Thursday, June 27th 2013: College player drafts are one of the most exciting moments in sports. We see it during the NFL draft every year and the NBA draft is a close second. Teams can pick up players that will impact their organization that very year or make moves that will send them into the rebuilding phase for years to come. The NBA’s draft occurred on Thursday and looking back at the event these are the most shocking moves made in the league.
Boston Celtics trade last two pieces of Big Three
The Boston Celtics have finally moved on from the Big Three era that brought them two NBA Finals appearances and one title. Kevin Garnett, Paul Pierce and Jason Terry were shipped off to their conference opponent the Brooklyn Nets. In return Boston receives Gerald Wallace, Kris Humphries, Reggie Evans, Keith Bogans and Tornike Shengelia. They also will take Brooklyn’s first round picks in 2014, 2016 and 2018.
This deal is clearly an attempt by the Nets to make a push for the upcoming year. They had a strong season in 2012-2013 but were unable to capitalize on their success in the post season. Adding Garnett, Pierce and Terry to a roster that includes Deron Williams, Joe Johnson and Brooke Lopez creates a very interesting team in the Eastern conference that can become a force to be reckoned with all year.
Boston is handling some salary concerns which will throw the organization into a complete rebuild with an injured Rajon Rondo at the helm.
Philadelphia Trades All-Star
In a move that had most people scratching their head the moment it was announced the New Orleans Pelicans and Philadelphia 76ers agreed on a deal that would send Jrue Holiday to the French Quarter for center Nerlens Noel and a 2014 first round draft pick. New Orleans also received Pierre Jackson from the Sixers.
Holiday is coming off of a breakout season where he scored 17.7 points a game while averaging 8 assists and 4 rebounds. This could be considered a salary move but Holiday is the type of player that can be built around long term. Noel was thought to be the top pick by many outlets but knee damage may have been the reason for him slipping down to the sixth spot.
Cavaliers Select Anthony Bennett With First Pick
So many others were expected to go first but Cleveland started the night off with a curve ball by selecting Anthony Bennett from UNLV. Bennett is coming off of a shoulder surgery but this pick will give Kyrie Irving some help on the floor for the Cavs who are slowly rebuilding their roster.
A number of other big moments occurred at the end of the evening which will leave fans and media professionals looking forward to the next year. As the league says goodbye to the retiring David Stern, the 2013 NBA Draft was a fun and exciting way to send him off.