines on draft night and seeking out as many mock drafts as possible. Yes, I’m a bit of a nerd.
For months the assumption has been that Kentucky center Nerlens Noel would be the No. 1 pick in the 2013 NBA Draft. When the Cleveland Cavaliers won the lottery, that assumption was further solidified, given the team’s need of another post presence. But as we creep towards Thursday night’s draft, it has become apparent that the Cavs are exploring other options with the top pick, and now there may be a new favorite.
On Sunday the NBA issued 10 preliminary invitations to its green room for Thursday’s 2013 NBA Draft. The league typically has between 13 and 15 players on hand during the draft, so there could be more invitations forthcoming.
The NBA lottery happened Tuesday night, and several teams were happy to see their ping-pong balls come up. The Cleveland Cavaliers scored the No. 1 pick, but rumors suggest it could be traded. That’s not something that is usually even discussed, since the top overall pick is almost always a game-changing player. But that may change this year.
What I really want to talk about is the Oklahoma City Thunder. They have to love where they landed in this draft, with Toronto’s first-round top-three protected pick they got in the James Harden trade. The Thunder have the 12the pick and every Oklahoma City fan knows what they need to do with that pick: get a big man to replace Kendrick Perkins.