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The Draft Review
Mock Draft Update: 12/9/2009 E-mail
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2013 NBA DRAFT E-mail
 
  First Round   Second Round    
  Team School Selection   Team School Selection
1 Cleveland
Cleveland
UNLV Anthony Bennett
Small Forward/Power Forward
6-7/240
Freshman
31
Cleveland
California
Allen Crabbe
Shooting Guard
6-6/197
Junior
2
Orlando
Indiana Victor Oladipo
Shooting Guard
6-4/213
Junior
32
Oklahoma City
Barcelona Regal
(Spain)
Alex Abrines
Shooting Guard
6-6/190
93 International
3
Washington
Georgetown Otto Porter
Small Forward
6-9/200
Sophomore
33 Cleveland
Cleveland
Arizona State Carrick Felix
Shooting Guard/Small Forward
6-6/203
Senior
4
Charlotte
Indiana Cody Zeller
Power Forward
7-0/230
Sophomore
34
Houston
Murray State Isaiah Canaan
Point Guard
6-0/190
Senior
5
Phoenix
Maryland Alex Len
Center
6-9/240
Junior
35
Philadelphia
Rio Grande
(NBDL)
Glen Rice Jr.
Small Forward
6-6/211
1991 Draftee
6
New Orleans
Kentucky Nerlens Noel
Power Forward/Center
6-11/206
Freshman
36
Sacramento
Detroit Ray McCallum Jr.
Point Guard
6-1/190
Junior
7
Sacramento
Kansas Ben McLemore
Shooting Guard
6-5/190
Freshman
37
Detroit
North Texas Tony Mitchell
Small Forward/Power Forward
6-9/236
Sophomore
8
Detroit
Georgia Kentavious Caldwell-Pope
Shooting Guard
6-6/205
Sophomore
38 Washington
Washington
South Dakota State Nate Wolters
Point Guard
6-5/195
Senior
9 Minnesota
Minnesota

Michigan
Trey Burke
Point Guard
6-1/190
Sophomore
39
Portland
Kansas Jeff Withey
Center
7-0/222
Senior
10
Portland
Lehigh C.J. McCollum
Point Guard/Shooting Guard
6-3/197
Senior
40
Portland
Arizona Grant Jerrett
Power Forward
6-10/232
Freshman
11
Philadelphia
Syracuse Michael Carter-Williams
Point Guard
6-6/185
Sophomore
41
Memphis
San Diego State Jamaal Franklin
Shooting Guard/Small Forward
6-5/191
Junior
12
Oklahoma City
Pittsburgh Steven Adams
Center
7-0/255
Freshman
42 Philadelphia
Philadelphia
Baylor Pierre Jackson
Point Guard
5-10/176
Senior
13 dallas
Dallas
Gonzaga Kelly Olynyk
Power Forward/Center
7-0/234
Junior
43 Milwaukee
Milwaukee
Providence Ricardo Ledo
Shooting Guard/Small Forward
6-6/197
Freshman
14 Utah
Utah
UCLA Shabazz Muhammad
Shooting Guard/Small Forward
6-6/225
Freshman
44 Dallas
Dallas

Bucknell

Mike Muscala
Power Forward/Center
6-11/230
Senior
15
Milwaukee
Filathlitikos
(Greece)
Giannis Antetokounmpo
Small Forward
6-9/205
94 International
45
Portland
Barcelona Regal
(Spain)
Marko Todorovic
Power Forward/Center
6-11/240
92 International
16 Boston
Boston
Asefa Estudiantes
(Spain)
Lucas Nogueira
Power Forward/Center
7-0/220
92 International
46
Utah
Virginia Tech Erick Green
Shooting Guard/Point Guard
6-3/180
Senior
17
Atlanta
New Yorker
(Germany)
Dennis Schroeder
Point Guard
6-2/168
93 International
47 Atlanta
Atlanta
Lagun Aro GBC
(Spain)
Raul Neto
Point Guard
6-2/179
92 International
18 Atlanta
Atlanta
Miami (Fl.) Shane Larkin
Point Guard
5-11/171
Sophomore
48 Los Angeles
LA Lakers

Duke

Ryan Kelly
Power Forward
6-11/230
Senior
19
Cleveland
BC Triumph
(Russia)
Sergey Karasev
Shooting Guard
6-7/197
93 International
49
Chicago
Florida Erik Murphy
Power Forward
6-10/240
Senior
20
Chicago
New Mexico Tony Snell
Shooting Guard
6-7/198
Junior
50 Atlanta
Atlanta
Long Beach State
James Ennis
Small Forward
6-7/200
Senior
21 Utah
Utah
Louisville

Gorgui Dieng
Center
6-11/230
Junior

51
Orlando
Oklahoma Romero Osby
Small Forward
6-7/240
Senior
22
Brooklyn
Duke

Mason Plumlee
Power Forward
6-11/238
Senior

52
Minnesota
North Carolina State Lorenzo Brown
Point Guard
6-5/189
Junior
23
Indiana
Arizona Solomon Hill
Small Forward
6-7/226
Senior
53
Indiana
Colorado State Colton Iverson
Center
7-0/263
Senior
24
New York
Michigan Tim Hardaway Jr.
Shooting Guard
6-6/200
Junior
54 Washington
Washington
Oregon Arsalan Kazemi
Power Forward
6-7/230
Senior
25
LA Clippers
North Carolina Reggie Bullock
Shooting Guard
6-7/200
Junior
55
Memphis
Partizan
(Serbia)
Joffrey Lauvergne
Power Forward/Center
6-11/240
91 International
26 Minnesota
Minnesota
Colorado Andre Roberson
Small Forward/Power Forward
6-7/206
Junior
56
Detroit
Louisville Peyton Silva
Point Guard
6-1/181
Senior
27
Denver
Cholet (France) Rudy Gobert
Center
7-2/238
92 International
57
Phoenix

Missouri

Alex Oriakhi
Power Forward
6-9/255
Senior
28
San Antonio
ASVEL Villeubanne (France) Livio Jean-Charles
Small Forward/Power Forward
6-9/217
93 International
58
San Antonio
Ohio State DeShaun Thomas
Small Forward
6-6/220
Junior
29 Oklahoma City
OK City
Kentucky Archie Goodwin
Shooting Guard
6-5/189
Freshman
59
Minnesota
Valencia
(Spain)
Bojan Dubljevic
Power Forward
6-9/235
91 International
30 Phoenix
Phoenix
Lietuvos Rytas (Lithuania) Nemanja Nedovic
Point Guard/Shooting Guard
6-3/190
91 International
60
Memphis
Ventspils
(Latvia)
Janis Timma
Small Forward
6-8/226
92 International

 

 
Ivan Renko Awards E-mail


...but who the hell is Ivan Renko?

Once upon a time back in 1993, a 6-foot-8, 230 pound power forward from Yugoslavia (Serbia) entered the recruiting world off the lips of Indiana’s head coach Bobby Knight. Knight brought media attention to the player claiming that he committed to play for Indiana.

Knight's story was that while attending a coach's clinic in Europe, he was made aware of the player. His account of Renko's living conditions in the war torn country created a high buzz. But what happened next is one of the greatest April Fools jokes of in all of sports. Various experts responded by ranking Renko and publishing scouting reports. One even proclaimed him to be a white Larry Johnson, which today is like saying he's the next Kevin Durant. Another expert claimed to spot the strapping power forward on Indiana’s campus. But how could this be when Knight made the whole thing up?

Renko is imaginary. He never existed. Knight concocted him to expose the so-called recruiting experts he doubted were providing real scouting information.

This is the backdrop to the Ivan Renko Awards. It's given to the players who seemingly appeared out of nowhere with tremendous hype and acclaim through various media outlets. But like every award, there are stipulations.
  • Player must be drafted.
  • Player must be a surprise pick.
  • Player must be a lemon in Renko fashion.
The draft nerd (that's me) lists the following Renko Awards from 2000 onward:

2000: Kaniel Dickens – What do you get when you combine tremendous athleticism and show the ability to hit an occasional three point shot? The Answer is Dickens. What the Jazz wanted was Bryon Russell 2.0 what they got wasn't close Dickens played 19 games in the NBA.

2001: Kedrick Brown – Brown is the highest a juco player has gone and may be the reason along with Alek Radojevic why no other Juco players have been taken as high.

2002: Peter Fehse – The Seattle Supersonics admitted they didn’t even scout him. One would think an NBA draftee would have a productive career overseas, but Fehse has been anything but a star on any level, except the third division Germany league he was drafted from.

2003: Maciej Lampe – He was part of the international craze that saw 20 players drafted from international leagues. Lampe is a great player overseas, but lacks athleticism and all around skills. He is smart and fundamentally sound player for an overseas career player, but what NBA team drafted him for that?

2004: Ivan Chiriaev – Anytime a Canadian high school player heads for the pros, a scout's eyes will be watching. This relocated Russian bombed in the Canada all-star game and made no friends with his infamous interview line while announcing his candidacy for the NBA draft., “The NBA wants and needs Ivan Chiriaev.” He has yet to play in the NBA and his overseas career is extremely suspect.

2005: Orien Greene - What do you do when you're not getting playing time for a great team in a tough conference? You apparently transfer to a lower division and create a niche for yourself. At 6-4, Greene’s specialty was his self-proclaimed point guard status. With the love of a few media outlets, the Boston Celtics bit. But it turns out they ordered up the wrong meal. A greasy hamburger of a player can't be transformed into a juicy steak.

2006: Ejike Ugboaja "Who in the world!" basically sums up my thoughts on draft night. I obtained his profile stats through some detective work. He has yet to play in the NBA and I doubt he ever will.

2007: Milovan Rakovic – I had the opportunity to see this guy play several times, and each time I came away with the thought that Rakovic is a career overseas player who will play in a decent league, but not with a premier overseas team. Who is his genius agent? He's definitely earned more than his standard commission. Give that man double.

2008: Patrick Ewing_Jr. – You wouldn’t think being the son of an NBA Hall of Fame player Patrick Ewing that Ewing Jr. would be on this list. Ewing worked hard through the predraft camps and slowly gained respect from scouts who had written him off. Despite this on draft night few had him pegged as a guaranteed draft pick. Ewing Jr. now works as the director of basketball operations at Georgetown.

2009: Taylor Griffin – No offense, but no one on draft night (except maybe his brother, Blake, and their parents) felt that both brothers would be drafted. It smells like an Agent favor, but thanks to his brother, Taylor had one of the best sports agencies backing him up.

2010: Ryan Reid – A valuable member of the Florida State basketball team Reid established himself as a tremendous post defender. With his limited upside and marginal offensive skills Reid’s selection was surprising.

2011: Chukwudiebere Maduabum & Tanguy Ngombo – A tie as both prospects were far from anybody’s draft list. Maduabum was essentially drafted out of the NBDL and never showed much of anything other than being tall. Ngombo was one of David Khan’s more mindboggling selections. Hilariously it later came out that Ngombo might have lied about his age that he was not 21 but 27 years old!

2012: Tomislav Zubcic – Another overseas player who was drafted like Peter Fehse after a face-up forward model of Dirk Nowitzki and Andrea Bargnani. Great shooter terrible rebounder and a marginal athlete I doubt he will ever reach the NBA.

2013: Arsalan Kazemi – Not that Kazemi was unknown by scouts but the general public knew very little of him. He wasn’t on anyone’s top 75 draft list other than the Wizards. Great hustle player with limited upside has yet to play a game in the NBA. He is the NBA's first Iranian draftee.

2014: Bruno Caboclo – No player has been such a surprise to go in the first round since Martin Muursepp in 1996. Extremely young with potential yet the comparison to being the Brazilian Kevin Durant seems like a huge stretch.

2015: Juan Pablo Vaulet – So much of a surprise was Vaulet that even his native country was shocked by his selection. Vaulet is a young prospect with developing skills but nothing exceptional. Could he be the next Argentina draft steal like Manu Ginobili or enter the realm of the forgotten like Federico Kammerichs.

Congratulations to the Ivan Renko clones. So who's next? As if there won't be one every year! Someone is going to take a risk for no good reason. TDR will be here with draft day giggles to hand out the Award.
 
On Fire! with Matthew Maurer - NBA Finals E-mail

 

Matthew Maurer of TheDraftReview.com reviews the 2014 NBA Finals winners and losers. San Antonio Spurs won the NBA title with team basketball and fundamentals but are they really that different from other championship teams?

 
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