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Friday, June 28, 2013
One wacky NBA draft

By Dick Vitale
ESPN.com

The 2013 NBA draft was absolutely wacky, from the No.1 pick to all of the trades. It was absolutely insane. All of the trades made it difficult to quickly analyze who made out the best. Picks and trades came so fast, it was hard to keep up.

Like everybody else, I was stunned when the Cavaliers took Anthony Bennett of UNLV as the No. 1 pick. I believe Cleveland will regret passing on Victor Oladipo, who is the best instant impact player in this draft. Orlando was smart to grab him at No. 2; his work ethic and play on both ends of the floor will be a plus for the Magic. Orlando struck gold with that choice. The VBDI (Vitale Bald Dome Index) says Oladipo will be the star of this draft and next season's rookie of the year.

In the short term, the Brooklyn Nets got an A on draft night. They used this effectively in getting veterans Kevin Garnett, Paul Pierce and Jason Terry. They also added Mason Plumlee of Duke with the No. 22 pick. Brooklyn has an impatient owner who wants to win now, so Jason Kidd's first season as an NBA coach certainly will be interesting. It will be Rebuild City in Beantown, and I wonder what Red Auerbach would say to Danny Ainge now.

I love Cody Zeller going to Charlotte. You cannot teach size, and he is very skilled. He just needs to get stronger. Now he is united with Michael Kidd-Gilchrist; remember the IU vs. Kentucky college games when these two met up?

Sacramento had to be happy to see Ben McLemore slip down into its lap. He's destined to grow into a solid, 10-year pro.

I liked New Orleans' move to get Jrue Holliday from the Sixers in the Nerlens Noel trade. I believe the former UCLA guard will be a star down there for many years to come.

Utah made a good decision in acquiring Trey Burke of Michigan. He will be a leader at the next level and his skills will translate well.

The current NBA rules clearly hurt Shabazz Muhammad of UCLA. He would have been among the top picks if he had been allowed to enter the draft right out of high school. Instead, how many Ben Franklins did Muhammad lose by playing one college season?

Tim Hardaway Jr. of Michigan has size and offensive skills to get into the Knicks' rotation. He will need to work hard on defense to win the admiration of coach Mike Woodson.

Doc Rivers and the Los Angeles Clippers hit a home run, baby, getting North Carolina's Reggie Bullock at No. 25. His range will be a huge plus because the NBA is all about shooting, so I really dig this pick that late in Round 1.

If you have seen these college kids play on a regular basis, as I did all of last season, it is safe to say that many of the second-round picks are as good as those in the first round. The biggest difference is in their bank accounts!

I loved the Houston Rockets' pick of Murray State's Isaiah Canaan early in Round 2. I believe he will prove he should have been a first-round selection. I was surprised he lasted as long as he did.

Former University of Detroit star Ray McCallum went to Sacramento. Note to Mr. McCallum: I am proud to say that two Titans taken in the second round were named Terry Tyler and John Long, and they played more than 10 years in the NBA.

I was stunned to see Deshaun Thomas fall all the way to San Antonio late in Round 2. He could be a steal. I was also stunned that NC State's C.J. Leslie went undrafted.

Finally, congrats to commissioner David Stern for dedicating himself to marketing the NBA globally. This was the last time the Commish called out the names of the stars of tomorrow!