I saw a video on social media recently regarding the biggest busts to be drafted in the NBA the last few years. One of those individuals highlighting this video was, obviously, Anthony Bennett.
Bennett, for those who are unaware, was the #1 overall pick by the Cleveland Cavaliers in 2013. He lasted four years in the league, playing for four separate organizations; Cleveland, Minnesota, Toronto, and Brooklyn. Through those four years, he averaged about four points, three boards, and a half of an assist per game.
Let’s just say……….it was a rather less-than successful career in the NBA.
But there had to be a bright spot of his draft class. I mean, you had guys like Kevin Durant come after Greg Oden in 2007. Or…….really ANYONE that came after Darko Milicic, or Kwame Brown during their respective drafts. There HAD to be more to come from the 2013 draft class.
There, my friends, lies the problem. There wasn’t alot.
The BEST player to come out of this draft, by far, was Giannis Antetokounmpo. There is no question about it. As we all know, he is a SUPERSTAR in this league, or pretty damn close to it. If they were to redraft 2013, he would obviously be #1.
Stemming off of that, you have CJ McCollum and Victor Oladipo. McCollum, for one, has been breaking out the last three seasons with Portland; averaging about 21.7 points per game during that stretch. Oladipo on the other hand has been promising throughout his career; but he just recently saw increased success with the Pacers, where he averaged about 23 points per game in 2017-2018.
But after those three, what do you really have? I mean Dennis Schroder has started to excel his play the last two seasons. However, I wouldn’t rank him as high as Giannis, Oladipo, or McCollum quite yet.
You also have Steven Adams, who has proven to be a reliable big man that can cause havoc in the paint. But still, he doesn’t put up numbers to equate him being a steal/stud of the draft.
In the end, it’s a little entertaining to think back on it. The Cavs opened the show with a laugh, and it quite honestly didn’t get any better from there. Cleveland made you scratch your head, and it went on from there
Hopefully, from now on, future first round picks will not confuse us like this one did. But I guess we’ll have to wait and see.
What are your thoughts on the 2013 NBA draft? Is there someone that I missed that deserves more respect? Let me know in the comments section below.