There were several guys who didn’t get picked in the 2013 NBA draft that probably should have. The evolution of the draft in the last 15-20 years has seen second round picks become overseas investments. Even those that are up on the draft always find themselves surprised on draft night in the second round as foreign prospects who are projects are chosen like poker chips on that fateful last Thursday in June.
Through this evolution we have seen many college players who will play in the NBA go undrafted in favor of the rights of a Euro prospect.
There were several snubs last night (beyond Nerlens Noel “I’m going to make them pay” statement).
1) CJ Leslie – NC State
Leslie, long considered a late first or early second round pick and one of the best athletes in the draft, watched his former teammate Lorenzo Brown get drafted by the Timberwolves in the second round. After 60 picks he wasn’t drafted which probably was a result of working out for only two teams and then shutting down the workout according to Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo Sports.
Leslie is going to get his shot with the Knicks as he was introduced along with Tim Hardaway, Jr. today. The Knicks lucked out grabbing one of the best athletes in the draft.
2) Seth Curry – Duke
Not much can be said about Curry except he is a phenomenal shooter who has an ever climbing basketball IQ. The only reason I can find is that he literally just had surgery on June 25 on his lower leg so injury concerns may have kept teams from taking a gamble.
Curry is currently unsigned but at the least he will be in someone’s camp and I would be shocked if he isn’t on a roster when the season starts.
3) Myck Kabongo – Texas
Kabongo is a riches to rags story. One of the top players in his high school class just two years ago Kabongo was projected as a lottery pick if he was able to come to the NBA straight from high school. Through eligibility issues and suspensions Kabongo’s stock dropped like a rock. Not necessarily because of hte black eyes but more form lack of playing time and bad decision making. He fell victim to having a short window to get his team in to the NCAA tournament when he returned last year and to improve his draft stock. He strung together a decent half season but accomplished neither goal.
Kabongo has signed with the Miami Heat and will play on their summer league team. This is likely a case of the rich getting richer as Kabongo is liable to be a solid NBA talent for the Heat for years to come.
4) Richard Howell – NC State
Howell had a solid senior year, averaging a double-double to cap his college experience. Howell seems like someone who can score down low and rebound well and has the ability to make an NBA roster and play solid minutes in the future. Howell has an NBA body now and is ready to play.
Howell tweeted that he will be joining the Denver Nuggets.
5) Vander Blue – Marquette
Blue surprised everyone when he declared for the NBA Draft. Blue is a good athlete who has a solid all-round offensive game, which would seemingly add to any NBA roster.
Like Curry, Blue has no team as of yet but that signing can’t be far away.