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14 of 15 experts say Cleveland will draft Nerlens, barring a trade


The Cleveland Plain Dealer scoured the internet for mock drafts and expert predictions and found that 14 of 15 NBA draft projections predict Nerlens Noel to Cleveland with the first pick. The Cavs are reportedly still shopping around for a potential trade, but if Dan Gilbert keeps the top selection, almost all signs continue to point to Nerlens Noel being his guy.

DIME Magazine, fresh off a glass of Haterade, took the opposite approach and explored why Nerlens Noel could fall past the top two picks. “Cleveland could easily go with Otto Porter Jr.,” it says.

Or Cleveland could not draft Otto Porter and wait for the return of LeBron James in 2014.

Kyrie, LeBron, and Nerlens — The next big three?

[|Mock draft links: 14 of 15 say Cavaliers pick Nerlens Noel first]

Article written by Drew Franklin

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7 Comments for 14 of 15 experts say Cleveland will draft Nerlens, barring a trade

  1. Michael F. Jox
    12:15 pm June 6, 2013 Permalink

    “Kyrie, LeBron, and Nerlens – The next big three?” Fat chance, in my opinion. Besides, Nerlens is a good knee, a few yrs of developing an offensive game, and 40lbs away from being a part of anybody’s big 3. Lebron’s prime may well be in the rearview by the time that all happens.

  2. BJ Young
    12:18 pm June 6, 2013 Permalink

    North Carolina’s P.J. Hairston was arrested Wednesday night on drug charges!!!

  3. UKBlue
    12:20 pm June 6, 2013 Permalink

    LeBron not going back to Cleveland; sports radio blogs & Radio need something to talk about. He either stays in Miami, but more than likely heads to Lakers, possible Dallas. Only a few teams can pull off LeBron contract & also more than likely salary cap tax issues.

  4. KevinM
    12:21 pm June 6, 2013 Permalink

    Cleveland dreaming they will be relevant again waiting on LeBron.

    Seeing them on that draft lottery show just makes you want to stay in the cellar for that much longer.

  5. Jared
    1:22 pm June 6, 2013 Permalink

    Listening to Covino and Rich on SiriusXM, Nerlens will be on their show tomorrow. Great show I recommend anyways, but if anyone is interested in hearing Nerlens they are on SiriusXM 104, from 12-4. Not sure what time he will be on.

  6. Dr Manny
    2:37 pm June 6, 2013 Permalink

    I believe Nerlens needs some therapy on that finger too!!

  7. NBADraftWinner?
    3:09 pm June 6, 2013 Permalink

    Just for discussion, without Googling. I can think of very few NBA 1st picks (not first overall) that led to a championship within three years – Kareem, Magic, Duncan, Olajuwon, Bird. I’m not researching my guesses, so please point out my errors. AND, what team can choose NN with their 1st round pick and have a reasonable shot at a title within three years?