The 2013 NBA Draft brought its fair share of surprises at the top of the lottery, the end of the first round and basically everywhere else. The frenzy of moves unfortunately meant some players that should have been picked instead went undrafted. Don't fret, though, as we've put together a list of the top undrafted players still available to latch on with an NBA team. Summer league is just around the corner and, with a strong performance there, anything can happen.
Being undrafted isn't necessarily a bad thing, by the way. The ten players listed below will now be able to choose the NBA team that offers them the best chance of making a roster next season rather than being pigeonholed to the one team that used their late second-round pick on a guy they're not entirely sure about.
Jackie Carmichael, Illinois State - Carmichael wasn't expected to be a first-round pick, but the rugged power forward should've been selected somewhere in the second round. His age and lack of polish on the offensive end held him back, but bigs with great motors that know how to rebound and finish above the rim usually find a way to make good money playing professional basketball.
C.J. Leslie, N.C State - Leslie was unable to work out for as many teams as he would've liked due to a hip injury, though most believed that was because the bouncy Wolfpack product had a promise to be drafted. That obviously wasn't the case, however, and now he'll have to prove that his explosiveness and solid array of offensive skills belong in the league.
Trevor Mbakwe, Minnesota - It has to be disappointing for Mbakwe to go undrafted after showing a lot of promise for the Golden Gophers. He suffered an injury that forced him to miss the majority of his senior season, but was able to get an extra year of eligibility in hopes of proving he was worth an NBA pick. It didn't turn out, but the undersized power forward should get chances during the summer league circuit.
Myck Kabongo, Texas - Canada likely should have seen three picks in Thursday night's draft. It remained at two (Anthony Bennett, Kelly Olynyk), however, because there were apparently too many questions regarding how Kabongo will translate to the next level. The 20-year-old sat out much of this season due to NCAA sanctions, but he was pretty solid when he did play and should get a chance at the next level.
Matthew Dellavedova, St. Mary's - The Aussie point guard made a ton of big shots and showcased his great passing and high basketball IQ on numerous occasions throughout his career. He likely wasn't ever a draft candidate for many teams due to his lack of athleticism, but he could prove his looks are deceiving by latching onto an NBA team this summer.
Jack Cooley, Notre Dame - Cooley was a longshot to get drafted as an undersized center, but the former Irish standout earned the right to be drafted with his college production and outstanding performance at the Portsmouth Invitational. Cooley should've been drafted due to his rebounding ability, the one skill statistically proven to translate best from college to the pros, but NBA teams apparently decided to look at the things he can't do rather than things he can do. Cooley averaged 14 rebounds at Portsmouth, following up on a senior season that saw him average a double-double of 13.1 points and 10.1 rebounds.
Phil Pressey, Missouri - Pressey was one of the best point guards in college and helped Missouri overachieve during his career there. Pressey's problem, though, is that he sometimes decided he should be a scorer instead of a facilitator. And since he is barely 6'0 tall, that obviously wasn't going to get him drafted. Pressey should have a chance to earn an NBA roster spot, but he'll have to stick to being a pure point guard instead of reverting to his inefficient scoring alter-ego.
B.J. Young, Arkansas - Young is the third player on this list thus far to leave school early only to listen to all 60 of Thursday night's picks without hearing his name called. Many believed he could've been a lottery pick if he was able to build on his freshman season, but the combo guard was much less efficient during his sophomore season and eventually didn't even start for the Razorbacks. He's shown he has talent, but needs to be more effective scoring to play at the next level.
D.J. Cooper, Ohio - Cooper was an excellent college player as a four-year starter at Ohio that never averaged under 13.5 points or 5.7 assists during an outstanding amateur career. Production isn't what kept him from being drafted, though -- it's because NBA teams just aren't as intrigued with sub-six-footers with any sort of flaw in their game. Cooper should get looks in Summer League, but it's going to be an uphill battle for him to make the NBA.
Richard Howell, N.C. State - It has to be disappointing to Wolfpack fans that neither Howell or the aforementioned Leslie was able to get drafted on Thursday night. Both have a good chance of showing up in training camp, though, as the undersized Howell's NBA strength and ability to rebound (10.9 rebounds this season, 3.7 on the offensive end) should make him a prime candidate.
Brandon Davies, BYU - Davies made more headlines off the court during his time at BYU, unfortunately, as he was the player suspended during the Jimmer Fredette era for violating the Mormon school's honor code for admitting to pre-marital sex with his girlfriend. Davies was able to move past that untimely incident, however, and turned in a very solid senior season for the Cougars with averages of 17.7 points and eight rebounds. He'll need to get stronger in the post and open up his offensive repertoire, but there's a solid chance Davies impresses someone this summer with his motor and solid rebounding instincts.
Seth Curry, Duke - Curry had the pedigree and name recognition that should've seen him get drafted. The undersized shooting guard without the athleticism to make up for it didn't get to hear his name called, however, and now it's on him to prove to the world he can follow in the success of his father and older brother.
Michael Snaer, Florida State - The Seminoles guard was likely hampered by being one of the older rookies in this year's class and his inability to really break out in Florida State's defensive-focused system. He's a long, athletic guard that can shoot though, and his ability to defend might surprise teams willing to give him a shot this summer.
Brandon Paul, Illinois - Paul had a lot put on his shoulders early in his career with the Fighting Illini, but unfortunately he wasn't able to live up to the expectations put on him. That doesn't mean he wasn't a solid college player however, as his 16.6 points per game as a senior in a big conference is likely going to get him opportunities if he can prove he'll play hard when he gets the chance.
Vander Blue, Marquette - Blue was a surprise early-entrant into this year's draft, but it seemed as though he likely made the right decision after his breakout campaign that helped Marquette advance deep into the NCAA Tournament. His Cinderella story has been put on hold however, likely due to the limitations his jumper puts on his offensive repertoire.
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