It hasn’t even been two months, but the early returns on the 2013 NBA aren’t too good. For starters Lucos Noguiera and his locks are still playing over in Europe, leaving Robin Lopez to hold onto the wild hair crown without a challenger. Giannis Antetokounmpo has produced a few highlight plays in his limited minutes, and at times looks like he could be a game changer down the line. The effort he puts in is always apparent though, even when the skills might not be. MCW, Oladipo, and recently Trey Burke have been productive for their teams and look to provide an entertaining ROY race. Outside of those guys those, and more specifically Oladipo and MCW it’s hard to find a much to get excited about. Some is a result of injuries (Burke, Noel, Porter, McCollum) over eating (Bennett) and poor play (Muhammed & Zeller). The 2013 Lottery has the potential to rival the 2000 Lottery for producing the fewest players, which was a Golden Corral Buffet of bad players. To refresh, the lottery picks in 2000 were Kenyon Martin, Stromile Swift, Darius Miles, Marcus Fizer, Mike Miller, DeMarr Johnson, Chris Mihm, Jamal Crawford, Joel Przybilla, Keyon Dooling, Jerome Moiso, Etan Thomas, and Courtney Alexander. Those 13 players produced a total of 1 all star appearance by Martin in 2004. As of today the only players remaining in the league are Martin, Miller, and Crawford. This past draft already appears to be better though with both Oladipo and MCW looking like at the very least solid players for a good team. But the gap between those two plus Trey Burke and the other lottery selections is pretty wide right now. Again it’s still very very very early, but from reading various things around the league it sounds like there is some cause for concern.
Here are the combined stats for MCW and Oladipo through games played on the 12/8
And here are the combined stats of everyone else that was in the lottery, which includes Anthony Bennett, Otto Porter Jr, Cody Zeller, Alex Len, Ben McLemore, Trey Burke, Kentavious Caldwell-Pope, Steven Adams, Kelly Olynyk, and Shabazz Muhammed, along with injured players C.J. McCollum and Nerlens Noel who have yet to play this year.