The 2013 NBA Draft was held on June 27, 2013, at Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York. National Basketball Association teams took turns selecting amateur U.S. college basketball players and other eligible players, including international players. The lottery took place on May 21, 2013. This was the first draft for New Orleans under their new Pelicans name after playing as the New Orleans Hornets previously. It would also be the last draft for the Charlotte Bobcats under their old name, as they will go back to playing under their old Hornets moniker that they last used in 2002 once the 2013–14 NBA season is over.
Highlights of the draft included the first Canadian number one selection, the first Canadian pair of lottery picks, the first Iranian draft choice, and the last first round draft selections announced by then-NBA commissioner David Stern, the very last of which included a visit by Hakeem Olajuwon, Stern's first pick he ever announced back in 1984. He will be replaced by current commissioner Adam Silver beginning with the 2014 NBA draft.