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Shocker! The 5 Biggest Surprises Of The 2013 NBA Draft

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Did you watch last night’s 2013 NBA Draft? If not, you missed one of the better drafts in recent history. The talent that was selected was fairly weak compared to some of the other recent NBA Draft classes. But the selections themselves, the trades that went down, and all the hoopla surrounding the draft were all great. If you weren’t able to tune in, though, don’t worry. We’ve got you covered. These are the five biggest surprises of the 2013 NBA Draft.

1. Anthony Bennett going No. 1 overall to the Cleveland Cavaliers.

Anthony who? While college basketball fans are no doubt familiar with Bennett, it was widely reported that Nerlens Noel and Alex Len were the two prospects that the Cavaliers were eyeing with the No. 1 overall pick. Bennett’s name was thrown out here and there. But he seemed destined to go No. 3 or No. 4 overall. So when he was picked first, everyone was shocked. ESPN’s Bill Simmons put it best: “WHOA!” Whoa is right.

2. Nerlens Noel slipping all the way to the New Orleans Pelicans at No. 6—and then getting traded to the Philadelphia 76ers.

We don’t know what was more shocking. That Noel was still available at No. 6 or that the Sixers turned around and traded their All-Star point guard Jrue Holiday to the Pelicans for Noel and a 2014 first-round pick. We would probably say Noel slipping down the draft board. But no one saw the Sixers trade coming, and a lot of Sixers fans out there are still scratching their heads after hearing about it.

3. Ben McLemore falling to the Sacramento Kings at No. 7.

Before the draft, a lot of NBA analysts called McLemore the most talented player in this year’s draft class. So the Kings must have been thrilled when he fell into their laps with the seventh pick. If he turns out to be as good as people say he will be, they got a real steal when he fell to them.

4. Shabazz Muhammad getting selected with the No. 14 pick by the Minnesota Timberwolves and not being in the Barclays Center when it happened.

According to Muhammad’s agent Bill Duffy, Muhammad was getting antsy sitting around and waiting for his name to be called. So Duffy took him across the street to relax. But a short time later, Muhammad was selected…and he was nowhere to be found. He did turn up a short time later and came up on stage to shake NBA Commissioner David Stern‘s hand, but it was a weird moment all around. Wouldn’t you want to be in the building when your name is called during the NBA Draft?!

5. Hakeem Olajuwon coming out after the No. 30 pick in the first round to celebrate David Stern’s final NBA Draft.

David Stern announced his final NBA Draft last night. He will be retiring this summer after serving as the NBA Commissioner for 30 years. So to celebrate his retirement, the NBA called on Olajuwon—the first pick in the 1984 NBA Draft, which was the first draft Stern ever announced as Commissioner—to come back and say a few words. And Olajuwon made the moment extra special by throwing on the same tux that he wore back in 1984 for the 2013 NBA Draft. It was a very special—and very surprising—moment.

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