The 2013 NBA Draft in Brooklyn certainly was the craziest of all drafts. If I were the GM of any of these teams, here is who I would have picked.
Number 1, Cleveland Cavs: Anthony Bennett, UNLV, SF/PF
Bennett was a surprise pick in the draft, and Cavs fans have no idea what to say. Here is what GM Chris Grant said “As we did our evaluations throughout the entire year, we just kept coming back to his ability and his talent and how it fit with our guys, a lot of times, like last year, it’s just clear cut. But for us, through the year, we always had him very high in our rankings and as we went back and reviewed the film and went on campus and visited everybody, we came away saying he’s a great kid. He’s willing to work and do the right things and he’s got a bunch of talent.”
My call: I too would have picked Bennett because Noel rarely played due to an ACL injury.
Number 2, Orlando Magic: Victor Oladipo, Indiana, SG/PG
Oladipo is an explosive 2-guard who can get it done in the clutch. Orlando needed a reliable 2-guard after Hedo Turkoglu and Arron Afflalo. His weakness is his assist-to-turnover ratio.
My call: I too would have picked Oladipo because of his ability to shoot the ball well.
Number 3, Washington Wizards: Otto Porter, Georgetown, SF/PF
Porter had all defenses on their heels during big-time games. He is a 6’9” Small Forward who scores like a 6’6” Shooting Guard, and spreads the floor like a 6’1” Point Guard.
My call: I too would have picked Porter so that I would have a good replacement in the starting lineup for Trevor Ariza and Jan Vesely, and he scores BIG in the clutch.
Number 4, Charlotte Bobcats/Hornets: Cody Zeller, Indiana, C/PF
Zeller is a player who has a great post game, as well as a knack of making free throws (75.7% free throw shooter).
My call: I would have picked Ben McLemore because they NEED a clutch shooter to be able to win games.
Number 5, Phoenix Suns: Alex Len, Maryland, C
Len is a physical player who needs to show he can play since he missed the Draft Combine with an ankle injury.
My call: I would have picked Trey Burke because of his great shooting and physicality that the team needs that the Suns need, and Len will NOT bring that physicality.
Anthony Bennett after being chosen by the Cavs.