Originally written on Crossover Chronicles  |  Last updated 11/19/14
When we look back on this 2013 NBA Draft, there are a couple highlights that will come to mind… Anthony Bennett going No. 1 overall to Cleveland, that tiny Boston Celtics hat sitting aloft Lucas “Bebe” Nogueira’s stellar afro, and Hakeem Olajuwon’s gracing the draft stage and embracing the outgoing David Stern as the commish made his final selection call of his 30-year reign. Through it all, an international flare truly dominated the 2013 NBA Draft leaving Stern’s impact on the global game of the NBA one of his lasting legacies. For what was projected to be a weak draft actually presented a chance for some young European and international players to steal the show. And they did. Heck, Bennett is from Canada. Maryland’s Alex Len (No. 5 to Phoenix) is a native of the Ukraine. Steven Adams (No. 12 to OKC) represents New Zealand (by way of Pittsburgh), Kelly Olynyk of Gonzaga was the second Canadian selected (No. 13 to Dallas, then traded to Boston) and Gorgui Dieng’s roots rest in Senegal, as the Louisville big man was taken in the mid-first round (No. 21 by Utah, traded to Minnesota). And that is not even detailing the actual international selections of the first round and how the second round played out too. First Round #15 Milwaukee -- Giannis Adetokunbo (Greece) #16 Boston, traded to Atlanta -- Lucas Nogueira (Brazil) #17 Atlanta -- Dennis Schroeder (Germany) #19 Cleveland -- Sergey Karasev (Russia) #27 Denver -- Rudy Gobert (France) #28 San Antonio -- Livio Jean-Charles (France) #30 Phoenix, traded to Golden State -- Nemanja Nedovic (Serbia) Second Round #32 OKC -- Alex Abrines (Spain) #45 Portland -- Marko Todorovic (Montenegro) #47 Atlanta -- Raul Neto (Brazil) #55 Memphis -- Joffrey Lauvergne (France) #59 Minnesota -- Bojan Dubljevic (Montenegro) #60 Memphis -- Janis Timma (Latvia) Six international players were selected in the second round -- seven with the Iranian born and University of Oregon alum, Arsalan Kazemi (No. 54 to Washington) -- leaving the overall internationally at 19. 19! These selections are also a testament to the NBA's Basketball Without Borders program, and international player showcases like the Nike Hoop Summit and the adidas Eurocamp. Even down to Stern lastly announcing the Phoenix Suns had taken athletic Serbian guard, Nemanja Nedovic with the 30th overall pick and Deputy Commissioner Adam Silver closing the draft show with Memphis selecting Janis Timma of Latvia, the 2013 NBA Draft will be forever internationally known.  [follow]
GET THE YARDBARKER APP:
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45
MORE FROM YARDBARKER

Bryce Harper calls Andrelton Simmons' slide a 'B.S. play'

Kirk Gibson diagnosed with Parkinson's Disease

Kevin Love likely out for remainder of playoffs

NFL fines Jets $100K for tampering with Revis

Report: Ray Rice getting 'legititmate interest' from teams

LIKE WHAT YOU SEE?
GET THE DAILY NEWSLETTER:

Orioles game postponed for second consecutive day

NFL Draft hopeful Ray arrested before biggest day of his life

Goodell expects DeflateGate report's release 'soon'

J.R. Smith promises to be better person, player after suspension

The importance of the Clippers' bench against the Spurs

Trading up for QB in first round is a risky proposition

WATCH: Ray Lewis gives fiery speech about Baltimore riots

Some early season observations that could hold true all year

Tampa Bay Buccaneers GM: 'Everything is for sale'

Tampa restaurant offers Jameis Winston free crab legs

J.J. Watt writes note for fan to get out of work for charity event

Orioles VP reacts to Baltimore protests with passionate tweets

Should the Warriors be worried about extended rest?

WATCH: Paul Pierce bangs glass at Capitals-Islanders Game 7

Jon Jones turns himself into police, facing felony charge

Report: Brady was at stadium day of White House visit

Arkansas has leather belt to commemorate Texas Bowl win

John Angelos, Orioles got it right with Freddie Gray protest

All Sports News
Delivered to your inbox
You'll also receive Yardbarker's daily Top 10, featuring the best sports stories from around the web. Customize your newsletter to get articles on your favorite sports and teams. And the best part? It's free!

By clicking "Sign Me Up", you have read and agreed to the Fox Sports Digital Privacy Policy and Terms of Use. You can opt out at any time. For more information, please see our Privacy Policy.
the YARDBARKER app
Get it now!
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45

Kirk Gibson diagnosed with Parkinson's Disease

Bucs GM: 'Everything is for sale'

Tampa restaurant offers Jameis Winston free crab legs

Hamilton: Angels knew the risks

Jon Jones turns himself into police, facing felony charge

MLB could move Orioles’ home games

Duke takes over as the No. 1 recruiting class

Titans have been 'all over' Mariota?

Doc Rivers tore into Clippers after loss

Worst picks ever by every NFL franchise

Report: Cowboys not in on Peterson

NFL Draft 2015: Ranking the QBs

Today's Best Stuff
For Bloggers

Join the Yardbarker Network for more promotion, traffic, and money.

Company Info
Help
What is Yardbarker?

Yardbarker is the largest network of sports blogs and pro athlete blogs on the web. This site is the hub of the Yardbarker Network, where our editors and algorithms curate the best sports content from our network and beyond.