Chad Ford has been burning up the airwaves in the last few days leading up to Thursday night’s NBA Draft. Once again, the hottest topic revolves around who will be the number 1 pick. Kentucky’s own Nerlens Noel is the focal point of much of the conversation. Although the talk continues to swirl around that Alex Len or Ben McLemore or even Otto Porter might leap frog Noel, Ford has remained positive about Noel’s chances to land with the Cleveland Cavaliers with the first pick.
“I think they like Noel,” Ford said. “I think they like all 6 of the players they’ve brought in. The Cavs are in a difficult position. There isn’t a clear number one. There isn’t a franchise player. They like Noel, but do they like him as a number one pick? Noel is the guy that has been at the top of their big board all year.”
Ford said that when the Cavs evaluated the talent in this year’s draft, they didn’t see a single player that would start for an eastern playoff team next year. With that said, Ford believes the #1 pick will come down to one of the following guys: Nerlens Noel, Alex Len or Anthony Bennett. If Ford was to “read the tea leaves,” he remains with his guess that Noel will still go number one in the draft.
Ford also says that the Cavs are still shopping the number one pick around, although it might not have any takers. No one wants to give up anything. Ford put the percentage at 25 that the Cavs would still trade the #1 pick.
… The Nerlens Watch Continues…