Tuesday marks the 2013 NBA Draft Lottery. Which way the ping pong balls bounce will have a significant role in the future of the league’s lottery teams – as well as the teams who elect to trade into the lottery.
Some general managers and executives around the league feel that there is not a player worthy of the number one pick.
Though there is no consensus number one pick this year, Nerlens Noel boasts strong odds to hear his name called first on draft night.
Noel tore his ACL in February, when he ran into the basket support, trying to block a layup from behind.
The silver lining for a team fortunate enough to be in position to land the top pick, could be a high pick in the 2014 draft.
The 2014 class is loaded, featuring potential studs such as Andrew Wiggins, Jabari Parker, Julius Randle and Marcus Smart.
A team with the patience to draft Noel and let him heal – as of right now, scheduled to return around Christmas – might be landing an all-star big man. But better yet, the team could put itself in a prime position to pair Noel with one of the aforementioned studs of the 2014 class.
A chance to land not one but two all-stars, certainly increases the value of selecting Noel.
While he certainly has his knocks – size, weight, offensive skill set, etc., – seeing this potential scenario unfold is well-worth the risk for quite a few of the team’s in position to get this year’s number one pick…looking at you Charlotte, Orlando and Phoenix.
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