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2013 NBA Draft

2013 Running Draft Blog

June 27, 2013
by Joe Gabriele Beat Writer

11:04 p.m. - With the No. 33 pick, the Cavs take swingman Carrick Felix from Arizona State -- an excellent athlete with good size. Good finisher around the basket and a solid spot-up shooter. High energy player with strong defensive tools.

11:02 p.m. - The Wine and Gold tab Allen Crabbe from Cal with the No. 31 pick. Was a one-man show at Cal. Strong shooter and effective on-the-ball defender.

10:58 p.m. - Nice tribute to Uncle Dave before he made the last pick of the first round. And even better that they transitioned Adam Silver by roundly booing him. The Cavaliers are on the clock at the top of Round 2. Big names still on the board. Jamaal Franklin, Allen Crabbe, Glenn Rice, Jr.

10:43 p.m. - Karasev on playing for the Cavaliers this upcoming season ...

"That's all about them. I'm ready to come next year and play in Cleveland. If they're going to say I need them, I come straight. I know that. I understand they need shooters. I try to really help them and go as hard as possible."

10:41 p.m. - Some quotes from Sergey Karasev ...

"I try to bring my shot to this game. That's what I talk already. Cleveland needs shooters and I think I'm the guy who can shoot the ball. If I'm going to do the job over the year, I'm going to have a lot of minutes. I'm just going to keep working on me, try to help (the Cavs)."

10:18 p.m. - Some Sergey Karasev highlights ...

10:07 p.m. - Within the Central, the Pacers take Solomon Hill from Arizona with the No. 23 overall. Surprise to some, but I know Campy Russell was really high on this kid. Tough, four-year guy. Thinks he could be the steal of the Draft.

9:44 p.m. - What the scouts said about Karasev ...

Very high basketball IQ and extremely savvy passer; solid court vision and imagination; lefty with an array of offensive moves; spends a lot of time beyond the arc and can fall in love with the long ball; son of a coach and former player; needs to add serious bulk and strength to compete against NBA small forwards; tough, willing rebounder; aggressive, confident, versatile scorer in the European league; has logged a lot of pro minutes for such a young prospect; can create his own shot; needs some work on the defensive end, should come with solid coaching and simple physical maturity; youth, size, intelligence and versatility make him one of the more interesting prospects in the Draft

9:41 p.m. - The Cavaliers get a player that a lot of people really like, Sergey Karasev, at No. 19. Lefty, son of a coach, high basketball IQ. One of the youngest players in the Draft. Cavs didn't go big, didn't go backup PG, instead get another wing player. One of the most productive players in European basketball. One of the most intriguing offensive players in the Draft. Personally, I love the pick.

9:22 p.m. - The Celtics go with a project, Lucas Nogueira from Brazil with the 16th pick. (But he might be on the move.) "Bebe" is the highest-drafted Brazilian since Nene. Danny Ferry and the transitional Hawks are on the clock with the next two picks and the Wine and Gold will be up at No. 19.

9:07 p.m. - Shabazz Muhammad goes No. 14 overall to Utah -- and that pick should go to Minnesota via the Burke trade. Muhammad was seen by some to be the No. 1 overall before the season began. But a drama-filled season at UCLA dropped him down. That, and 27 assists in 29 games didn't help.

8:57 p.m. - Bennett on meeting/working out in Cleveland ...

"You know, when I went to Cleveland I think it was like last week, if not the week before, I really had the chance to meet everybody. And they seemed like a real great group of guys, just want the best for me. I just feel like my personality I can open up to anybody. I can play with anybody. It's just -- there's no agendas for me. I just want to be successful, win champsionships and you know, just win games."

8:53 p.m. - Bennett on his relationship with Tristan ...

"I don't really talk to Tristan. If I see him in person, we'll take 20 minutes out of our day just to chat it up. But other than that, he's just a great guy. He seems real cool. Both from the same area. I'm going to be seeing him a lot, basically."

8:50 p.m. - More from Bennett ...

"I can contribute at the four, at the three. You know, there's things I still need to work on, but I feel like I'm a great teammate, unselfish. I think I can just fit in right away."

8:48 p.m. - Anthony Bennett quotes ...

"I'm just as surprised as everybody else. I didn't really have any idea who's going No. 1 or who's going No. 2. I heard everything was up for grabs. But I'm just really happy, glad that I have this opportunity, and I just got to thank God for everything."

8:43 p.m. - Canton's own C.J. McCollum, a four-year guy drafted in the first round (almost an endangered species) by the Blazers at No. 10. He and Lillard in the same backcourt. McCollum is the first Lehigh player ever drafted. (That's almost hard to believe. Just like the fact it's been 10 years since a MAC player was selected.)

8:34 p.m. - Maybe the least surprising pick of the night is Minnesota taking another point guard -- Michigan's Trey Burke at No. 9. Is this a trade pick or will the Wolves feature a backcourt of Burke and Ricky Rubio? Word is he could be on the move.

8:26 p.m. - Pistons tab knock-down shooter -- and maybe the coolest name of the Draft after Vander Blue -- Kentavious Caldwell-Pope from Georgia at No. 8. With Knight, Drummond and Monroe already in the fold, Detroit also loading up with some nice young talent. Also looking like Noel is already on the move from New Orleans.

8:19 p.m. - Ben McLemore goes to the Kings at No. 7 overall. Former Cavs coach Mike Malone has to love arguably the top shooter in the Draft falling to the Kings. This isn't bad news for the Cavs either. If the Kings finish outside the bottom 12 this year, Cleveland gets their first-rounder in 2014 Draft.

8:13 p.m. - Some Anthony Bennett highlights ...

8:10 p.m. - Alex Len goes No. 5 to the Suns. PHX needs lots of help, so any pick they made shouldn't be surprising. Can they keep him and Gortat? McLemore, Noel still on the board.

8:03 p.m. - We knew this draft was going to be crazy, but after 4 picks it's already all over the place. Cody Zeller goes No. 4 to the Bobcats. Really not that surprising. He killed at the combine and teams don't want to pass on a true-seven footer with his skill-set. Just goes to show mock drafters don't know squat. Two Indiana guys in the first four picks. Talk about a recruiting boost for Tom Crean ...

7:57 p.m. - Otto Porter, who early Mocks had going to Cleveland, stays in D.C. area, goes to Wizards at No. 3. More on Bennett: Like Tristan and fellow Canadian Myck Kabongo went to Findlay College Prep in Henderson, Nev.

7:50 p.m. - Oladipo goes No. 2 to Orlando. More about Bennett: ranked seventh in Mountain West in scoring (16.1 ppg), fifth in rebounding (8.1) and fourth in blocks (1.2 bpg). Also led UNLV in 3-pt shooting percentage.

7:48 p.m. - Some of what scouts said about Bennett ... "imposing physical specimen with huge hands, wide shoulders and a 7-1 wingspan; innate ability to create space for himself; specializes in power game in the paint but can also step outside and hit from beyond the arc; excellent footwork; nice form and mechanics on his jumper; adept at drawing fouls and gets to the line frequently; has a polished mid-range game; can overpower smaller defenders and out-quick bigger ones; powerful and explosive leaper; great body control for a player his size; incredibly versatile scorer for a freshman; tenacious finishing ability; doesn’t seek out contact around the rim for a player with his dimensions; excellent ball-handler for his position; overall skill-set could make him an All-Star at the next level"

7:44 p.m. - The Cavaliers surprise everyone (except Fred McLeod and producer of Cavs radio network, Scott Zurilla) and take Anthony Bennett of UNLV. Viewed by many as the most NBA-ready player with biggest upside. Joins fellow Canadian Tristan Thompson on the frontline.

7:34 p.m. - Uncle Dave must be feeling nostalgic. Last time he'll ever get roundly booed at an NBA Draft. The Cavs are now OFFICIALLY on the clock ....

7:14 p.m. - Here at Cleveland Clinic Courts with the rest of the local (and some national media) waiting for the Wine and Gold to make the top pick. The shade is down in the war room and the Cavs are essentially on the clock ...

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