Biggest Challengers to Nerlens Noel for No. 1 Pick in 2013 NBA Draft

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Biggest Challengers to Nerlens Noel for No. 1 Pick in 2013 NBA Draft
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Nerlens Noel is the clear-cut No. 1 pick, but who could challenge him?

The Cleveland Cavaliers own the No. 1 pick in the 2013 NBA draft, and most analysts expect them to select Nerlens Noel, the defensive whiz of a big man from Kentucky. 

However, Noel joining Kyrie Irving and LeBron James as No. 1 picks by the Cavs is anything but certain. Cleveland could trade the pick, or it could choose to select one of the challengers to Noel's spot atop the draft board. 

Noel might be the near-consensus No. 1, but there are still a number of challengers. Five of them, in fact. 

If the flat-topped big man were healthy, it would be a different story. However, his torn ACL—and his weight—keep him from losing the "near" part of that descriptor in the previous paragraph. 

Would you take Noel if you were in charge of the Cavs?

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