NBA Draft 2013: Nerlens Noel or Alex Len?

Nov 9, 2012; Brooklyn, NY, USA; Kentucky Wildcats forward Nerlens Noel (3) drives through Maryland Terrapins center Alex Len (25) during the first half of the game at the Barclays Center Classic held at Barclays Center. Mandatory Credit: Anthony Gruppuso-USA TODAY Sports

Barring any unforseeable events, it appears that the No. 1 pick of the 2013 NBA Draft will come down to Nerlens Noel or Alex Len.

That’s the dilemma — or blessing — that the Cleveland Cavs have before them heading into Thursday night. We’ve heard the reports of them flip-flopping between both big men, the newest rumor has them taking Maryland center Alex Len.

But what is really going to happen when the Cavs officially go on the clock? Who knows. It’s really a toss-up.

Reports have indicated that the Minnesota Timberwolves are interested in that No. 1 spot.

A lot can happen between now and then, heck, we could even have a trade. But right now — from what we know — I find it extremely difficult to believe that the Cavs will pass-up on Noel.

Again, lots of reports are going to “come-out” between now and Thursday. Perhaps none are accurate, maybe they all are — to a certain extent, of course.

But one thing we do know is that it’s going to come down to Len and Noel.

WHY THE PICK SHOULD BE NOEL:

  • Athleticism, Shot-blocking and defense usually translates well in the NBA
  • He’s a legit 7-footer (pretty much)
  • Noel’s upside outmeasures Len’s upside

WHY THE PICK SHOULD BE LEN: 

  • Len already has a low post game — can contribute to a team right away
  • Noel’s recover might linger into the start of the season; Len’s isn’t expected
  • Len improved in every game he played at Maryland — before the injury

NOTE: Both projected No. 1 picks are recovering from injuries. Noel from a torn ACL, Len from a stress fracture. 

Ultimately, I think the pick should be Noel. The Kentucky center has an opportunity to be special. It won’t come over night — not even after a year — but if he wants it, he can have it.

SCIC mock No. 1 pick: The Cleveland Cavs select NERLENS NOEL

 

Topics: NBA, NBA Draft

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