I've had McLemore at #1 for quite some time but just moved Noel in the top spot. I actually moved McLemore down to number 3 with Marcus Smart going ahead of him. I have been souring on McLemore throughout the season, and I don't like his shooting mechanics as much as everyone else. He really scares me as a #1 and for whatever reason don't think he will reach his immense potential. Noel is an incredible defender, not just a shot blocker, gets steals and disruptions with his extreme length, quick feet and can switch out on guards, and also has great potential. You always take a big over a small right?
I was wondering how many people had McLemore or Noel? Is it split down the middle or do a majority of people still have Ben? Did his stock change at all after the tourney?
Or someone else? I don't think it's crazy to make a case for Marcus Smart either. I would like to see him in Orlando with their young talent. If they land #1 I could see them doing that. I don't understand why everyone is talking about Smart playing a lot off the ball, I think he's a great PG and facilitator. Jason Kiddesque. Any love for Trey Burke at 1?.......Giannis? ha
In my opinion, it should be between McLemore and Noel for the 1st pick, depending on team fit. Maybe Oladipo if a team could really use him. The Bobcats need scoring, so McLemore would fit them best, but I think most teams could use Noel more, just because he is probably the top individual talent in the draft. I would not consider Smart. Honestly, I would take Trey Burke over Smart, who just doesn't have the instincts of a pure pg and takes too many bad shots.
Burke should be the first point guard taken in this draft...
Smart is real deal
Noel is such a risk, I can't believe he is legitimately the fave to go No.1 right now. Look at what's going on with Derrick Rose, you just don't know when you are getting him, and he is challenged offensively to begin with. I can't think of one draft in the last decade where even a healthy Nerlens Noel goes number 1. My guess is, whoever wows in workouts, whether it be these 2 or even someone else, will end up emerging as the No.1 pick.
This is just a bad draft...
i recently moved Noel myself in the top spot, who i think will be orlando, but i did it knowing its a huge risk taking a 1st over-all pick who injured the same ACL twice already in his short career. however, if doctors can significantly say that he'll make a full recovery then he has to be their guy. and i forgot who posted it, but they would definitely have to consider Burke, even if they have the top over-all pick.
i agree with that guy who said its a 3 man race for Orlando with Noel, Burke and Mclemore.
Keep in mind also, some of these god awful teams may even be thinking that Noel not playing wouldn't be all that bad because they want to get Wiggins or Parker next year, who would probably have a way bigger impact on a team than any players in this class.
A 7fter with a knee injury at a very young age, who's game is based on being superior athlete. Me personally, I wouldn't touch him at the top spot.
Finally someone who gets it!
Seeing as their is no 1 cannot miss superstar to go no.1 it is really about team needs. For example I see no reason why if Orlando get the top pick Smart won;t be chosen no.1
I think there will also be a lot of activity and trading down in such a draft. But you never know, those drafts we might laugh could contain the next gem superstar.
There is no player who deserves to be the #1 overall pick. It'll probably be Noel by default. For whatever reason, SGs just aren't taken #1 overall and I think McLemore hurt his stock with his late season play and tendency to disappear during games. Noel didn't play long enough and didn't play in highly pressurized games, so he wasn't "exposed" like some of the other top prospects.
Siggy you bring up good points, but all of that is valid til now. Once the season ends, and scouts start breaking down work outs and combines, it will begin to favor the guys who are actually there instead of the guy with the Torn ACL