We have heard for months about the supposedly weak 2013 NBA draft and how there are no superstars to be had. That maybe true, but I can't stop thinking about the impact this draft will have down the road. The Pelican's now have a very nice young core by adding Jrue Holiday. They should rapidly improve if everyone stays healthy. Philadelphia began a mini rebuild by trading the only established young talent on their roster for the draft's top-rated Center, possibly signaling the end of Andrew Bynum in Philly. They replaced Holiday with Michael Carter-Williams, which will be interesting to watch. I really wonder what they were thinking by doing this. I love Noel, but wouldn't trade a young all-star for him, especially if that player is a point guard. I am not a fan of Carter-Williams. He may surprise a few people, but I doubt he can be anything more than a good defender and good passer. He has a lot of tools on the defensive side, but Syracuse guys rarely play good NBA defense. Down the road a few years Philly can be an elite defensive team, but they still have a lot of questions to answer. Orlando improves by taking Oladipo, but I still think they would have been better served to trade back with a team desperate for Dipo and taking Trey Burke. Dipo will be a good part of that team's future. Charlotte . . . well . . . it will be difficult for Charlotte to turn things around with MJ in the front office. Before this draft, I defended what he has done in Charlotte because I think he was right to start the rebuild and I liked the moves he made with Kemba Walker and MKG. But if Zeller was their man from the beginning, why not make the trade NO did, and then made Walker available? Zeller may become a beast one day, but I just don't know. Better value to be had.
Now comes the big question. The two teams in the Eastern Conference who seem to have the brightest futures and who have been on a collision course since "The Decision", Cleveland shocks the world and takes Bennett number one overall, while EG stays the course and takes his man Otto at number 3. How does Bennett fit in Cleveland? What are their plans with Thompson? Does Bennett play the 3 or the 4? They have a lot of questions right now and I applaud EG for picking the best fit. I have been critical of Porter in the past and wanted EG to take Noel, but Otto was his man and he didn't overthink it. It will be fascinating over the next couple of years to watch as NO tries to climb the ranks in the West with a great young core, but I am really looking forward to battles with Philly and Cleveland. Can Noel be enough of a force in the paint to slow down DC's epic fast break? Anthony Bennett vs Porter 1 on 1 if AB plays SF is going to be just awesome. What do you guys think? Who made the right moves for the future? I'd really like to hear your thoughts about Bennett's fit in Cleveland and what the rest of their roster will shake out to be, on MCW and Noel in Philly, or on the mess in Charlotte.