The 2013 NBA Draft was a rather forgettable one, with no clear top pick and no identifiable star caliber prospects. Here’s a look at who rose to the top of the class three years later.
The 2013 NBA Draft will go down as one of the most confusing, topsy-turvy, and overall worst drafts in league history.
With the player assumed to be the consensus top pick in Kentucky center Nerlens Noel going down to a torn ACL in his only collegiate season, multiple options came into consideration for the Cleveland Cavaliers.
Some believed they would still take Noel, while others projected that they would either select athletic Indiana guard Victor Oladipo or versatile UNLV forward Anthony Bennett with the No. 1 selection.
Unfortunately for the Cavs, they went with the latter — who ended up being a total bust, averaging 4.2 points a game in 12 minutes of action while not getting one start. He was traded the next season to the Minnesota Timberwolves as a part of the Kevin Love deal and has struggled to stay afloat in the NBA ever since, becoming the first No. 1 overall pick ever to play a game in the D-League last season with the Toronto Raptors’ Raptors 905 affiliate.
The rest of the 2013 draft class is one big mess, with several lottery picks having floundered or failed to become anything other than decent role players. Some mid-to-late first round picks, however, have blossomed into budding stars and solid starters.
With three years having passed for one of the more mediocre draft classes in recent memory, here’s a look at who managed to make a name for themselves from the Class of 2013.