NBA Rumors: Breaking Down Hottest Buzz Throughout the Association

Ryan RudnanskySenior Writer IJune 20, 2013

GREENSBORO, NC - MARCH 16:  Alex Len #25 of the Maryland Terrapins goes up for a dunk against the North Carolina Tar Heels during the semifinals of the Men's ACC Basketball Tournament at Greensboro Coliseum on March 16, 2013 in Greensboro, North Carolina.  (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)
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The chatter is growing louder leading up to the 2013 NBA draft on June 27.

That includes buzz surrounding what the Cleveland Cavaliers will do with the No. 1 overall pick.

The Cavaliers selected Kyrie Irving in the 2011 draft and that seemed to work out for them. He's already been named an All-Star.

But will the Cavaliers go with a big man or a small forward? If they go with a big man, which one will it be?

Here's a look at the latest rumors throughout the Association, complete with analysis.


What Will Cavaliers Do With No. 1 Overall Pick?

Until recently, it's been widely assumed that Nerlens Noel would be the No. 1 overall pick in the draft.

But there's been a lot of chatter lately about Cleveland not being sold on the Kentucky big man.

Jason Lloyd of the Akron Beacon Journal wrote on Wednesday:

Most mock drafts around the country project the Cavs to select Noel, but sources within the organization seem cool on him. Noel played in just 24 games because of a left knee injury his freshman year and his offensive skills are limited. He has spent time during his rehab working on his shooting.

Joe Kotoch of wrote on Tuesday:

According to sources, the Cleveland Cavaliers – if the draft were held today – would select Alex Len with the top pick. The Cavs believe he is the best fit long-term alongside Kyrie Irving.

While it may be surprising if Alex Len is drafted this high, it's not out of the question. He's largely regarded as one of the best big men in the draft right now and—if the Cavaliers feel he's the better fit—why not?

Len doesn't offer the same potential on the defensive end of the floor as Noel, but he sports a more well-rounded game, solid offensively and defensively. He's also a good rebounder and passer.

It doesn't shock me that Noel may drop. What does surprise me is the Cavaliers appear to be leaning toward Len instead of Georgetown small forward Otto Porter, who I believe is the better prospect and would fit nicely alongside Kyrie Irving and Dion Waiters.


Rudy Gobert's Range in the Draft

Chris Haynes of tweeted on Thursday:

The Sacramento Kings hold the No. 7 overall pick this year, while the Utah Jazz hold the No. 21 overall pick.

I've had Gobert going to the Atlanta Hawks for a while now. They are in rebuilding mode and they can afford to wait for the big man to develop. 

As far as Gobert's game, it's not a mystery why teams have shown interest. He's 7''2", he has an enormous wingspan of 7'9", and he's long, explosive and athletic. He's already a very impressive rebounder.

Of course, Gobert's post game will have to develop considerably to make a significant impact in the NBA. He also needs to add strength, at 238 pounds.


Ben McLemore Sliding?

Ben McLemore is one of the most talented players in this draft. He has the potential to be an All-Star, given his scoring ability and disruptive length on defense.

But, according to Chad Ford of, the 20-year-old could slip out of the top five, despite his wealth of talent.

McLemore's workout wasn't on par in Phoenix, according to Ford. He showed a lack of conditioning in drills. He also refused to compete against prospects Victor Oladipo and Shabazz Muhammad, per Ford. It doesn't help that McLemore is in a bit of a feud with adviser Rodney Blackstock and his agency Rivals, keeping him out of the gym.

You add in McLemore's inconsistency last season at Kansas, as well as some concerns that he has trouble creating his own shot (kind of sounds like Harrison Barnes' scouting report last year, doesn't it?), and it wouldn't be a surprise if he fell on draft day.


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