Your 2013 NBA Draft Open Thread

By 11W Staff on June 27, 2013 at 7:22p
129 Comments
Deshaun Thomas is hoping to hear his name called tonight during the NBA Draft

Will Deshaun Thomas become the Thad Matta's ninth NBA selection from his nine seasons at Ohio State. If so, where will he go? While most analysts see Thomas going in the second round – the Thunder, Pistons, Lakers, Kings and Bulls have all been floated in mock drafts – some have the Buckeye gunner going undrafted.

Will the Cavs make the most of their picks, including the No. 1 overall selection in the draft?

Burning questions.


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UrbanBuckeye's picture

Hearing that the Bulls are high on Deshaun as a 2nd round pick. Great team for him to land on.

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Jordan Wagner's picture

Think the Kings at 36 are a good fit. Chris Jent connection. 

UrbanBuckeye's picture

Very true. Burke and Deshaun on the Kings? That'd be interesting.

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JollyFatMan's picture

How did I just learn that the Cavs have the first pick? 

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rdubs's picture

Well that was unexpected...

Gobucks2204's picture

What in the world?
 

d1145fresh's picture

Oh Cavs. Although I will say I don't hate it but I don't get it. 

UrbanBuckeye's picture

Interesting... Bennett is a tank with a lot of potential though.

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Chief B1G Dump's picture

He's gonna run pick and roll with Kyrie all day.

Gobucks2204's picture

He looked two inches shorter than Battier who was interviewing him!

Sauce Bauss's picture

T.C.B.....Typical Cleveland Behavior 

ATXbucknut's picture

I am disappointed as well. Bennett only had one season to prove himself collegiately and although he did well, he tired in the 2nd half of the season (putting up a couple of goose eggs).  He is not in great shape.  Plus, the competition in the Mountain West in not very physical (I didn't say it wasn't good, just nowhere near as physical as the NBA).
Sorry to be a negative nancy, but I think this is an almost wasted pick. Cavs could have and should have traded down to get this guy.

captain obvious's picture

6'8" 260lb 19 year old athlete who can shoot

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d1145fresh's picture

I don't hate the pick just not at #1. They could have traded back to 5 with the Suns and still get Bennett. 

Squirrel Master's picture

I actually kind of like it. I watched his highlight film, he can move a bit and is very athletic. Kill me if you want, but Cavs need someone to be able to guard Lebron, Carmelo, Paul George, Rudy Gay and other athletic big small forwards. He is 6'8'' 261. Lebron is basically that. They also needed a small forward too and Noel or Len were not the pick anyways.
and now Oladipo will be another athletic SF in that conference. Gotta stay with the Joneses.
EDIT: if anyone thinks Porter and Oladipo will be able to compete early against veteran SF, they are wrong. Porter at 198 lbs wouldn't stand a chance against Carmelo and Lebron. They will need to gain weight fast or they will get beat up in 82 games. 

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sir rickithda3rd's picture

noone can match up with the guys u mentioned. those type of guys are going to get you 25-35 points every night. Oladipo is 6'4" max no way he is a 3 in the league

mark may wins douchebag of the year... again

rdubs's picture

Back to back Canadians going number 1??

2014nationalchamps's picture

Yes!! This is exactly who I wanted out of this draft.
Now lets get the rim protector with the 19. Withey?

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captain obvious's picture

I agree he is the one guy that has potential to be a superstar in the draft and fits in day one with the CAVS.

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rdubs's picture

So I am loving this version of David Stern!!

Baroclinicity's picture

I'll give the Cavs credit for taking who they wanted, and not who they thought "experts" thought they should take.
 
Zeller at 4????

When you're holding a hammer, everything looks like a nail.

Squirrel Master's picture

Holy Crap! Cody Zeller? WOW! Bobcats be Bobcats! lol

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d1145fresh's picture

Don't worry Cavs. Charlotte just made the worst selection of the 2013 NBA Draft. Zeller is going to get handled in the NBA. 

Gobucks2204's picture

Nerlens maybe dropping because of the knee and the lack of build?

LadyBuck's picture

You never know. GMs could be just as surprised as us going "WTH hasn't someone picked him? What are we supposed to do?" Either that, or teams are getting who they want and need, shunning all media hype. If so, I respect them even more.

LadyBuck's picture

Hey, Zeller has a lot of upside and was probably the best pro prospect IU had last year. They just failed at using him.

ATXbucknut's picture

This is definitely the most interesting draft in memory.  Lots o' surprises early. 

Mike Young's picture

I like the Bennett pick, but only if Mike Brown (chuckles) isn't going to hold them (ha) back & let them run... LULZ

Thompson, Bennett, (  ), Waiters, Irving. Small but super-athletic. 

captain obvious's picture

I think Bennet plays the three and they get a post defender with their next pick

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oregonianbuckeye's picture

I don't buy a 260 lb guy not named Lebron playing the 3. Just don't see it working defensively. 

Squirrel Master's picture

future prediction, Bennett becomes a superstar and leaves cleveland right around the time Mike Brown gets fired! #twilightzone

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d1145fresh's picture

Don't worry Cavs and Bobcat fans... Phoenix just made the worst pick of the 2013 NBA Draft. 

Squirrel Master's picture

no way, Zeller is much worst. I would prefer Len over Zeller. Zeller has an obvious ceiling. This kid just learning the game and has only been in the US for 2 years. 
I'm not saying he is awesome but he will be a heck of a lot better than Zeller. I will book that!

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d1145fresh's picture

I also am not a big fan of Zeller. My big point is that Noel is the best big man in this draft and to see two centers go before him is dumbfounding. The knee doesn't bother me because it was hurt in a situation that would hurt anyone's knee. It is not like Oden where there is some chronic injuries. 

Squirrel Master's picture

well I agree Phoenix should have taken Noel because at his weight, he might be a heck of a PF next to Gortat. I totally agree with that.
but player wise, I think Len isn't a horrible pick. I just wonder what they are going to do with Gortat because he is also an offensive center. Neither are great at defense, although Len is long, so one has to go. Noel would have made better sense.
Now he is going to NO with Anthony Davis! That is just sick in regards to shot blocking!
and now they trade him to Philly! unreal

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LadyBuck's picture

I cant' even... Are they trolling us?

coke's picture

I have a hard time questioning Chris Grant.  He knocked it out of the park with Irving, both Waiters and Thompson have played well and still have a lot of upside, and Tyler Zeller is a solid player.  My only question is whether or not Bennet can play SF?

BME_Buckeye's picture

I love how the guys have flags and jersey numbers sewed in their suit jackets. Very Nice. 

Look closely, because the closer you think you are, the less you will actually see.

 

LadyBuck's picture

And there goes Nerlen Noel.

DaytonBuck1980's picture

Would have preferred Ben Mclemore myself but in a draft with no clear cut #1 pick I can't knock this pick. I like Bennett's potential along side Kyrie. 

Still not giving a damn for the whole state of Michigan. 

SilverBulletNYC's picture

Typical Cavs. Ugggh.

The South will NOT rise again!

LadyBuck's picture

These interviews are kind of painful. I already miss Pop's interview prowess.

d1145fresh's picture

Why is Battier even doing these interviews? Isn't he still playing? I would have to imagine ESPN would have some actual journalist to do an interview. Wait did I just say ESPN should have actual journalist? Weird. 

LadyBuck's picture

They just finished the NBA seasons last week, so no, he's not playing anymore. And why would ESPN put journalists to cover the NBA draft? That'd be too hard.

d1145fresh's picture

I know there currently isn't any NBA games being played. I was saying isn't he currently an active NBA player on the roster of a team. It just seems like a bit of an odd situation. 

BME_Buckeye's picture

O wow, the Pistons didn't take Trey Burke. I did not see this happening.

Look closely, because the closer you think you are, the less you will actually see.

 

Squirrel Master's picture

I don't know why everyone thinks Anthony Bennett is a 4. He is 6'8'' and can shoot from 3. He is a true SF in the NBA.
in college he is a PF, just like DT was a PF at OSU but will be a SF in the NBA.

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DaytonBuck1980's picture

Burke is a steal at #9 but I don't understand that pick by the wolves when they have Rubio. Think they will trade him? 

Still not giving a damn for the whole state of Michigan. 

Squirrel Master's picture

Why did Minnesota draft Trey Burke, they have Ricky Rubio.
HA! Jalen Rose got Minnesota mixed up with Philly. He kept saying Minnesota took Burke because they are trading away Jrue Holiday. HUH? lol

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wibuckeye's picture

I thought he was going to Penn State before scUM.

WIBUCKEYE

DaytonBuck1980's picture

Did Bilas just say Burke was originally committed to UC? That's not right is it?
beat me to it. Exactly my thoughts tho. 

Still not giving a damn for the whole state of Michigan. 

SilverBulletNYC's picture

No, he originally committed to Penn St. 

The South will NOT rise again!

LadyBuck's picture

Dear lord, ESPN, pull it together. It's well documented that Trey was going to PSU before scUM, never UC.

wibuckeye's picture

I shouldn't be surprised by espn's "reporting".  I used to think that some of their analysts knew what they were talking about, but it seems they make it up on the fly.  WWL might now stand for world wide liars.  

WIBUCKEYE

LadyBuck's picture

Well, it's that or they don't have any of their knowledgeable journalists actually covering the event. I mean, they know some things, but that's basic, and Jalen Rose messed it up, right? That's even worse.

wibuckeye's picture

I thought it was Bilas that said it, he usually knows his stuff.  I would think espn would have some decent researchers.

WIBUCKEYE

9Route's picture

Bilas also said OSU passed on T. Burke for A. Craft. Correct me if I'm wrong, but wasn't it S. Scott we chose instead of Burke?

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LadyBuck's picture

That's even worse. Bilas is supposed to know college ball.

BuckeyeChief's picture

this ish is bananas; B A N A N A S!

 

"Clutch has no boundaries"

LadyBuck's picture

I like CJ McCollum, but I have no clue what this means for Portland.

Squirrel Master's picture

They seem to be thinking about doing what GS did. Curry and Jarret Jack was a pretty fast paced, good passing and shooting team. I can see McCullum next to Lilliard. 

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LadyBuck's picture

That would be interesting to see. I wish him the best of luck, and he was one hell of a college player. Good job on picking a dynamic, intelligent, articulate player.

Squirrel Master's picture

okay, so Trey Burke is being traded to Utah for 14 and 21.
now Noel is going to Philly for Jrue Holiday and next years pick, and they are about to pick. Might get Carter-Williams. That is not bad, Noel and him would be a drastic difference than last years team. Evan Turner might start the season as the starting PG, or at least handling the ball. 

I saw a UFO once.......it told me to have a goodyear!

rdubs's picture

Check out the inside of McLemore's suit:
 

Squirrel Master's picture

Noel flashed his too. I think some or all of the top picks got that. 

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DaytonBuck1980's picture

Good for Trey Burke. Glad he landed in a better situation. 

Still not giving a damn for the whole state of Michigan. 

UrbanBuckeye's picture

Honestly, all that I care is that Deshaun lands on a team that provides him the best path to success in the league.

In Urban We Trust!

LadyBuck's picture

I understand nothing about this draft. I feel like the GMs are singing this.

captain obvious's picture

#$$T^%$  ESPN
you have to be an insider to see best available

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rdubs's picture

Right now it is two Europeans I have never heard of.

LadyBuck's picture

I'm just listening to the espn radio.

9Route's picture

Anyone else notice how Commissioner Stern mentions the pick's hometown then school at the podium...well he did this for every pick so far...EXCEPT Trey Burke (from Columbus, OH as we all know).
Strange.
I was just waiting for him to say that.

I'm just happy to be here

rdubs's picture

Olynyk headed to Boston to compete with Sully?

DaytonBuck1980's picture

I know he's got some off court issues, ie is he capable of playing a role but would Shabazz Mohamed be a good fit for the cavs talent wise if he fell? Why not take a chance on a potentially dynamic player. 

Still not giving a damn for the whole state of Michigan. 

LadyBuck's picture

So, let's all try to say the last two draft picks names. 10 times fast. GO.
So, who else is amused by the ESPN "experts" confusion and befuddlement at this draft?

DaytonBuck1980's picture

I think Shane Larkin would make a great guard off the bench if he's available
 

Still not giving a damn for the whole state of Michigan. 

d1145fresh's picture

The Russian Rocket!!!! I know absolutely nothing about this kid but hey why not. 

DaytonBuck1980's picture

I don't even know what to say about that pick. 

Still not giving a damn for the whole state of Michigan. 

Baroclinicity's picture

Maybe he plays the 3?

When you're holding a hammer, everything looks like a nail.

LadyBuck's picture

Well.... Okay then, Cleveland, if you say so.

Danify's picture

Love the Karasav pick. Kid can shoot and has great skills for his shooting ability. I will say I hope the Cavs package the 2nd round picks and go get Gorgui Dengi.
 

d1145fresh's picture

What is crazy is that by the middle-end of the first round it is really a crapshoot to find a player that will actually produce for a team. Maybe Putin's All-star will work out

Danify's picture

With Cleveland avoiding the centers in this draft it could be possible they have "quietly" talked with Greg Oden and his people about joining the Cavs. Or they could trade their 2nd round picks to move up and get Jeff Withey or Rudy Gobert.

Chief B1G Dump's picture

I have a feeling DT is going to end up in San Antonio. 

captain obvious's picture

I've said that all along.
He fits great there

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Chief B1G Dump's picture

And the feeling was correct...
 

HighBallAce's picture

It's to bad that Deshaun Thomas hired an agent! Otherwise he could have withdrawn from the draft and went back to Ohio State. That is if the rule is still made up that way?

Knarcisi's picture

Deeper draft next year ... I think the feeling was he would go higher this year. 

HighBallAce's picture

Yes that's true but look at all the guys who left the B1G conference. He would have been the best guy coming out of the B1G next year! Not to mention all the guys who came out early for all the other schools. I just think Thomas would have been a lot better off if he would have stayed another year and worked on his jumper and maybe on his foot speed for defense. He has a very weak jumper. He just would have been a lot better off if he would have waited.
EDIT: They don't even have Thomas as a 10 Top player LEFT on the board! He absolutely should have waited. I'm sorry but he should have stayed another year.

JPBucks3's picture

How many shooting guards do the cavs need?

UrbanBuckeye's picture

When does Columbus or Cincinnati get a team? Personally, I hated this draft job by the Cavs. This franchise is a mess.

In Urban We Trust!

Knarcisi's picture

I heard Browns management is consulting with the Cavs. 

UrbanBuckeye's picture

Such an embarrassment to the great state of Ohio.

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skid21's picture

Can't believe some of these guys being picked over Tank. Character issues and not stars.

aboynamedtracy's picture

I like the Cavs #2 pick, but then again I've always been a Glasnost half full kinda guy...

HighBallAce's picture

Oh my gosh....the Trailblazers picked the big tall white kid that you pick on your team so everyone on the other team gets scared cause you have a big, tall white kid on your team! Works great for zone defense!....."puts head in hands*

UrbanBuckeye's picture

Anyone care to explain why the top scorer in the best conference hasn't been drafted yet?

In Urban We Trust!

skid21's picture

I'll leave that to someone who knows more about the NBA than I do BUT some of these guys...Murphy from UF?? Really? Arrest record and not impressive at all. Go figure.

ScarletGray43157's picture

NBA drafts on potential. Thomas is maybe seen as a pure scorer that can't D-UP at the NBA level?  

In old Ohio there's a team that's known throughout the land...

Deadly Nuts's picture

All I remember from Murphy is owning his team two straight years...

LEBRON

airborne082385's picture

Figured Minnesota would take DT at 52 with the pre draft workouts etc.  No biggie here's hoping DT at least gets drafted.  

captain obvious's picture

Its sad the kid from Arizona who averaged 5 a game gets drafted and Tank  still hasnt. Thomas will contribute to an NBA team. The man can flat out score, is great on the offensive boards, has great hands and is a winner.
 
Actually its bullshit

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skid21's picture

I think the Buckeye hoops team needs to hire a different S&C coach. Our guys do not do well in that area.

captain obvious's picture

Athletes arent made they are born.
see David Lighty and Sam Thompson

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skid21's picture

Thomas lost 15 lbs. and improved his workouts over the last couple of months. Why didn't he do that this time last year? Did you see how Buford performed in workouts last year? Our guys do not do well.

captain obvious's picture

6'7" high energy rebounder
are you kidding me he's from Iran

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Deadly Nuts's picture

I thought it was funny that they said he was a pass first guy. But none of those highlights were him passing.

LEBRON

oregonianbuckeye's picture

The most awkward part of the draft, Doc Rivers calling Bill Simmons an idiot. Did not see that one coming.

OSU_ALUM_05's picture

Anyone else laughing at Tom Crean right now? 2 of top 4 picks and you can't make it out of the Sweet 16? Ha ha sir.

skid21's picture

I'm sure he'll give himself a ring for having 2 first round picks. Such a douche.

Deadly Nuts's picture

"Congratulations on your second straight Sweet 16, here are your huge ass rings."
-Crean

LEBRON

Deadly Nuts's picture

4 straight S16's for us.... no rings needed.

LEBRON

Brutus's picture

Yep. At least we managed to make it to the championship and both our guys were freshmen.

RedStorm45's picture

In the last 4 years?

UrbanBuckeye's picture

Please take him, Spurs. Please.

In Urban We Trust!

Deadly Nuts's picture

San Antonio or Memphis...

LEBRON

UrbanBuckeye's picture

Deshaun to the Spurs! BAM! There we go, gang!

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Veraton's picture

Absolutely love that hes going to the Spurs!

skid21's picture

He slipped because his S&C was piss poor early in evaluations. Get a new coach!!

741's picture

Finally! Go DT!

UrbanBuckeye's picture

Gets to play for the best coach in the league. Coach Popovich is tremendous at developing players.

In Urban We Trust!

Haybucks's picture

DT to the Spurs.  Now I have another "favorite" team in the West.

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