In this 2013 NBA Draft the consensus is that there is no superstar, so it’s not surprising that there’s a lot of movement. Prospects are going up and down boards with teams uncertain of who they like.
Let’s try and play catch up.
The Cleveland Cavaliers own the No. 1 overall selection in the draft, and most mock drafts have them taking Kentucky’s Nerlens Noel. But according to Terry Pluto of the Cleveland Plain Dealer, they aren’t set on Noel.
They’re still considering Alex Len, Otto Porter, Anthony Bennett and Ben McLemore.
It’s pretty amazing just how far McLemore, Porter, and Trey Burke have come in two years. McLemore and Porter were highly touted recruits, but none of the three were pegged as high draft picks coming into this year. Now all of them could go in the top 10.
Another potential surprise top 10 selection could be Pittsburgh’s Steven Adams. The raw 7-footer is being given a hard look by the Phoenix Suns who have the fifth pick.
The Suns are the highest picking team to work out Adams, who was pegged to go in the late teens due to his unpolished offensive game. The Suns reportedly want a big man with their top pick, and with Len’s rise Adams is the next choice.
Speaking of Len, he has really moved up boards as of late, or rather one in particular. A more skilled 7-footer, the Maryland product visits the Cavaliers next week according to the Cleveland Plain Dealer.
According to that same report, the Cavs are nervous about Noel’s balky knee history, and thus are giving Len a longer look. They also worked out Anthony Bennett this week for the same reasons.
Additionally, keep in mind that when Len and Noel matched up on November 9th, Len dominated Noel and fellow 7-footer Willie Cauley-Stein. Len put up 23 points, 12 rebounds and four blocks to Noel’s four points, nine rebounds and three blocks. Check out the highlights below.
According to Chad Ford, the Suns are also looking at Lehigh guard C.J. McCollom with the fifth pick.
Though he missed most of the 2012 campaign with a foot injury, he’s a deadly shooter and complete 2-guard. He was once a late teens projection by Chad Ford, but now rests comfortably around the top 10 and could go as high as five.
Another development that will shake up the order is Croatian Dario Saric withdrawing from the draft. Look for this to bump up players like UCLA's Shabazz Muhammad and Russian international Sergey Karasev.
Finally, a prospect to keep tabs on is Dennis Schroeder. The German point guard reportedly has a promise from the Celtics at 16.
These always create buzz in the NBA community, so don't be surprised if the ultra-quick international gets a little more love as the draft process progresses.