2013 NBA Draft Results: Complete Overview of First-Round Action

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Holiday was the best player for the Sixers last season with 17.7 points and 8.0 assists per game and the 2014 draft figures to be a much deeper class than the current one. The Pelicans got a proven commodity and a draft pick with upside while the Sixers just got a draft pick upside. The pressure will be on in Philadelphia for Noel to become a star. Heavy International Influence Mike Stobe/Getty Images Evan Fournier was the only player to be drafted from overseas in the 2012 NBA draftthis year the draft had a decidedly stronger international flavor. According to Ford the first round featured seven international prospects. Seven international players taken in the first round. So much for the international talent pool being dried up. Chad Ford (@chadfordinsider) June 28, 2013 As Ford noted, a total of 12 prospects taken in the first round are not U.S.









Nogueira is extremely raw, but players with his size and agility are rare. 17. Atlanta: Dennis Schroeder , 6-2, PG, Germany Schroeder used a tremendous week in Portland at the Hoop Summit in practices and the game to skyrocket up team's draft boards. He combines elite quickness with solid decision-making. 18. Atlanta: Shane Larkin , 6-0, PG, Miami Larkin recorded the highest vertical leap ever at the draft combine with a 44-inch running jump. He was not far behind Trey Burke in terms of being a team leader and floor general on the college level and there are a number of scouts that actually prefer Larkin to Burke as a prospect. As the son of Hall of Fame shortstop Barry Larkin, Shane has the pedigree to overcome a significant lack of size.





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No. 24 -- New York Knicks -- Tim Hardaway Jr., 6-6, 185, Michigan, shooting guard Hardaway was a major component in Michigans run to the championship game, averaging 14.5 points per game. The son of a five-time NBA All-Star, Hardaway has the pedigree scouts like, along with his wide-ranging jump shot. Because this draft is loaded with shooting guards, Hardaway could come away as a steal with his all-around game and intense work ethic. Theres some room to improve on defense, but his above-average strength and composure are sure to help. Bolch comment: Hardaway Jr. fulfills Knicks super fan Spike Lees desire to become younger, smarter. No. 25 -- Los Angeles Clippers -- Reggie Bullock, 6-7, 200, North Carolina, shooting guard Big for a shooting guard, Bullock has a well-rounded game.





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NOTES: Burke was the best dressed of the night in a striking slate and gold palette. Clearly inspired by his alma mater, Michigan, but not in-your-face blue and yellow. Well done. STEVEN ADAMS: Jerry Lai, USA TODAY Sports GRADE: F. NOTES:Adams is from New Zealand.





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1 guard in the high school class of 2012; Ledo was ranked No. 2. Given his history, and complete lack of collegiate experience, it can be argued that Ledo has to work harder than most draft prospects to try to convince a team to take a chance on him. Not only does he have to allay any fears of character flaws, he has to show teams that he actually can play. Because the other players have a body of work and I don't, I'm at a disadvantage, Ledo said, speaking from a hotel in White Plains prior to a workout with the Knicks, who hold the 24th pick in Thursdays draft. But as far as competitiveness and game and a skillset, I wouldn't say I'm at a disadvantage there, but in the view (of GMs) I am. Ledo may lack game experience, but he does not lack for confidence. He doesnt come off as cocky in his self-assessment, but is matter-of-fact in discussing where he views himself in the crop of prospects. I feel that Im the best two-guard in the class, he said. Ledo has said that he felt that if he was able to play at Providence last season, thered be little doubt that hes a first-round talent he thinks hed be a top-five pick.





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The overall performance of the 11 players who did return to basketball declined after their injury. Cerynik's group used a metric called the "player efficiency rating," which takes into account stats such as an athlete's points, rebounds, assists and free throw attempts per game. Following the injury, the eight players who returned for at least two seasons had an average efficiency rating of 11.69 - down more than four points from their pre-injury rating of 16.1. In comparison, similarly rated basketball players of the same age - who did not suffer an Achilles injury - saw their efficiency rating decline by just over one point. However, injured players seemed to do just as well as their non-injured counterparts when it came to rebounding, shooting and other activities that involve explosive jumping movements and the Achilles tendon.





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Injuries to Noel (knee) and Len (foot) and others clouded the picture in a draft that was without a consensus number one choice, and Bennett himself landed with the 24-58 Cavaliers despite undergoing shoulder surgery at the end of his season. "I'm just as surprised as everybody else," Bennett told reporters at Barclays Center, home of the Brooklyn Nets. Athletic guard Victor Oladipo of Indiana was taken with the second pick of the first round by the Orland Magic, and the Washington Wizards followed by claiming forward Otto Porter, who played for nearby Georgetown University, third overall. "Surreal feeling, man,' said Oladipo. "I've been watching this draft pretty much all my life, and to actually be a part of it and to actually be the No. 2 pick in this draft is truly a blessing." The Charlotte Hornets tabbed Indiana center Cody Zeller with the fourth pick before Len was scooped up by the Phoenix Suns and Noel went to the New Orleans Pelicans with the next two picks.





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Will Cleveland take Nerlens Noel or Alex Len? Who will the Wizards grab? When will Otto Porter Jr. hear his name? Scroll down to see what some teams are reportedly thinking about doing with their draft picks. Cleveland reportedly offered the Minnesota the No.





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''It's the reason why I got here, and it's the reason I'm at the point that I am now, and why it's going to help me separate myself in the future. I'm going to keep growing in that area as well. I feel like I can grow in different aspects of my defense, too, so I'm going to definitely bring that to the Orlando Magic .'' Oladipo became Indiana's highest draft pick since eventual Basketball Hall of Famer Isiah Thomas was taken No. 2 in 1981. The Magic had plenty of options with the pick, especially after Cleveland went with a surprise by taking UNLV's Anthony Bennett with the No.