The 2013 NBA draft was held last night in New York, and there was no shortage of surprises in what is considered one of the weaker draft classes in recent years. The night began with the Cleveland Cavaliers shocking everyone by picking UNLV freshman forward Anthony Bennett. Bennett is considered a very good player, and even a good fit in Cleveland, but no one saw him coming with the first pick. The Magic followed with Indiana guard Victor Oladipo, followed by Otto Porter Jr. to Washington, Cody Zeller to Charlotte, and Alex Len to Phoenix to round out the top 5. The player that many people thought would be the #1 pick, Nerlens Noel out of Kentucky, fell all the way to sixth after being drafted by the Pelicans and then traded to Philadelphia for Jrue Holiday. Knee problems, his skinny body, and the people he surrounds himself with were all potential factors in this surprising draft slide.
#1 overall draft pick Anthony Bennett
Sacramento made what many experts believe is the best pick in the draft at #7, taking explosive guard Ben McLemore out of Kansas. Many people believe McLemore has the highest potential of any player in the draft. National Player of the Year Trey Burke went to Utah at #9 after being traded by Minnesota, and C.J. McCollum rounded out the top 10 by joining rookie of the year and fellow mid-major alum Damian Lillard in Portland. The Celtics traded up to get Gonzaga star Kelly Olynyk with the 13th pick. The point guard for defending national champion Louisville, Peyton Siva, went 56th overall to the Detroit Pistons.
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