It was supposed to be the worst draft in a decade; it still may be. While the talent pool of players may be lacking, the entertainment and craziness of the draft was arguably the highest its ever been. There were an NBA-record 12 international players selected in the first round alone.
Even the moves that made sense, like Oladipo (with Arron Afflalo and a point guard need), were not clear-cut moves. But, there needs to be some applause to the Sixers’ management for their movement in the draft. First, getting two freak athletic projects in Nerlens Noel and Michael Carter-Williams. Second, trading the frustrating Jrue Holiday. And third, getting the New Orleans Pelican’s 2014 first round pick (top-five protected) in arguably one of the better drafts to come. So, there’s that.
Now, the crazy.
Are the Kings the new Oakland Raiders? They continue to stockpile as many combo guards as Raiders’ speedy wide receivers. First, the trade to get scorer, Marcus Thornton from New Orleans. Then, the drafting of “point guard” Jimmer Fredette. They would add John Salmons in the mix on a team that already had former Rookie of the Year, Tyreke Evans — another combo guard. Now, they draft Ben McLemore.
The Cleveland Cavalers took Anthony Bennett as the first pick overall. There were murmurs about trading the pick or even trading down for the Cavs, but they kept the pick and got a guy they could have got if they were the ninth overall or even the sixteenth. Bennett is also a player they have — his name is Tristan Thompson. Granted, Bennett is a freer shooter with better range, but both are athletic, undersized, and have a penchant for rebounds. Simply an awful pick.
Charlotte Bobcats continue the trend of worst managed sports’ organization. Cody Zeller as the fourth overall pick is an embarrassment to everyone who watched the NBA Draft. He offers little upside, has a polished and safe offensive game, and is nowhere near a franchise building block.
The biggest deal was done without any real draft players involved — it was the Brooklyn Nets and Boston Celtics mega-deal. But, without that, the draft was definitely entertaining enough. There were trades, it seemed, every 15 minutes, insane picks, and crazy wardrobes abound.
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