The NBA draft class nobody wanted

Victor Oladipo wound up going second overall to the Magic. (Reuters)

Victor Oladipo wound up going second overall to the Magic. (Reuters)

RYAN WOLSTAT, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 1:16 AM ET

Talk about a bizarre draft class.

Usually teams work diligently and aggressively trying to acquire picks in order to draft their player du jour. But in 2013, right up until draft night, the bulk of the chatter was about teams frantically trying to opt out of the annual talent grab.

We’ve heard for two years now about 2013 being a poor class and the rumour mill sure played into that line of thinking. Cleveland had been dangling the No. 1 selection forever (the team did no such thing when it lucked into Kyrie Irving two years ago). Orlando was taking offers for No. 2, most aggressively from Oklahoma City and a few legit ones in total, according to general manager Rob Hennigan.

Teams were believed to be after Indiana guard Victor Oladipo, who the Magic ended up deciding to stick with — for now. Washington had been linked to Luol Deng and other small forwards but seemed most married to actually keeping its pick. Everyone else in the lottery either had thou




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