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June 27, 2013

Breaking down the first round selections

1. Cleveland: Anthony Bennett, PF, UNLV

A surprise pick at No. 1 overall, Bennett is a big forward who reminds many of Larry Johnson

2. Orlando: Victor Oladipo, SG, Indiana

National Defensive Co-Player of the Year, Oladipo made a huge stride between his sophomore and junior seasons with IU.

3. Washington: Otto Porter, SF, Georgetown

There was little chance of this Hoya dropping past his hometown team after basically carrying them this past season.

4. Charlotte: Cody Zeller, PF, Indiana

Zeller was one vote shy of being a unanimous preseason All-American, but by the end of the year he was the second-brightest star on his team.

5. Phoenix: Alex Len, C, Maryland

Despite his stress fracture, Len is still the best pure center in this draft class.

6. New Orleans: Nerlens Noel, PF/C, Kentucky (Traded to Philadelphia)

The biggest draft-night slide, Noel is the best around-the-rim defender but his torn ACL must have scared teams away.

7. Sacramento: Ben McLemore, SG, Kansas

Disappeared in the NCAA tournament but McLemore was the best shooting guard in college throughout the year.

8. Detroit: Kentavious Caldwell-Pope, SG, Georgia

The obvious SEC Player of the Year selection after Noel missed most of the conference slate.

9. Minnesota: Trey Burke, PG, Michigan (Traded to Utah)

The most exciting player of the NCAA tournament, Burke may be the best floor captain in this year's draft class.

10. Portland: C.J. McCollum, PG, Lehigh

McCollum is still remembered in these parts as a Blue Devil slayer, but he was also one of the nation's best scorers before his season-ending injury.

11. Philadelphia: Michael Carter-Williams, PG, Syracuse

A deft passer who led the Orange to the Final Four.

12. Oklahoma City: Steven Adams, C, Pittsburgh

The New Zealand native grabbed just 6.3 rebounds per game despite his 7-foot frame.

13. Boston (from Dallas): Kelly Olynyk, PF/C, Gonzaga

Averaged 17.8 points per game and shot 62.9 percent from the field last year.

14. Utah (Traded to Minnesota): Shabazz Muhammad, SF, UCLA

A year ago he was considered to be a lock for a top-three pick this week.

15. Milwaukee: Giannis Adektokunbo, SF, Greece

The first foriegn player without NCAA experience, Adektokunbo takes his 7-foot-3 wingspan to the Bucks.

16. Boston (traded to Atlanta): Lucas Nogueira, C, Brazil

Desperately needs to add weight to his 6-foot-11, 215-pound body before hitting the NBA paint.

17. Atlanta: Dennis Schroeder, G, Germany

The 19-year-old played well for the German national team in 2012.

18. Atlanta (traded to Dallas): Shane Larkin, PG, Miami

The Miami guard burst onto the scene this ACC season.

19. Cleveland: Sergey Karasev, G/F, Russia

Averaged 16 points in 32 minutes in Russia at age 19.

20. Chicago: Tony Snell, SG, New Mexico

Reminds many of Luol Deng, and could replace him in Chicago.

21. Utah (traded to Minnesota): Gorgui Dieng, C, Louisville

A dominant paint presence for the national champs but did little on offense.

22. Brooklyn: Mason Plumlee, PF/C, Duke

The first Triangle player off the board, Plumlee should learn plenty with loaded Nets frontcourt.

23. Indiana: Solomon Hill, SF, Arizona

Got better each year as a Wildcat.

24. New York: Tim Hardaway Jr., SG, Michigan

Posted 14.6 ppg and 4.6 rpg for the national runner-up Wolverines.

25. Los Angeles Clippers: Reggie Bullock, SG, North Carolina

A fringe first-rounder when he departed early, Bullock made the most of his pre-draft workouts

26. Minnesota: Andre Roberson, PF, Colorado

Averaged a double-double in back-to-back seasons for the Buffs.

27. Denver (traded to Utah): Rudy Gobert, C, France

His 7-foot-8-inch wingspan may bring a block party to Utah.

28. San Antonio: Livio Jean-Charles, PF, France

Frenchman's performance at the 2013 Nike Hoop Summit made his draft stock soar.

29. Phoenix (via Oklahoma City via Golden State): Archie Goodwin, SG, Kentucky

A natural scorer on a promising, then dysfunctional, Wildcats team for a season.

30. Golden State (via Phoenix): Nemanja Nedovic, PG, Serbia

The Warriors can take on this project with such a good, deep backcourt.

--Jonathan Jones

Posted by Observer Sports on June 27, 2013 at 07:49 PM | Permalink


Unbelievable! McLemore is sitting there and you pass. I guess Mullens isn't coming back.
The Bobcats had to end their existence with another screw up in the draft.

Posted by: Bob goes Horny | Jun 27, 2013 8:02:42 PM

WOW!! Noel and Len dropped.

Posted by: jon | Jun 27, 2013 8:03:35 PM

The Bobcats are total losers. Zeller over Noel, can't believe it. Noel was right there for the taking.

Posted by: Terry Belew | Jun 27, 2013 8:04:05 PM

Dumb. I guess they're trying to ensure the #1 pick next year...

Posted by: whatever | Jun 27, 2013 8:08:26 PM

This team continues to amaze me with their draft day genius. When they call me tomorrow and ask me, for the nth time to buy season tickets, I'll kindly say NO THANKS!

Posted by: Billy | Jun 27, 2013 8:14:34 PM

I guess Len and Noel were really damaged goods, while McLemore was damaged in other ways MJ was willing to risk.

None of these top picks are going to be perennial All-Stars, but I sure hopes this works out in the long run. Welcome to Charlotte, Cody Zeller!

Posted by: Where's Hugo? | Jun 27, 2013 8:23:18 PM

I meant with McLemore that MJ was NOT willing to risk the intangibles on him. I just think that dude is going to be a heluva player!

Posted by: Where's Hugo? | Jun 27, 2013 8:25:05 PM

I guess the Bcats and MJ needed some kind of a UNC connection,so they took the brother of an ex tarhole. That's the only thing I can thionk of.This skinny malink will get beat up in the nba. A 7 footer and only weighs 240? Maybe they needed a white guy....who knows,but this was another epic fail for Michael Jordan!

Posted by: annonymous | Jun 27, 2013 8:26:00 PM

Obviously there was concern about Noel's knee or he would have never lasted that long.

Posted by: Bobnet | Jun 27, 2013 8:31:15 PM

Zeller is the perfect fit. Bismack can only play Center but is undersized. Zeller is now an oversized Power Forward that can shoot the ball and rebound. No brainer! Good choice- all the hipster fans just wanted to see a flat top in Charlotte Hornets jersey. Mclemore is useless when you already have a proven starter in Gerald Henderson. Zeller was number 1 this time last year. Avgs 17 pts and 8 rebounds playing the hardest competition. 20 years old and 7 foot. Trust Rich Cho!

Posted by: Timbo | Jun 27, 2013 8:43:05 PM

Adam Morrison part 2

Posted by: imranak | Jun 27, 2013 8:46:29 PM

Perfect pick to complement Bismack. Now we just need wiggins or Parker in 2014.

Posted by: Steve | Jun 27, 2013 8:50:42 PM

Timbo, Gerald Henderson is NOT a proven starting Shooting Guard. He is the starting shooting guard on the worst team in the NBA. He would be a backup on any other team.

Quit trying to blow sunshine up our asses. If Oladipo or McLemore were drafted, Hendo would be coming off the bench.

Posted by: Where's Hugo? | Jun 27, 2013 8:58:36 PM

So obviously they are going to now trade for Psycho T and the other Zeller (Gummo? Shemp? Curly Joe?)thus pulling a WWE-type gimmick to try and sell tickets -- the Three Z's or zzz.

Posted by: Lee Hicks | Jun 27, 2013 9:06:37 PM

Henderson needs to be traded.
The guy is too often injured and he cannot hit outside shots.
Hopefully they can fool someone into a trade for something of value.
For me the jury is out on Zeller. Did not see him play much.
Hoping Cho made the right call here.

Posted by: BD | Jun 27, 2013 9:17:39 PM

so happy they didn't take len. great fit with biyombo. I would have preferred noel, but zeller was my second choice no doubt.

walker/henderson/mkg/zeller/biyombo is a group and you're talking about 1 or 2 of those guys moving to the bench after next year's draft. that's a great core group to build with.

zeller + biyombo + 4 years = randolph/gasol.

Posted by: charlottean | Jun 27, 2013 9:18:43 PM

Randolph/Gasol....really? Put the pipe down

Posted by: Movegas | Jun 27, 2013 9:22:54 PM

I can see it. Noel and Len are both hurt, and neither has the offensive skills of Zeller. Not even close really. Zeller has a sophisticated post game, and he can run, pass, and shoot.

I was hoping for Noel, because he seems to have more upside, but he's coming off major knee surgery and he is an offensive liability. Plainly, Charlotte needs to score, and they already have a big guy with shot blocking skills and a bad offensive game.

Posted by: Neil Rankin | Jun 27, 2013 9:45:24 PM

I like the pick. You now keep Biz at center and you have a 7 footer who can score, rebound, make free throws, compete, and run the floor. He is not a great defender, but he compliments Biz who can defend. He is no Mullens because Zeller doesn't back down when challenged. Yeah, the Syracuse game made me wonder about him but I hope that was a aberration and I will give a lot of credit to coach Boeheim for a great strategy to stop him. I like the new starting five with Hendo on board because they now have offensive and defensive balance and are not undersized because Zeller is a 7 foot power forward and Biz has an incredible wingspan to block shots even at 6ft 9. Look at where Indiana was before he arrived at that school and how he made his teammates better in his 2 years there.

Posted by: will | Jun 27, 2013 9:45:45 PM

Good news that Mullens and his no heart play are out of here. Zeller is twice the player that Mullens is.

Posted by: bobcat bob | Jun 27, 2013 10:00:05 PM

Charlottean, I figured they were cleaning you off of the walls and ceiling(explosion).

I was So undecided really didnt like Len or Noel. One soft one small and I think Zellar is in the middle so safe pick. Love the high motor mixed with high motors of Kemba, Henderson, Biz! Wow talk about Energy!!
So disappointed in Mullens unless he was hurt end of season. Do think mullens is gonna get the "boot"? Or have,,, if he stays Mcroberts, Mullens off bench?

Posted by: David Stern has to go!! | Jun 27, 2013 10:46:14 PM

Sorry Zeller.

Posted by: David Stern has to go!! | Jun 27, 2013 11:10:06 PM

Please, please re-sign McRoberts, trade Mully and amnesty Tyrus. Then, go out and get a shooter in FA.

Posted by: eduardo | Jun 27, 2013 11:11:28 PM

Tyson Chandler is 7"0 240. Garnett is barely 250. Zellers weight shouldn't be an issue.

Posted by: Internetgrammarpolice | Jun 27, 2013 11:12:53 PM

Really exciting draft night, beginning with the surprising - but very smart - Cavs' 1st overall pick.

I'm very happy with the Bobcats' pick. This is the player I wanted at # 4, but I didn't believe they'll pick him.

Versatile player with many qualities, safe pick and great upside at PF at the same time.

Thanks to getting Cody, it's the first time I feel better about having Biz at center.
These two are incredibly complementary, they can help each other at both ends of the floor.
Cody's offensive skills not only help "hide" Biyombo's limitations in this area, he actually can - by drawing the defending big guys to him - make Biz a better offensive player (creating space for Biz, to score easy baskets).

Of course, Biyombo's great wingspan will compensate for Cody's main shortcoming (his wingspan), for shot blocking and rebounding. Also, Cody will be our second best rebounder (after Biz).

No crazy high risk pick here, but one that will make this a better team.
And of course, Cody Zeller is just 20. He'll contribute from the beginning, but it'll take a few more years until we'll get the best of what he can be.

Posted by: Sandy | Jun 27, 2013 11:41:49 PM

While this is a great pick for the Charlotte Hornets' "power forward of the future", let's not forget about re-signing Josh McRoberts (agreed with Eduardo).

You don't find easily a point forward with his skills.

Posted by: Sandy | Jun 27, 2013 11:51:38 PM

MKG fills that point forward role even better than mcroberts though. he didn't post concussion last year which is why mcroberts gave us such a boost.

mcroberts is expendable, i'd actually rather have mullens than mcroberts with zeller on board. if we had gone noel, i'd much rather have mcroberts. even better would be thomas robinson but i believe that ship is sailing elsewhere.

walker/hendo/mkg/zeller/biyombo + taylor + cap space + 2014draft picks + some trade chips in sessions and haywood. things are looking very good. well done rich.

Posted by: charlottean | Jun 28, 2013 1:30:47 AM

You surprise me. Not long ago you agreed with me both on keeping McRoberts, and in being disappointed with Mullens.
I can't understand this preference for BJ.
Roberts is a superior player in every regard: more efficient in scoring (better shooting percentage), has more readiness to attack in the paint, but also, has shooting range, without overdoing it (unlike Mullens, who is frequently jacking up too many 3 pointers), is a better defender and of course, is a much better passer, which was very valuable to the team offense.
And 1. MKG didn't prove himself to be an equally good passer to McRoberts, and 2. if he ever will, that's no reason to give up on Josh. You never have too many good passers in a team (which was what I said also when Rick was writing that somehow Jax was taking away Diaw's role in helping the PG with playmaking; he wasn't, they both contributed in that regard). There is something disorderly, a kind of lack of discipline in Mullens' manner of playing; it comes down to Josh's better basketball IQ.
The team as a whole benefited of Roberts replacing him, when BJ was injured.

Posted by: Sandy | Jun 28, 2013 2:15:30 AM

Evidently, McRoberts, not "Roberts". It's late...

Posted by: Sandy | Jun 28, 2013 2:18:09 AM

Now, every Bobcats fan does understand that this team will battle for last place with the Magic once again in the 2013-2014 season. The goal is to NOT lose the 2014 pick to Chicago.

With that said, the Zeller pick will ensure that not happening. If the Bobcats selected McLemore with the 4th pick, more wins would be in the offing this year, so it was a good move by Cho. Hang onto as many picks as possible in 2014. The Blazers 2013 Draft was superb, so the Hornets are sitting pretty there. The only iffy one is with Detroit, as they have to not finish in the bottom 8, in order for the Hornets to get the Pistons pick in 2014.

Great job planning for the future, Charlotte Management. In 2014, Tyrus Thomas will be amnestied, the Hornets will be looking at 3 1st round picks, and more cap money available, as Flash Gordon comes off the books. It's all about 2014...so the team is just treading water until then.

Posted by: Where's Hugo? | Jun 28, 2013 8:46:33 AM


its about minutes. i don't see there being a ton of minutes there for mcroberts, so it would make more sense to have a mullens with a chip on his shoulder who can randomly go off for 30 points (big man version of a nate robinson?) vs. under utilizing mcroberts skill set.

i'm def still off the bandwagon of mullens being a potential franchise guy, but he's still an nba talent. ewing might have an incredible affect on him. he's younger than mcroberts too.

idk it's a really thin line, could go either way.

all i know is....thrilled we didn't take len, thrilled we took zeller, now we need to sign curry immediately.

Posted by: charlottean | Jun 28, 2013 12:16:22 PM

Seems pretty obvious that Seth Curry should be with the Bobcats in the Summer league.

For back-up SG, Jeff Taylor is also a talented shooter (especially based on his last year in college), plus an incredible defender. I know, he was drafted as a SF, but his game seems to me a better fit for SG in NBA. You want better rebounding and driving ability at SF in NBA.

So, I like Seth, but will he be really needed?

What would you say about C.J.Leslie, who is way too athletic and talented for an undrafted player? Mark Price could work with him on his jump shot, which he just didn't need to use much at N.C. State - where he played PF and was mostly scoring in the paint, against bigger and stronger defenders. Then he'd make, I think, a terrific offensive back-up SF, plus rebounder. Can he do a better job in defense? I'd say he has the physical tools to do it, as SF.

I think Josh McRoberts can impact a game even as a a back-up (to Cody, whose minutes may normally be within some limits as a rookie), and we shouldn't lose him. That's all we have left from Emeka's 2nd overall pick (through various trades)! Mullens has his qualities, but still, because of that lack of toughness combined with a very unimpressive basketball IQ (to put it nicely), I don't see him as a keeper.

Posted by: Sandy | Jun 28, 2013 2:48:29 PM

mullens can guard the 5 though. thats the big thing to me. if biz and cody play 36mpg and there's 24 minutes left and 12 of them are at the 4 and 12 are at the 5.......mullens is the guy that gives you both. if you're thinking biz and cody play less and cody plays some at the 5, then i can see mcroberts having a bigger role.

a lot of rumors about humphries and a pick coming our way from boston.

as for curry.....it would be a luxury. you develop his point guard skills in the d-league for 3 years to have a long term backup to kemba who can plays some 2 against smaller lineups. but to have that guy as the 12th, 13th guy on the roster? that's an absolute wild card i would want to carry. and a great shooter to put on the floor to ice games at the free throw line. when you're talking about 5th guard on the roster..........there is literally NO BETTER OPTION than the guy. and I still see taylor as more of a 3 but concede your points. taylor is very bobby phills esque to me.

but how dumb is it going to be when seth signs with the lakers or some ish and scores 15 a game as a rookie ant morrow style?

i mean we already made the exact same mistake with morrow......and curry is a better talent (ant would argue).

as for lesie, i think he is a lot like mullens. insane talent, but will he ever put it all together? knicks snatched him up quick. you talk about noel being frail.......cj leslie weighed in at 209 without the excuse of surgery OR without the excuse of being 19. perfect guy to sign and let him develop in the d-league. if he fills out a bit around 25 AND develops nba 3 pt range......he's an absolute talent. could be a lot like a milsapp type guy.

Posted by: charlottean | Jun 28, 2013 2:58:50 PM

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