Blazers have done well in NBA Rookie Surveys: Part II (2013)

A look back at the 2013 NBA Rookie Survey shows that — for the second year in a row — a lot of young players thought highly of the Portland Trail Blazers.

Last Wednesday, we looked over the 2018 NBA Rookie Survey. We learned that first-year NBA ballers think highly of the Portland Trail Blazers’ Gary Trent Jr. and Jusuf Nurkic.

Then we followed that up with a Thursday post looking back at the 2012 NBA Rookie Survey, which featured Damian Lillard, Meyers Leonard and former Blazer Will Barton.

Now we’re gonna take a look at the 2013 NBA Rookie Survey, which featured a young man named CJ McCollum.

Featured him a lot, actually.

Former Blazer Allen Crabbe also makes a cameo in this one.

2013 NBA Draft

The Blazers actually had four picks in the 2013 NBA Draft, which they used to select McCollum (10th overall), Jeff Withey (39th overall), Grant Jerrett (40th) and Marko Todorovic (45th).

Crabbe was chosen in the second round (31st overall) by the Cleveland Cavaliers, then traded to Portland on draft night.

The Cavs also had the first pick in the 2013 draft, which they used to select Anthony Bennett, the first Canadian ever selected first in the NBA draft. He’s considered one of the biggest draft busts in history.

Victor Oladipo was the second overall pick by the Orlando Magic.

Blazers in 2013 NBA Rookie Survey

In the 2013 NBA Rookie Survey, the following Blazers were featured.

Question: Who will be the 2013-14 Rookie of the Year?

McCollum and Oladipo tied for first with 24.2 percent of the vote. The eventual winner of the ROY award was Michael-Carter Williams, who finished in the “others receiving votes category: of the Rookie Survey.

Question: Which rookie will have the best career?

McCollum finished third in this category (15.2 percent). Oladipo tied Gonzaga’s Kelly Olynyk for first place (18.2 percent).

Question: Which rookie is being most overlooked?

Crabbe finished tied for fifth in this one (5.7 percent). McCollum was in the “others receiving votes” category.

Question: Which rookie is the best shooter?

McCollum tied Tony Snell for third (13.9 percent). Crabbe was tied for sixth (5.6 percent) with Erik Murphy.

Question: Which rookie is the best playmaker?

A whole host of players tied for third in this category, including McCollum, Isaiah Canaan, Shane Larkin and Peyton Siva.

That’s it for the 2013 NBA Rookie Survey!

Stay tuned for our next installment, in which we skip to 2015, since Portland didn’t have any draft picks in 2014.