Monday, May 27th, 2013 at 10:00 am  |  33 responses

Nerlens Noel Says He Should be the Top NBA Draft Pick

Despite concerns about his knee holding him out until Christmas, Nerlens Noel still thinks he should be the number one selection in this summer’s NBA Draft. Per USA Today: “At Kentucky, Noel averaged 10.5 points on 59% shooting 9.5 rebounds and 4.4 blocks in 24 games. He tore the anterior cruciate ligament of his left knee on February 12, but he showed glimpses of greatness when he was healthy. He blocked 13.2% of opponents’ shots and for much of the year was on pace to break Davis’ NCAA record for most blocks in a season. The freshman performed well under pressure and thinks it prepared him for the next chapter of his life. [...] Most scouts felt Noel had the most potential of any draft prospect before he was hurt, and when it happened, his stock didn’t drop much. Cleveland picked a center, Tyler Zeller, in the first round of last year’s draft, but 23-year-old Zeller doesn’t have Noel’s upside. Noel just turned 19 in April and is one of the few players in this class who could eventually become a star player. When Noel is asked if he can become one the league’s best players, there’s no hesitation. ‘I definitely feel that way,’ Noel said. ‘I know it will take a lot of work, but I definitely want to put the time and work in to be one of the top players in the NBA. That’s a dream come true and I’ll definitely take advantage of it so I definitely feel that I can become one of them and reach my full potential.’ Noel considers himself a defensive-oriented player. When he first started playing for a travel team as a child, he was only concerned with shutting down the opposition. In high school, he once blocked 22 shots in a single game. Growing up, he emulated Kevin Garnett because of his defense and intensity. ‘I definitely feel that I can be [the best defender in the league],’ Noel said. ‘I have to do a lot of work and make sure I bring it every night, but I think I can get there.’ Cleveland desperately needs interior defense since they averaged the second-fewest blocks in the NBA last season with just 4.07 per game. Noel would instantly help the Cavaliers in that category and he would join the team’s young core, developing alongside fellow lottery picks Kyrie Irving, Tristan Thompson and Dion Waiters. Noel doesn’t feel his injury should keep him from being the top pick. ‘I definitely feel that I’m still suitable for the [No. 1 pick],’ Noel said. ‘I’m 100% confident that I can not only get back to [where] I was at, but get stronger and come back better.’”

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  • http://twitter.com/Jzakoni D dot Sanchez

    whats the upscale on this kid? truly tho

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  • esmooth

    if i was the gm for cavs,you cant past a sg like ben mclemore he is a closest to become a star, you cant turn down a chance to have a star sg in this league that doesnt come around often,there are a few star scoring sgs in this league who can give you a 20 point a game in this league. SG is one of the weakest position in the league with centers, noels too risky with a franchise who needs to turn around soon whos been in a slump for this past couple of years. If they want a big i say go with cody zeller. they need a scoring low post presence they have andersen and tristan who gaves you defense somewhat.Zeller is the closest to a cheap version of lamarcus aldridge who they try to get and if they dont get can have.

  • Redd

    Biggest question.

    A better Reggie Evans perhaps?

  • Respect

    He didn’t even look like a #1 pick before the injury

  • LLC#12

    Imagine if they had drafted Barnes over Waiters last year. That’s no knock on Waiters by any means, but he isn’t the sg that McLemore is. Barnes at the 3, McLemore at the 2, Irving at the 1 with whoever at the 4 and 5 would be a lot of fun to watch. I’ll admit, a big factor in this comment is that I’m not really convinced by Noel.

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    Realistically…..Tyson Chandler

  • Caboose

    I’d put him closer to Ben Wallace

  • spit hot fiyah

    definitely a skinnier reggie evans

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    Yeah, the 6’9″ Center who did his defensive damage with strength and hustle?

  • spit hot fiyah

    his waist is about the same circumference as big ben’s bicep

  • Caboose


  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    What in the world are you talking about then? Noel is closer to Dikembe Mutombo then Ben Wallace. He’s never played as hard as Wallace played at any point in his life…..and he’s got about as opposite a physique as a center can have compared to Wallace.

  • GMR

    Well, he’s about 6 inches shorter than Dikembe and probably has about 5% of his basketball knowledge…Dikembe played 4 years under JT and graduated with a double major…Nerlens played 3 months for a D-1 aau coach and – I’ll give him the benefit of the doubt on this one – probably took 6 college classes. Noel going #1 overall (or top-3 period) just shows you how watered down the NBA, and it’s draft classes, have become.

  • playa

    10,5 ppg as a probable no.1 pick + from what i read this is not about just numbers,his whole offensive skill set is meh, i dont know about this guy..

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    How tall are you under the impression hat Dikembe is? Noel is a seven footer with shoes on. Dikembe wasn’t 7’6″.
    And I didn’t say he was Dikembe, I said he was closer to that than to Wallace.

  • LP @ThisisEther

    they drafted a SG last year pretty high…drafting another SG would be a bad situation….decisions decisions…

  • http://kennymasenda.blogspot.com kmasenda

    At best (and I mean absolute best), he can be Marcus Camby. Put together a 15+ year career, lead the league in blocks a few times. If he can turn into that, I’d say that would make him more than successful.

  • Max

    Big Ben was so awesome.

  • GMR

    Dikembe is 7’4″ maybe 7’5″ and I’m not under the impression, I know for a fact. Noel is 6’10 with out shoes, making it a difference of about 6 inches. Flat tops don’t increase your actual height.

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    Dikembe is 7’2″ dude. And that’s with shoes on.

  • Anthony Darnello Taylor Jr.

    NBK dont be messing around with these boys lol serving’em like rush hour at Mickey D’s

  • singe_101

    Give him Alonzo Gee’s minutes, an average player.

  • anonymous

    7’5?!!! lol have you seen the GEICO commercial…no chance.

  • Bandwagonfan

    They got varejao at 5

  • http://twitter.com/Esquire_J Esquire J


  • Sajjatam Tp Kulsomboon

    Portland Drafted Clyde Drexler the year before 1984, so they decided not to take MJ. I am not saying McLemore is MJ, but this logic doesn’t always work that way.

  • Deezleeee

    10 points and 9 rebounds?. Pick 21 ya little upstart

  • http://twitter.com/Jzakoni D dot Sanchez

    i can see this

  • http://twitter.com/Jzakoni D dot Sanchez

    no way!

  • esmooth

    gms and owners tend to draft towards to the team,but when you are really high in the draft,you cant look at the roster anymore mostly you are that high for a reason and that reason is your team lacks talent or sucks…you can never have too much talent on a team nowadays…players are willing you to take paycut just to win look at the heats….so they be said just because you have a sg doesnt mean hes going pan out in the league…he could get hurt or not produce god forbid….so they should draft the best pick which is ben mclemore and add more talent on that team which needs it….we are not taking about the clippers or heats or okc….this is the cavs….they need as much talent they can get and they can worry bout filling in spots through free agent which vets….thats what mess alot of teams up which them forcing themselves to draft the best player in one certain position even if the class for it is weak.

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