Now that the 2013 NBA Draft has been over for a few days, its time to dissect what happened overall and specifically what the Suns did.
1. Now that you’ve had a few days to digest the draft, what did you think of the Suns picks?
Eric: I’ve already addressed some of this in my grades that came out a few days ago. However, after reading some articles and reflecting on the picks, I think the Suns did the right thing. They got younger at two positions (center and shooting guard) with Alex Len and Archie Goodwin. Both those players will be upgrades in a few years over who they will replace. With Oriakhi, we get someone with a good motor and the skills and physical ability to get that last cog in a contender in a few years; that player who gives a defensive spark, but doesn’t have to stop the opposing team’s player.
Matt: I knew the 2013 NBA draft would be somewhat peculiar but I definitely did not expect both Ben McLemore and Nerlens Noel to slip out of the top five. Alex Len was one of my favorite prospects in this year’s draft but I think the Suns will regret passing up Noel. Len might be better than Noel for the next three years in the NBA however I firmly believe that Noel will be a better player in the long run.
As far as Archie Goodwin goes, what can I say? I called it! Goodwin is in the perfect situation right now. Goodwin kicked-off his career at Kentucky with high expectations but ultimately he was unable to live up to them. If Goodwin can master the art of the jump shot he WILL be in a star in this league.
I don’t have many thoughts on Alex Oriakhi. He’s a pretty raw prospect in every sense of the term, but he has the potential to develop into a solid role player in this league. He’s solid defensive but his offensive arsenal is as empty as it gets.
2. On a scale of 1-10 how surprised were you that Anthony Bennett went #1 overall?
Eric: I’ve got to say a 10. I had heard Bennett was going to go about seventh and different reports that either, Len, Noel, Oladipo, Porter, or McLemore would go first, but good for Bennett that he went number one overall. In my mind, I see Bennett as an upgrade over Tristan Thompson for the Cavaliers, because of the offensive weapons Bennett has at his disposal, but that doesn’t have research to back it up.
Matt: 9! Once again, I knew this draft would turnout somewhat strange but I definitely did not envision Anthony Bennett going number one. Don’t get me wrong, Bennett is as good of a prospect as anyone else in this year’s draft but the Cleveland Cavaliers already got Tristan Thompson on their roster and I figured they would take Nerlens Noel as insurance to the injury-prone Anderson Varejao or take Otto Porter to fill their small forward slot.
3. What one player went too high in the draft?
Matt: Even though Anthony Bennett was a curve-ball pick, I would have to say Cody Zeller. He is a good player but he was definitely not top-five. His true position on the NBA level is up in the air. His size suggests that he could player center but there’s no chance he can be the anchor of a good defense. On the flip side, he’s also a step too slow to play the power forward spot. As usual, the Bobcats blew it.
Eric: While I agree on Zeller, but time will tell if it was a bad pick, I think that Lucas Nogueria went too high. DraftExpress’ final mock draft had him going 21st overall and he went 16th. When I was looking at his profile before the draft it looked as though the only thing keeping him in the first round was his size. He’s going to be decent in the NBA eventually, but I don’t see why he went so high.
4. What one player went too low in the draft?
Eric: Allen Crabbe. He is a top-notch shooter who was supposed to go in the middle of the first round or a bit higher. He ended up going first in the second round. He is too good of a talent to have dropped that far
Matt: It has to be Nerlens Noel; although one could also argue Ben McLemore. Noel’s ability to defend the paint, and rebound the basketball alone makes him a top five prospect. Granted he’s coming off of an ACL tear but professional athletes come back from that all the time; check Adrian Peterson. I think the five teams that passed up on Noel will live to regret it, and that includes our Phoenix Suns.