Biggest takeaways from the 2013 NBA draft

The morning after: biggest takeaways from a chaotic NBA draft

6/28/13 in NBA   |   droth   |   127 respect

Woah.  That was exhausting.  Yesterday's NBA draft was packed with surprising picks and more trades than should be legal.  (Note: here is the NBA's trade tracker to help you wrap your mind around who went where)

Now that the dust has settled, let's take a look at some of the moves that stood out last night. These are just the items that stuck out to me; there were so many interesting decisions made and long-term plans put into action that your list may look a lot different:

--The first pick really got the ball rolling. Cleveland's decision to a) keep the pick and b) take Anthony Bennett was the first sign of draft day shenanigans.  We should have seen what was on the horizon.

Jun 27, 2013; Brooklyn, NY, USA; Anthony Bennett (UNLV) gets a hug from family members after being selected as the number one overall pick to the Cleveland Cavaliers during the 2013 NBA Draft at the Barclays Center. Mandatory Credit: Jerry Lai-USA TODAY SportsI think Cleveland did exactly what they should have done.  They tried to get an impact player in a trade and when that failed, they took a player that seems like he could have an immediate impact, even if he doesn't have the upside of Nerlens Noel or Alex Len.

Bennett can score RIGHT NOW.  He may end up being a relatively weak top pick when history reflects on this draft, but he has the look and feel of a suitable rotation player with some NBA skills--and that's what Cleveland needed.  And Karasev, who they took at no. 19 also has an NBA skill.  He can shoot the lights out and should be able to do so right away.  Well played, Cleveland.  it wasn't necessarily a sexy draft for them but I think it was solid.  "Ain't nothin' better than solid" - Marshawn Lynch.

--Unlike a lot of Hornets Pelicans fans out there, I don't think they blew it in this draft.  They did give up a pick in next year's "loaded" draft, but they could be in the playoff hunt after last night's haul.  What more do you want?  Jrue Holiday is a perfectly capable NBA point guard and the Pels (is that a thing yet?) have a pretty nice looking starting 5.

April 15, 2013; Auburn Hills, MI, USA; Philadelphia 76ers point guard Jrue Holiday (11) drives past Detroit Pistons point guard Will Bynum (12) during the first quarter at The Palace. Mandatory Credit: Tim Fuller-USA TODAY SportsTrades are not zero sum.  Both teams did well in this trade.  Philly took a risk on another center with knee issues but new GM Sam Hinkie is playing the long game here.  

The 76ers aren't going to rush Noel back and will likely suck pretty hard next year.  So they'll have a high pick already and could very well up up with two lottery picks (the pick New Orleans sent is top-5 protected) if the Pelicans miss the playoffs next year.

Last night saw several teams initiate a rebuild and already Philly is further ahead in their rebuilding process after last night than Phoenix, Boston, Atlanta, and the other teams that look like they're starting over.

Taking Arsalan Kazemi was also a sneaky move.  The guy is always in the right spot and is a gifted rebounder. When you watch your basketball team (I root for Washington...Woof Woof!) play a rival there's always a guy that just bugs you.  He may not be the most talented but he just gets how to play and his effort bother opponents.  Kazemi was that guy for Oregon this year.
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