Report: Cleveland Cavaliers to target Nerlens Noel
A report from ESPN’s Chad Ford would indicate that the Cleveland Cavaliers, winners of the 2013 NBA draft lottery, still consider Kentucky big man, Nerlens Noel, as the best player in the 2013 NBA draft, despite chatter of teams passing on Noel due to his season-ending ACL injury last season.
Noel has long been regarded as the most talented player coming out of this draft class, a class many would describe as weak. Many believe Noel has the length and athletic ability to supply any drafting him with an immediate impact on rebounding and shot-blocking, as well as an unknown offensive ceiling. Noel has been described as rough around the edges, as many became aware of during his 24-game stint with the Wildcats last season.
Via Chad Ford:
The Cavs are on the clock with the No. 1 pick. Sources say that Kentucky center Nerlens Noel remains atop their team Big Board. However, Georgetown forward Otto Porter Jr. and Maryland center Alex Len are also in the mix….
Cavs general manager Chris Grant and his staff spent more time than anyone watching Noel this season, according to Kentucky head coach John Calipari. In fact, Grant recommended the surgeon, Dr. James Andrews, that Noel used for his ACL surgery. The Cavs also lean heavily on advanced metrics, and those numbers, regardless of the system, strongly favor Noel.
It was initially unknown what Noel’s knee injury would do to his draft stock, and the Cavaliers seemed relatively open to discussing deals for the number 1 overall pick, after acquiring it in the NBA’s draft lottery, but as we inch closer to the actual draft, we’re sure to see teams (the Cavaliers in the situation) start to take a better look at available prospects as they narrow down their list of potential impact players.