2013 NBA Draft Gameday Thread

The man everyone seems to want tonight. - Andy Lyons

Finally, let's get this draft started!

Live blog of tonight's draft:

4:30pm: The night starts with the crowd booing so loud, David Stern had to stop talking. Then he immediately talks about the Miami Heat. The man knows how to excite a New York crowd.

1. Cleveland Cavaliers: Anthony Bennett | Whoa, a shocker! The entire crowd gasped when the pick was announced!
2. Orlando Magic: Victor Oladipo | Way less shocking here, everyone wanted this guy.

4:50pm: David Stern pulls a pro-wrestling move, listening to the boos, then smiling and saying "I can't hear you."

3. Washington Wizards: Otto Porter | Noel is plummeting, and it's reflecting in his expression.
4. Charlotte Bobcats: Cody Zeller | More shock from the crowd! Everyone is tearing up their virtual mock drafts!
5. Phoenix Suns: Alex Len | Wow, Noel almost definitely got red-flagged before the draft. Nobody knows what to expect next!
6. New Orleans Pelicans: Nerlens Noel | Someone finally took a chance on Noel! He looked thrilled to be out of the "green room".
7. Sacramento Kings: Ben McLemore | Cool, maybe we can trade for him in midseason!
8. Detroit Pistons:
9. Minnesota Timberwolves:
10. Portland Trail Blazers:
11. Philadelphia 76ers:
12. Oklahoma City:
13. Dallas Mavericks:
14. Utah Jazz:
15. Milwaukee Bucks:
16. Boston Celtics:
17. Atlanta Hawks:
18. Atlanta Hawks:
19. Cleveland Cavaliers:
20. Chicago Bulls:
21. Utah Jazz:
22. Brooklyn Nets:
23. Indiana Pacers:
24. New York Knicks:
25. Los Angeles Clippers:
26. Minnesota Timberwolves:
27. Denver Nuggets:
28. San Antonio Spurs:
29. Oklahoma City:
30. Phoenix Suns:

Late update: NBADraft.net is reporting on Twitter that Phoenix red-flagged Nerlens Noel's knee. Could this be a smokescreen? Will his stock drop tonight? We'll know soon!

Welcome to the 2013 NBA Draft! The draft starts at 4:30pm on ESPN. Hang out here and chat about every pick!

- I'll be here to live-blog rumors, trades, and any breaking news. All rumors are fair game here, not just Blazer rumors!

- Ben and Dave are standing by to post both breaking news and analysis of all the day's events. Don't forget to follow Ben on the Blazer's Edge Twitter Feed.


The usual Blazer's Edge Gameday Thread rules apply (no swearing, no pictures, no being a jerk, etc). One additional rule:

Do not spoil future draft picks. Use the Spoiler font for any picks that are not yet announced. Let everyone enjoy the draft on TV! One exception to this rule: It's ok to publicly discuss the Blazers draft pick.

Be sure to check out Dave's Draft Day Mailbag for final thoughts about tonight! And you can check today's earlier activity in the NBA Draft Day StoryStream.

Here are today's ongoing stories (latest at the top):

- 3:20: - Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo! Sports reports that the Celtics and Nets ownerships are now involved in the discussion of a blockbuster trade. Kevin Garnett, Paul Pierce and Jason Terry would head to Brooklyn, and Kris Humphries, Reggie Evans and former Blazer Crash Wallace would join Boston. There are draft picks and other stuff involved, check out the link for details. [UPDATE: Woj reports that a deal is in place, but still requires KG's approval.]

- 3pm: All kinds of trade rumors, various wheeling and dealing. But no actual deals yet. Will keep you updated.

- 1pm: Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo! Sports says on Twitterr that Sacramento likes Ben McLemore, and is trying to move up to grab him. What does that say about their plans for Tyreke?

- 12:15pm: Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo! Sports says on Twitter Anthony Bennett may drop to 10, and if so the Blazers could grab him

- Noon: Scott Howard-Cooper, NBA.com: "Indications" are that Blazers plan to keep their pick, even though they'd like to add vets. I guess the offers aren't too impressive so far.

- Noon: Latest Chad Ford Mock switched the Blazers from taking Adams to Trey Burke, to grab as an asset.

- Overnight: Jason Quick reports that LaMarcus is unhappy. Hmmm, perhaps he's just cranky after being asked the same thing repeatedly. Ok wait, now he's ok with in Portland and just wants the team to improve this offseason. Glad that's all cleared up.

- This Morning: Nate McMillan is joining the Indiana Pacers as an assistant coach. No comment.

- This Morning: ESPN says Dwight Howard doesn't want to re-sign with the Lakers. This is where Olshey can become the miracle worker.

- Today: Shabazz and Gobert are dropping in the latest mock drafts. This draft is going to be messy. The last mocks have the Blazers choosing SamSteven Adams. I'm never going to get that one right.

- Ken Berger, CBSSports.com writes: "The Trail Blazers like Carter-Williams, McCollum and Zeller. If none is available, some teams think Steven Adams could be Portland's pick."


Let's keep the conversation in one place! If you're hearing about news and rumors, post it in the comments here! If it's a big story, we'll quickly have a front-page post about it anyway.

The usual gameday rules apply. Hang out, relax, and enjoy watching the day unfold! -- Tim

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