Although there’s a Kentucky center projected to go first overall for the second year in a row, this year’s draft is much more uncertain than the 2012 edition. The Cavs (or whichever team ends up getting Nerlens Noel) are hoping this year’s 7-footer is more Anthony Davis than Sam Bowie. Noel is coming off of an ACL injury in February which prematurely ended his freshman season, and some mock drafts have 7'1" Alex Len of Maryland going first overall to Cleveland.
This draft is considered to have a couple players who have a chance to make an immediate impact—including Georgetown swingman Otto Porter and UNLV forward Anthony Bennett—as well the diminutive point guard Trey Burke, who made headlines with his Naismith Award win and NCAA Tournament heroics. Then there's guard C.J. McCollum, a point guard/shooting guard hybrid from Lehigh University who keyed the Mountain Hawks' run in 2012 (and win over Duke in the NCAA Tournament) before missing most of this year due to injury.
Other than Noel, Indiana shooting guard Victor Oladipo is making the most headlines in this year’s draft. The 6'4" guard impressed many with his improved shooting range this past season, in addition to his blazing speed, undeniable athleticism and top-notch defensive skills. Kansas' Ben Mclemore, who impressed college fans all year with his skill sets but hasn't perhaps had the best pre-draft workouts.
Nobody knows for sure yet which big man will be the top pick to play alongside Kyrie Irving in Cleveland, and how the rest of the draft will shake out from that point on. But this live blog will be tracking the action all night long as the fortunes of all 30 teams for the next few years, for better or for worse…
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