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Chad Ford says Nerlens won’t slide far in the draft



Well this is starting to get awkward. For about 6 months, Nerlens Noel was a lock to be the number 1 overall pick. Then all of a sudden he wasn’t. Then some morons were saying his problems were bigger than Alex Len (who wrote that garbage?). Then there were rumors that he could slip all the way to Phoenix at No. 5. Now? Now we should all chill out, apparently. All those reports of an inevitable draft day slide may have been a bit premature.


Per Chad Ford, sources close to the Orlando Magic have indicated that they plan to take Noel at No. 2 if he’s available. Things could obviously change, but the source was pretty matter-of-fact in their endorsement of Nerlens, telling ESPN: “If the draft was held today, Noel would be our first choice.” Ford also believes that the big man is still in play for Cleveland at No. 1, but should the Cavs pass him over, the Magic will be ready and willing to embrace the flat top.


More from Ford:


The Magic, according to sources, scouted Noel heavily during the season and have been doing exhaustive background work on Noel the past few months. The team believes that, with patience, Noel should end up being the best player in the draft.

Noel certainly fits a need for the Magic. Despite the strong play of second-year center Nikola Vucevic, the Magic ranked 24th in the NBA in blocked shots and 25th in defensive efficiency. Noel made a visit to the Magic on June 2 and sources said he wowed everyone despite the fact that he’s still months away from playing basketball because of a torn ACL.


So, there you have it– The latest hot take from the rumor mill has Nerlens going no later than No. 2 overall to the Orlando Magic. I hear Space Mountain is fun?


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Article written by Andrew McCarthy

13 Comments for Chad Ford says Nerlens won’t slide far in the draft

  1. Confused
    1:04 pm June 25, 2013 Permalink

    It’s comical that Alex Len would go first in the draft yet Karl Towns gets a 10th best rating in his class given they both have similar games, yet Karl has markedly greater upside.

  2. Wedding Planner
    1:20 pm June 25, 2013 Permalink

    feel so fat

    1:31 pm June 25, 2013 Permalink

    In the end it doesn’t matter whether he goes #1 or #5. 10 years from now, after the Orlando Magic’s Nerlens Noel has been in a handful of All-Star games and is eyeing $$$ on a huge third contract, we’ll know the answer the trivia question “who was the player out of Maryland who was drafted ahead of Nerlens Noel and is no longer in the league?”

  4. Bunzz
    1:40 pm June 25, 2013 Permalink

    I just don’t put much stock into all the rumors that come out right before the draft. I believe it is mostly posturing. MKG was said to be slipping down to the 5th or 6th pick right before last years draft…we see how that turned out.

  5. RahRah
    1:44 pm June 25, 2013 Permalink

    We shall see. I could get behind Orlando. #BBNteamMickey

  6. yesterdays
    1:52 pm June 25, 2013 Permalink

    I am not sure why anyone is offended by where players are selected in the NBA Draft. There are more busts among the top ten picks in the NBA than ANY other sport. Just look back at previous drafts. Might be a blessing for Nerlens to NOT be the top pick. I doubt Kyrie Irving and Tristan Thompson can carry a team to the upper echelon of the NBA.

  7. tyson
    2:11 pm June 25, 2013 Permalink

    what #4 said

  8. Tim Kathlina
    2:23 pm June 25, 2013 Permalink

    Something everyone is forgetting is that Nerlens has a GREAT PASSING ABILITY. He was by far the best distributor on the team last year; not to mention steals leader. Other then adding weight and getting two reliable low post moves, he doesn’t have other deficiencies. His work ethic is second to none.

    He is the best over all player in the draft and Cleveland would be STUPID to pass on him.

  9. CatFan1978
    2:32 pm June 25, 2013 Permalink

    Just read that the Magic might get Bledsoe. He and possibly Nerlens would be great for the Cat Fans.

  10. Alex Len
    2:37 pm June 25, 2013 Permalink

    I’m gonna be #1.

  11. Orlando Cat
    2:54 pm June 25, 2013 Permalink

    I know a couple thousand Kentucky fans in Orlando who would LOVE to cheer on Nerlens at the Amway in Orlando. Come on down to the sunshine state!

  12. ghost B.C.
    3:03 pm June 25, 2013 Permalink

    Can’t believe Cleveland is gonna take len no 1. I guess that’s why they are cleveland tho. If the magic got Bledsoe and Nerlens that would be great! Remember Doran lamb is there too. But Washington at 3 would be great also with Wall. It may be good that cavs pass. What will happen to Archie? That’s the real ? of this draft he played hard it wasn’t his fault we sucked last year. I wish him well.

  13. Boogie
    3:14 pm June 25, 2013 Permalink

    At the end of the day, height is always an advantage and always will be. Centers are much harder to find than guards. Alex Len is a big time offensive player. Nerlens is obviously a big time defensive player and one of the best I’ve seen in a while. Depending on team needs, Alex Len and Nerlens are hands down the best two players in this draft.