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Who is #1?

Posted on 28. Jun, 2013 by in NBA

With the 2013 NBA Draft happening tonight it is the first time in almost a decade when experts and fans alike cannot seem to determine whom the #1 overall selection will be.  In fact, many believe that there are as many as 6 players who could be the top pick which is currently owned by the Cleveland Cavaliers.  These players are Nerlens Noel, Alex Len, Ben Mclemore, Victor Oladipo, Cody Keller and Otto Porter.  All of these players had outstanding seasons last year for their respective schools.

The two most prominent names being thrown around for the #1 pick are Noel and Len who are both dominating big men but as well are coming off of surgeries (Noel’s ACL, Len’s ankle) which has several teams showing hesitation at selecting them.  Noel was the top prospect last season and showed tremendous potential as a defensive juggernaut until he unfortunately tore his ACL in his knee while blocking a shot against the University of Florida.  Mclemore to many has the most overall potential as he starred at the University of Kansas last season and was the teams leading scorer as a freshman playing with 4 seniors.  Oladipo and Otto Porter both had stupendous junior seasons and furthermore appear to be among the most intelligent and savvy players in the field as Oladipo was a great two-way player starring both offensively and defensively as well as Porter who won Big East Conference player of the year last season.  Oladipo’s teammate at Indiana, sophomore Cody Zeller, is a great prospect as a center who can hit a mid range jumpshot as well as runs the court very well and his brother, Tyler, currently plays for the Cleveland Cavaliers.

Regardless of who gets drafted where tonight, their impact cannot properly be gauged until at least a few years into their professional careers.

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