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.
— Chris Sheridan (@sheridanhoops) June 23, 2013
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.
Report: T-Wolves and Cavaliers have discussed a potential trade for the #1 overall pick.
— NBA Legion (@MySportsLegion) June 24, 2013
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