The 2013 NBA draft was once touted as being one of the weakest drafts in recent memory, as not once single prospect stood out among the rest in terms of potential or ouright talent.
The top 5 picks comprised of Anthony Bennett (Cavaliers), Victor Oladipo (Magic), Otto Porter (Wizards), Cody Zeller (Hornets), and Alex Len (Suns). Back then, none of them were projected to do much in the league, especially in their rookie year. Injuries also hurt prospect’s chances of going higher, as Nerlens Noel was projected to go top 3 before suffering from an ACL injury while playing for Kentucky.
On top of that, this draft’s success definitely wasn’t helped by Cleveland’s decision to draft Anthony Bennett with the first overall pick, who has gone down in history as one of the league’s biggest busts only 4 years out from being drafted. Ouch.
Bennett averaged a poor 4.2 points and 3.0 rebounds his rookie year, and didn’t manage to score a field goal until his fifth game of his career, even though he was given ample court time to start the season.
Despite the lack of star power to begin their careers, some of the players from that draft class have turned into potential franchise players, most notably Giannis Antetokounmpo for Milwaukee and Victor Oladipo for Indiana.
Join us as we take a look at some of talent that has eventually come out of that draft class.
#2 – Victor Oladipo
After being traded from OKC to Indiana, Oladipo has come into a world of his own, recently scoring a career-high 47 points against Denver, and is the leading candidate for the Most Improved Player award at the end of the season.
#10 – C.J. McCollum
Alongside Damian Lillard in Portland, McCollum has proven he belongs in the NBA after a couple of disappointing seasons to begin his career. After averaging 5.3 points a game his rookie season, his scoring shot up to 20.8 points a game after 4/5’s of the Trail Blazers starting five had left the team, opening the door for C.J. to take home Most Improved Player award honors.
#12 – Steven Adams
Adams has improved every year since entering the league in 2013, and has transformed from a baby-faced New Zealander riding the bench into a behemoth of a bearded man.
#15 – Giannis Antetokounmpo
Just like Adams, Giannis has improved each and every year he’s been in the league, and it’s really starting to pay off for the Bucks, as Antetokounmpo is in the race for the MVP this year with averages of 29.8 points, 10.3 rebounds and 4.5 assists a game.
#27 – Rudy Gobert
Like many of the players mentioned above — apart from Oladipo — Gobert only needed an opportunity to show what he was made of after barely seeing playing time his rookie year. Gobert, although never a scorer, has managed to improve his scoring from 2.3 PPG his rookie season to 14 PPG last year, as well as leading the leagues in blocks and being named to the All-NBA second team, a major accomplishment for a player taken with the 27th pick.