How the rest of the Central Division drafted

How the rest of the Central Division drafted

June 28, 2013, 4:00 am
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Mark Strotman


The Central Division had three teams in the first half of the first round Thursday night at the NBA draft, and there's plenty of new talent facing the Bulls, who drafted Tony Snell and Erik Murphy to shore up their outside shooting. Here's what the rest of the division did on draft night, and how will affect the Central:

Cleveland Cavaliers

1 (1). Anthony Bennett, 6-foot-8 forward, UNLV: It was only fitting that one of the most mysterious top of the drafts in recent memory began with a major stunner, as the Cavaliers passed up centers Nerlens Noel and Alex Len in favor of the raw but talented Bennett. He fits a need at small forward and is NBA-ready. Whether the freshman All-American becomes the best player from this draft remains to be seen, but given the pre-draft buzz that the Cavs were considering Noel and Len, this pick was a surprise.

1 (19). Sergey Karasev, 6-foot-7 small forward, Russia: Having already played for the Russian national team in the Olympics, the 19-year-old has experience. His high basketball I.Q., outside shooting and passing make him a high-upside pick who could contribute in Year 1. The Cavs got solid value this late in the first round.

2 (31). Allen Crabbe (traded to Portland)

2 (33). Carrick Felix, 6-foot-6 shooting guard, Arizona State: Solid individual workouts with teams boosted the senior's draft stock all the way up to the early portion of the second round, and he'll fill in nicely as a perimeter defender on the Cavs' reserve unit.

Detroit Pistons

1 (8). Kentavious Caldwell-Pope, 6-foot-6 shooting guard, Georgia: The Pistons had their choice of Trey Burke and Michael Carter-Williams to fill a void at point guard, but the Pistons went with arguably the best shooter in the draft in Caldwell-Pope. What this means is Brandon Knight, a true combo guard, will continue to develop as a point guard next to Caldwell-Pope. Along with Greg Monroe and Andre Drummond, the Pistons' young core is quickly becoming much better.

2 (37). Tony Mitchell, 6-foot-9 forward, North Texas: An up-and-down senior campaign and lack of NBA readiness -- he's much more of an athlete than a basketball player at this point -- dropped his stock, so Detroit received good value in the second round. Mitchell will need to round his game to match his athleticism, but this is a high-reward pick.

2 (56). Peyton Siva, 6-foot-1 point guard, Louisville: After passing on the two top point guards in the draft, the Pistons found their back-up point guard in Siva, a rock-solid defender and good decision maker offensively. He won't rack up the points but he's a proven winner and a good character to have in the locker room.

Milwaukee Bucks

1 (15). Giannis Antetokounmpo, 6-foot-9 small forward, Greece: The 18-year-old is the biggest boom-or-bust prospect in this year's draft, as he hasn't faced much competition overseas but has an impressive skill set to go with his 6-foot-9 frame. His true impact won't be known for years, but the Bucks took a major gamble in an otherwise weak top half of the draft. He'll likely be stashed overseas for a few years to develop.

2 (43). Ricky Ledo (traded to Dallas): The Bucks traded Ledo to the Mavericks and went back and traded for point guard Nate Wolters via the 76ers, who traded for him after the Wizards selected him 38th overall. Wolters didn't face steep competition at South Dakota State but dominated the Summit League, averaging 19.5 points, 4.6 rebounds and 6.1 assists. He excels in pick-and-roll action and could see minutes if Brandon Jennings, a restricted free agent, departs this summer.

Indiana Pacers

1 (23). Solomon Hill, 6-foot-7 forward, Arizona: Based on most big boards, the Pacers reached with Hill. The 22-year-old was a first-team All Pac-12 member as a junior and senior, and his versatility will do wonders for the Pacers defense. He's ready to play right away and may help with depth if the Pacers decide to move forward without Danny Granger.

2 (53). Colton Iverson (traded to Boston)