2013 NBA Draft short on stars, but appears deep

2013 NBA Draft short on stars, but appears deep
May 29, 2013, 1:00 pm
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Should the Wizards stay at No. 3 or trade the pick?

The perception of the NBA's 2013 draft class is that it is weak.

All of the big men -- Nerlens Noel (knee ligament tear), Steven Adams (scant basketball IQ), Cody Zeller (underperformed in NCAAs), Kelly Olynyk (short wingspan), Alex Len (ankle surgery), Mason Plumlee (Duke) and Gorgui Dieng (limited offense) –- come with serious questions marks.

Not everyone believes that, but the Wizards will be taking a major risk on June 27 by going with any of the above. They’re in need of a post player who ideally can play power forward and center -- and score.

“It’s not as bad as people say it is,” Wizards guard Bradley Beal told CSN Washington after the May 21 draft lottery in which his team moved up five sports to No. 3 overall.  “It’s not the best, but it’s also not the worst.”

Beal was a rookie in 2012 when he was taken third overall. That draft was thin on quality post players after Anthony Davis of Kentucky went first to the New Orleans Pelicans. He was beaten out for Rookie of the Year by Damian Lillard of the Portland Trail Blazers, a point guard out of Weber State who never played in the NCAA tournament.

“It’s a lot of young guys, but talented at the same time. It just depends on what your team needs,” said Beal, 19. “Maybe a draft doesn't have what a team needs so they go out and get other assets.”

In the paint is where this draft likely will be deepest. Will anyone turn out to be Tim Duncan of the San Antonio Spurs? Probably not. But that doesn't make 2013 much different from previous years.

“A lot of people say because of the mock drafts there’s no star potential or kids won’t come in and become franchise players,” said Ryan Blake, director of NBA scouting. “There’s not too many people who are going to come in and be All-Star or franchise players. You want someone who’s going to come in and make an impact.”

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