The NBA Draft is one of the most exciting and important moments of the NBA season. It gives us the opportunity to take the first glimpse at the young stars that are bound to take the league by storm and one day become the best players on earth.
Most NBA fans wait for the Draft night with high hopes and expectations. However, as you may know by now, things don’t always work out as everybody would expect. Either because of poor scouting, bad luck, a poor environment, or countless reasons, a Draft pick can go pretty badly.
That’s why, now that they’ve been in the league for 7 years now, we’re going to put together the ultimate Re-Draft of the controversial 2013 class. So if your team passed on a superstar for a bust, we’re sorry in advance for reminding you of that wasted pick:
1. Cleveland Cavaliers
Original Pick: Anthony Bennett
Re-Draft Pick: Giannis Antetokounmpo
Well, the Cleveland Cavaliers have had their fair share of talented first overall picks and franchise players but it’s pretty safe to say that Anthony Bennett wasn’t the case. He’s one of the biggest busts in Draft history but hey, at least he was a part of the deal that got them Kevin Love and eventually, an NBA Championship.
The Cavaliers could have used that pick to take Giannis Antetokounmpo instead. Obviously, no one ever thought that skinny kid from Greece would turn out to be a perennial MVP and DPOY candidate and a top-3 player in the world just seven years later, so it’s hard to blame the teams that passed on him.
2. Orlando Magic
Original Pick: Victor Oladipo
Re-Draft Pick: CJ McCollum
The Orlando Magic played it safe by taking the guy all mocks had going 1st overall that year: Victor Oladipo. Oladipo was supposed to finally turn their franchise around but he was misused, mishandled, and poorly coached. He finally broke out after being traded away.
The Magic were clearly looking for a scoring combo guard that could run the offense or play off the ball, and there wasn’t anyone better in that regard in that class than CJ McCollum. Oladipo may be a better overall player but McCollum is a borderline All-Star and way more durable than Victor.
3. Washington Wizards
Original Pick: Otto Porter Jr
Re-Draft Pick: Victor Oladipo
The Washington Wizards took a major risk by drafting Otto Porter Jr with the 3rd overall pick. I mean, he’s a pretty solid role player but taking him as high as 3rd was a bit of a reach, that’s for sure. Instead, they should have ended up with Victor Oladipo.
Perhaps adding Oladipo to a backcourt that already had John Wall and Bradley Beal would be a problem. But, had it worked out, they’d had a three-headed monster and one of the most athletic, dynamic, and even defensively solid backcourts in the league, while Beal could have slipped to the small forward spot.
4. Charlotte Bobcats / Hornets
Original Pick: Cody Zeller
Re-Draft Pick: Rudy Gobert
The Charlotte Bobcats/Hornets have a long history of wasting Draft picks. However, this time Cody Zeller did look like a cant-miss kind of talent, and to be fair, he’s been quite productive for the franchise, even though he’s never going to be a superstar.
But if Charlotte was looking for a top-tier rim-protector that could anchor their defense for many years to come, then they should have turned their attention to Rudy Gobert, who somehow slipped all the way to the 27th spot and was one of the biggest steals in recent Draft history.
5. Phoenix Suns
Original Pick: Alex Len
Re-Draft Pick: Dennis Schroder
Alex Len looked like he was going to be a huge menace in the league for many years to come. He was big, strong, long, and had a great instinct for blocking shots in college. He was a can’t-miss kind of talent if you were looking for a big man.
Once again, that can’t miss guy ended up missing. Len isn’t even going to be in the league two years from now. Instead, they should have drafted ‘The German Rondo’ Dennis Schroder, who’s proven to be a quality scorer off the bench, a great playmaker, and a hungry defender.
6. New Orleans Pelicans
Original Pick: Nerlens Noel
Re-Draft Pick: Steven Adams
The New Orleans Pelicans got Nerlens Noel and immediately traded him to the Philadelphia 76ers. Regardless of where he was supposed to play, it seemed like Noel had the archetype of a Defensive Player of the Year and top-tier rim protector.
Noel struggled to get anything going on both ends of the court. He just couldn’t stay healthy and his head wasn’t in the right place either, so the Sixers could have been better off by taking Steven Adams out of Pittsburgh University instead.
7. Sacramento Kings
Original Pick: Ben McLemore
Re-Draft Pick: Tim Hardaway Jr
The Sacramento Kings were looking for a starting shooting guard for years and Ben McLemore sure looked like the real deal. He was an athletic freak with a great feel for scoring and could even run the point from time to time, or so they thought.
McLemore hit the rookie wall a week into the season and never truly got it going. He struggled in both ends of the floor and isn’t even with the team anymore. Instead, they could have leaned towards Tim Hardaway Jr’s offensive traits.
8. Detroit Pistons
Original Pick: Kentavious Caldwell-Pope
Re-Draft Pick: Otto Porter Jr
The Detroit Pistons took Kentavious Caldwell-Pope with the 8th overall pick and it was a pretty decent choice at the time. I mean, he was athletic, strong, and it seemed like he could turn into a solid 3-and-D kind of player in little-to-no time.
If the Pistons wanted a guy that could be a legit threat from beyond the arc, then Otto Porter Jr was their go-to-guy. Also, even despite his infamous defensive meltdown, Porter can still turn into a solid wing stopper given his wingspan.
9. Minnesota Timberwolves
Original Pick: Trey Burke
Re-Draft Pick: Kentavious Caldwell-Pope
The Minnesota Timberwolves took Trey Burke to send him to the Utah Jazz. Burke was coming off an outstanding performance in the NCAA tournament and his Draft stock rose drastically, but he was never able to live up to the expectations.
Burke is still trying to find his way into an NBA rotation while the Timberwolves could have gone with Kentavious Caldwell-Pope instead. I get it, KCP is a streaky scorer and that doesn’t suit well for most fans, but the guy can play on both ends.
10. Portland Trail Blazers
Original Pick: CJ McCollum
Re-Draft Pick: Robert Covington
The Portland Trail Blazers got a major steal with CJ McCollum. People doubted him because of being an undersized shooting guard and his lack of exposure, but it was pretty clear that the guy was a walking bucket. Sadly, they can’t have it in this re-draft.
Even so, the Blazers would get a stud in Robert Covington. Somehow, Covington went undrafted in this class and is now one of the most coveted players in the league. This guy can guard one through five and is a great three-point shooter, so no wonder why teams demand him to be included in all trades.
11. Philadelphia 76ers
Original Pick: Michael Carter-Williams
Re-Draft Pick: Cody Zeller
The Philadelphia 76ers made their front office look like geniuses that night. Not only they had Nerlens Noel but also Michael Carter-Williams, who looked like a bigger, more athletic version of Jason Kidd entering the league. Now, they don’t look so bright at all.
Carter-Williams peaked during his rookie year and was never able to keep the momentum going or stay healthy. Instead, the Sixers would have gotten Cody Zeller. At least, he would have been able to stay on the court, unlike Nerlens Noel.
12. Oklahoma City Thunder
Original Pick: Steven Adams
Re-Draft Pick: Kelly Olynyk
The Oklahoma City Thunder have been known for doing a great job at scouting their draft picks. Luckily for them, Steven Adams wasn’t the exception to that rule, as he’s still anchoring their defense and protecting the paint seven years later.
Adams is a heavy-footed big man that’ll only be an offensive threat in the pick-and-roll. With him out of the question, the Thunder could have leaned towards the exact opposite in Kelly Olynyk. Olynyk looked like a standout stretch forward/center with a great feel for grabbing offensive rebounds. Now, he’s a borderline rotation player.
13. Dallas Mavericks
Original Pick: Kelly Olynyk
Re-Draft Pick: Mason Plumlee
The Dallas Mavericks drafted Kelly Olynyk to send him away to the Boston Celtics. He was that good that Danny Ainge actually traded up to get him. I bet that move doesn’t look so well right now but hey, that’s just how the Draft goes at times.
What the Mavericks should have done is drafting Mason Plumlee instead. Mason is – by far – the best of the three brothers and even though he’s never going to be an All-Star, he’s proven to be a great contributor in both ends of the glass for his teams.
14. Utah Jazz
Original Pick: Shabazz Muhammad
Re-Draft Pick: Seth Curry
The Utah Jazz drafted Shabazz Muhammad and sent him away to the Minnesota Timberwolves as a part of the Trey Burke deal. Muhammad had dominated his opposition during his lone season at UCLA and looked poised to become a lockdown defender in the league.
Needless to say, that wasn’t the case. Muhammad never improved and isn’t even in the league anymore. The Jazz/Timberwolves should have trusted the Curry DNA and draft Seth Curry out of Duke, who wasn’t even drafted back then. Shame on them.
15. Milwaukee Bucks
Original Pick: Giannis Antetokounmpo
Re-Draft Pick: Matthew Dellavedova
The Milwaukee Bucks found a diamond in the rough right outside of the lottery. No one, not even the most optimistic guy ever though that Giannis Antetokounmpo would end up becoming the superstar he is nowadays but props to them for trusting their gut.
The Bucks were mocked by that pick, claiming Giannis was four years away from being ready and that they could have had him in the second round. Now, the joke’s on them. But if Giannis were to be picked before, the Bucks could have landed another foreign hustler in Matthew Dellavedova, who went undrafted.
16. Boston Celtics
Original Pick: Lucas Nogueira
Re-Draft Pick: Trey Burke
The Boston Celtics used their draft pick to send away Brazilian stud Lucas Nogueria to the Toronto Raptors. ‘Bebe’ was raw on both ends of the floor but he was an incredible athlete with a huge upside, especially as a defender and rebounder.
In this re-do, the Celtics would use said pick to get Trey Burke instead. Burke has bounced around the league looking for an opportunity that may never come but he’s a fearless scorer that could end up becoming a solid backup point guard.
17. Atlanta Hawks
Original Pick: Dennis Schroder
Re-Draft Pick: Michael Carter-Williams
The Atlanta Hawks overachieved with their 17th pick. There was a time when it seemed like Dennis Schroder was ready to break out and be the team’s starting point guard, which was great for a 17th overall pick. Still, he didn’t want to be a part of the organization anymore.
In this re-draft, the Hawks would have to use their pick on Michael Carter-Williams. Who knows, perhaps he could have stayed healthy and fulfill his potential with them behind Jeff Teague’s mentorship. Or at least we choose to believe that.
18. Atlanta Hawks
Original Pick: Shane Larkin
Re-Draft Pick: André Roberson
The Atlanta Hawks were entitled to back-to-back picks in the mid-first round. They used this one to draft MLB legend Barry Larkin’s son Shane Larkin. And even though they ended up trading him right away, that pick was a bit of a waste.
Whoever was going to get Larkin should have used that pick to get André Roberson instead. Even despite his offensive woes, he was one of the best defenders in the league before suffering that career-threatening injury, which may have been prevented here.
19. Cleveland Cavaliers
Original Pick: Sergey Karasev
Re-Draft Pick: Gorgui Dieng
The Cleveland Cavaliers used their 19th overall pick to draft standout Russian prospect Sergey Karasev, who was 19 at the time. However, his brief stint with the Cavs and Brooklyn Nets didn’t go as expected, so he took his talents back overseas.
A much better choice would have been Gorgui Dieng out of Louisville University. He’s a great backup big man, a hard-working guy who a great feel for defense. Also, getting him as low as 20th would have been a major steal for them.
20. Chicago Bulls
Original Pick: Tony Snell
Re-Draft Pick: Allen Crabbe
The Chicago Bulls thought they had a major steal in Tony Snell. He was long, athletic, and looked like the kind of player who could develop into a solid two-way player. They took him with the 20th overall pick with high hopes for the future.
Snell didn’t enjoy much playing time with the Bulls and his career never really took off. Instead, they would have been better off with Allen Crabbe, an explosive scorer that could have blossomed in the Bulls during their struggling years.
21. Utah Jazz
Original Pick: Gorgui Dieng
Re-Draft Pick: Ian Clark
The Utah Jazz had Gorgui Dieng and ended up sending him away to the Minnesota Timberwolves. However, in this re-do, they would have used that pick to draft Ian Clark, the guy they signed in the summer anyway after going undrafted.
Clark is far from being a superstar, I guess that’s pretty clear. Even so, he’s a solid role player that can do all the little things to help your team win. He has struggled to show his defensive traits at the NBA level despite being named OVC Defensive Player of the Year in 2013 but he’s still solid.
22. Brooklyn Nets
Original Pick: Mason Plumlee
Re-Draft Pick: Daniel Theis
The Brooklyn Nets wanted a guy that could back up or play next to Brook Lopez so they went with Mason Plumlee. Mason was solid overall even though he didn’t stand out in any particular aspect of the game but they would have been better with Daniel Theis.
Theis went undrafted in 2013 and decided to stay overseas until he was finally given a chance by the Boston Celtics in 2017. Now, he’s a valuable asset for their organization thanks to his outstanding defense (both in the paint and the perimeter).
23. Indiana Pacers
Original Pick: Solomon Hill
Re-Draft Pick: Solomon Hill
Solomon Hill was drafted with the 23rd overall pick that year by the Indiana Pacers. And now that we’re looking back on that day, that’s exactly where he should have been drafted, as we also have him as the 23rd best player in our big board.
Hill has the upside to become a pretty decent 3-and-D kind of player. He hasn’t had a huge chance to prove his worth but teams still value him enough to grant him a spot on their rotation. He’s been on four teams in seven years in the NBA.
24. New York Knicks
Original Pick: Tim Hardaway Jr
Re-Draft Pick: Reggie Bullock
The New York Knicks got a major steal on Tim Hardaway Jr. They didn’t appreciate him, traded him to the Atlanta Hawks, and later resigned him to a huge deal. However, in this hypothetical scenario, Hardaway would no longer be available.
Reggie Bullock has been quite unlucky throughout his career. He’s been either hurt or dealing with personal affairs over the past couple of seasons. Hopefully, he’ll be able to turn things around for the Knicks, the team that should have drafted him in the first place.
25. Los Angeles Clippers
Original Pick: Reggie Bullock
Re-Draft Pick: Alex Len
Reggie Bullock had turned a lot of heads during his college stint with the UNC Tar Heels. He had improved yearly and there wasn’t a reason why that trend shouldn’t translate to the next level and that’s why the Clippers took him with the 25th overall pick.
But in this re-draft and with few options left, Doc Rivers team would have no choice but to get Alex Len out of Maryland. Perhaps having DeAndre Jordan showing him the crafts of a defensive big man in the league would have been better for Len as well.
26. Oklahoma City Thunder
Original Pick: André Roberson
Re-Draft Pick: Isaiah Canaan
The Oklahoma City Thunder got André Roberson at 26th, which was a major steal considering he played lockdown defense for them and played a major part on their team before suffering that gruesome injury that still has him in the sidelines.
But now that Roberson would be far gone, the Thunder would have to lean on a sharpshooting point guard rather than a lockdown defender. Canaan doesn’t bring much to the table beside his three-point shooting but he’s still worthy of a late first-round pick.
27. Denver Nuggets
Original Pick: Rudy Gobert
Re-Draft Pick: Tony Snell
The Denver Nuggets made one of the best picks in franchise history with Rudy Gobert. The downside is that they were never intended to keep him, as he was a part of a trade to the Utah Jazz in return for Erick Green and cash considerations.
It’s pretty safe to state that the Nuggets must be regretting this move, as they could have had Gobert and Nikola Jokic in the paint. To make things even worse, they would have been stuck with Tony Snell with that 27th overall pick.
28. San Antonio Spurs
Original Pick: Livio Jean-Charles
Re-Draft Pick: Nicolo Melli
Nicolo Melli was yet another European standout that didn’t get a chance to showcase his talents in the NBA back then. He went undrafted in 2013 and stayed in Europe for 6 more years until he finally got a call from the New Orleans Pelicans.
Melli has proven to be a somewhat reliable backup forward/center and his shooting skills could have come handy for the San Antonio Spurs. They wasted their pick on Livio Jean-Charles, who spent some time with the Austin Spurs before heading back overseas.
29. Oklahoma City Thunder
Original Pick: Archie Goodwin
Re-Draft Pick: James Ennis
The Oklahoma City Thunder got Archie Goodwin with the 29th overall pick of that Draft but they traded him to the Warriors and later the Suns. He got a little-to-none chance to prove his worth in the league after a nice year at Kentucky University, so he ended up leaving to play overseas.
In our re-do, the Thunder would have had to use that pick in James Ennis instead. Ennis was drafted with the 50th overall pick by the Atlanta Hawks and has bounced around the league ever since. He’s a role player at best but it’s worthy of a pick here.
30. Phoenix Suns
Original Pick: Nemanja Nedovic
Re-Draft Pick: Mike Muscala
The 30th overall pick of the 2013 NBA Draft didn’t go as planned. The Phoenix Suns took Nemanja Nedovic out of Serbia and traded him to the Golden State Warriors but he was never able to establish himself at the NBA level with the young Splash Brothers in town.
If the Warriors were to trade for a player at the time it should have been Mike Muscala. Muscala would have given them yet another shooter and his size would grant them a lot of versatility. He could have the same role Jonas Jerebko had later on.