The Cleveland Cavaliers shocked many in the basketball world by selecting UNLV forward Anthony Bennett with the first overall pick in the 2013 NBA Draft. Bennett bolted for the NBA after spending one year with the Rebels. Bennett became the first-ever Canadian-born player to be selected with the first overall pick.
Bennett was one of only two players born in Canada taken in the 2013 NBA Draft.
Top Ten Picks of the 2013 NBA Draft
The Orlando Magic selected Indiana guard Victor Oladipo with the second overall pick in the in the 2013 NBA Draft. The Washington Wizards selected Georgetown swingman Otto Porter at number three, while the Charlotte Bobcats took Indiana big man Cody Zeller fourth overall. The Phoenix Suns rounded out the top five with the selection of Maryland center Alex Len.
The top 10 in the 2013 NBA Draft included:
- New Orleans Pelicans – Nerlens Noel (C, Kentucky)
- Sacramento Kings – Ben McLemore (SG, Kansas)
- Detroit Pistons – Kentavious Caldwell-Pope (SG, Georgia)
- Minnesota Timberwolves – Trey Burke (PG, Michigan)
- Portland Trail Blazers – C.J. McCollum (PG, Lehigh)
The Rookie of the Year for the draft class was selected just outside the top 10 of the 2013 NBA Draft. RoY honors went to Syracuse guard Michael Carter-Williams, who was taken by the Philadelphia 76ers with the 11th overall pick. “MCW” also earned Eastern Conference Rookie of the Month honors four times during the 2013-14 NBA season.
2013 NBA Draft Notes
The 2013 NBA Draft was the final selection meeting under the watch of NBA commissioner David Stern, who retired during the 2013-14 season. No members of the 2013 NBA Draft class were named to the All-Star team during their rookie campaign. Notable players who were not selected in the 2013 NBA Draft include Matthew Dellavedova, Seth Curry, James Southerland and Robert Covington.
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