What Happened To Every Player Drafted Above Steven Adams

 

What Happened To Every Player Drafted Above Steven Adams

You won’t believe where these 11 players are that were drafted above steven adams!!!

Steven Adams was drafted with the 12th overall selection in the in the 2013 NBA draft. In today’s video, we are going to be talking about all 11 players that were drafted ahead of him and talk about how their careers ended up. Where they with one team their whole career, or bounce around to numerous teams? Did they win a championship? Stick around to find out which player was the most successful and to see who was drafted number one overall!

Drafted right before him at number 11 overall was Michael Carter Williams. Carter-Williams was ranked as one of the best point guards coming out of the draft. He was so highly ranked that the Philadelphia 76ers thought that he would be worth the lottery selection. His first season was one to remember, he averaged 16.7 points, 6.2 rebounds and 6.3 assists per game in order to be named the NBA Rookie of the Year. The only other rookies in NBA history to average those stats were Oscar Robertson and Magic Johnson. Everybody thought that he was going to be generational at the guard position and sadly it didn’t work out like that. Carter-Williams remained a solid role player the next couple of years but couldn’t take that next step forward. He had shoulder surgery during his second season and was later traded to the Milwaukee Bucks for a year. He started hot before suffering an ankle injury, holding him out a couple of games before losing his starting spot. Williams was later flipped over to the Chicago Bulls in exchange for Tony Snell. He didn’t spend much time there before heading to the Charlotte Hornets in free agency. It looked like a great opportunity before he tore a ligament in his shoulder, missing the season and heading to the Houston Rockets next year. That same year he was traded once again, this time to the Orlando Magic, where he has gotten some decent playing time and is consistently in the rotation. While he wasn’t the All-Pro player we were anticipating after his rookie season, Williams has still provided value across a number of different teams despite injuries.

The tenth overall selection was CJ McCollum out of Lehigh. McCollum was selected by the Portland Trail Blazers and became the very first player to be drafted out of a private school. McCollum took a bit in order to fit in with the current roster but has since then developed a dynamic duo with backcourt mate Damian Lillard. The two have been able to make the playoffs countless times but can’t seem to get themselves over the hump and into the NBA Finals. They have made the Western Conference Finals once but were swept by the Golden State Warriors. Surprisingly, McCollum hasn’t ever been selected to the All-Star game yet in his career, which wouldn’t be the case if he spent some time over in the Eastern Conference. McCollum has spent his whole career with the Trail Blazers and is locked in for the next couple of years also. There have been trade rumors surrounding him, but nothing has been solidified just yet. McCollum was also just elected as the president of the National Basketball Players Association, taking over for Chris Paul who ran it since 2013.

Heading into the ninth selection we have Trey Burke out of Michigan. Burke is another player from this class that has bounced around teams a good bit. People expected him to go number one overall if the team with the top pick needed a point guard. However, the Minnesota Timberwolves drafted him and traded that pick to the Utah Jazz. He had a solid rookie year and was third in Rookie of the Year voting. He did get named to the NBA All-Rookie first team though. He spent two more average seasons with the team before being traded to the Washington Wizards. Burke hit his career high in points with Washington but wanted to leave the team that offseason. He actually came to an agreement with the Oklahoma City Thunder that year but changed his mind and remained a free agent. That gamble didn’t really pay off as he then spent time playing for the New York Knicks G-League roster. He was the G-League performer of the month numerous times and was signed to the Knicks official roster the next year. He was a solid rotational player for New York, but the team went a different direction, trading him to the Dallas Mavericks in the massive Kristaps Porzingis deal. Burke later signed with the Philadelphia 76ers that offseason and after just half a season he was cut from the team. This resulted in him resigning with the Mavericks, where he remains today. He was resigned last year and should be locked into the roster for a little while. His scoring talent is still incredible, and he provides a spark no matter where he goes.

Number eight was Kentavious Caldwell-Pope. Everybody should be aware of who Caldwell-Pope is by now. Pope was drafted to the Detroit Pistons and was doing well before he got hit with a charge due to him drunk driving. That little incident allowed the Pistons to feel good about letting him walk when his rookie contract was up, when he signed with the Los Angeles Lakers. He wasn’t ever a superstar but was definitely a needed role player, being one of the best three-point shooters on the floor at all times. He even won a championship with LeBron James and Anthony Davis just two years ago and will always be remembered for wearing an ankle monitor during a game. This past offseason he was traded to the Washington Wizards in the Russell Westbrook trade and could remain a significant role player despite all the memes against him.

The seventh overall selection was used on Ben McLemore. McLemore is another player in this class who sadly bounced around teams despite an incredible ability to knock down three-point shots. The Sacramento Kings took the chance on him in this draft and held onto him for four seasons. He did get his rookie contract extended one year but eventually left the team on his own terms. He signed with the Memphis Grizzlies on a multiyear deal. He didn’t get as much player time as he had hoped in those two years, being sent to the G-League at one point that year. It eventually resulted in him being traded right back to the Kings. The only problem was that they waived him a couple of months later. He went to the Houston Rockets instead and had a few incredible games before again being waived in the offseason. Now we head towards the present, as McLemore spent last year as a member of the Los Angeles Lakers to provide much needed outside shooting. He played his role perfectly late in the year and got a new contract with the Portland Trail Blazers because of it. Hopefully he can continue to reinvent himself in this league and become a solid rotational player. The number one overall pick in the draft had a lot less luck when it came to the NBA, be sure to stick around and find out who that is!

Coming in at number six was Nerlens Noel. Noel was drafted to the New Orleans Pelican but had his draft rights sent over to the Philadelphia 76ers. He missed his entire rookie year after having knee surgery but then came back and had a phenomenal season with the team. He had another great one after that but suffered yet another huge setback due to injury. It was then that the organization finally traded him to the Dallas Mavericks. He played well but later got suspended for five games after violating the Anti-Drug program. He didn’t have many free agent options but went over to the Oklahoma City Thunder and helped them make the playoffs in consecutive years. His value boosted back up after his stint there and he signed a one year prove it deal with the Knicks in the 2020 offseason. As we know, the Knicks made the playoffs this past year and Noel was locked into a three-year, $32 million deal with the team.

The fifth pick in the draft was Alex Len and it was made by the Phoenix Suns. He was the second international born player to be drafted into the NBA and missed the majority of his rookie year after fracturing his ankle. When he came back, he fractured his finger and was held out almost all of training camp. The hits kept coming though, he refractured that same finger when the season started and didn’t return until the third month of the year. As you can expect from this pattern, Len was injured a couple of more times that same season and after two more years with the Suns, he became a restricted free agent. The Suns resigned him that year but later let him walk to the Atlanta Hawks on a two-year deal. He was nothing more than a solid veteran presence and a role player those years and was later traded to the Kings. This is going to a mouthful, but he then made stops with the Toronto Raptors, Wizards and again with the Kings.

Heading down to the fourth overall pick. Cody Zeller. Zeller was never a superstar caliber player, but he always shows up and gets the job done for his team. He was drafted by the Charlotte Bobcats, who are now known as the Hornets, and spent his entire career there. Up until this past season, when he signed a deal with the Portland Trail Blazers. For a player that never popped off the stat sheet, he signed a $54 million deal at one point in his career.

Next is the third overall selection, Otto Porter to the Washington Wizards. Porter had himself one hell of a career with the Wizards, forming a trio of John Wall and Bradley Beal and making the playoffs on numerous occasions. Sadly, he was traded away to the Chicago Bulls in 2019, where the spent the next two seasons. He never really made much of an impact outside of a 37-point explosion back in February. A couple of months after he had that game he got traded again to the Orlando Magic. He didn’t spend much time there and really wasn’t involved in the game plan for the remainder of the season. This was when he decided to sign a new deal with the Golden State Warriors, with the hopes of taking his career to the next level this upcoming season.

Then we have the number two overall pick. Victor Oladipo. Oladipo was drafted by the Orlando Magic and quickly emerged as a top player in the class. He suffered a couple of injuries and slowed down a small bit which resulted in the team surprisingly trading him to the Oklahoma City Thunder. He only spent one year with the team before again being traded to the Indiana Pacers with Domantas Sabonis in exchange for Paul George. There he started to truly emerge as a superstar in the league. He took the Pacers to new heights before suffering a ruptured quad tendon. He remained in and out of the lineup for the next few years and was traded to the Houston Rockets. He wanted to sit out the year but got some playing time when he chose to come back. He clearly wasn’t a good fit there and wanted to get traded to the Miami Heat, where they eventually sent him. He is still trying to get back on track from that injury.

Finally, we have the top overall selection and his name is Anthony Bennett. Bennett was thought of as the best player in the draft and was selected by the Cleveland Cavaliers. He started off really slow and the team grew too impatient with him. After just one disappointing year, they chose to trade him to the Minnesota Timberwolves. He lasted just one year and signed with the Raptors right after. Once again, he didn’t last another year and signed with the Brooklyn Nets. That was when everybody started to give up on him and unfairly so. He really never got an opportunity to develop somewhere and was rushed no matter where he went. Sadly, he is out of the league now and playing basketball for the Israeli Basketball Premier League.

That does it for this video on the 11 players that were drafted ahead of Steven Adams back in the 2013 draft class. If you enjoyed this video, be sure to leave a like and subscribe for more content just like this! Check out 6 heated Steven Adams moments next!

 

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