Just yesterday I was browsing some 2013 NBA mock drafts online, and I noticed a trend. Almost all of them had Kentucky freshman PF/C Nerlens Noel #1 overall. Now I don’t think he is a bad player, but I didn’t really see a reason for him to go #1 when there are much more talented offensive players available with as much upside. Alex Len, Cody Zeller, and Shabazz Muhammad all are more polished offensively at this point in their careers.
Either way, according to Chad Ford Noel is still the consensus #1 overall player:
“There just isn’t a player that’s out there that has his upside,” said Chad Ford, ESPN’s NBA draft analyst. “Nerlens isn’t like Anthony Davis last year where every person agreed … but to me he’s got the best shot of being the No. 1 pick. The majority of NBA guys that I speak to have him there.”
Noel is averaging 10.7 points, 9.0 rebounds, 3.9 blocks, 2.8 steals and 2.1 assists — numbers reminiscent of Davis’ effort over the first quarter of last season in Kentucky.
But despite his top prospect status, Noel will be one of the more debated 2013 picks because he has elite athleticism and a high motor for the game but lacks offensive versatility.
I want you to read the description of Noel’s game again and think if it reminds you of anyone currently in the league.
100 points if you thought of this guy: