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Cleveland Plain Dealer: Noel is not the answer for Cleveland


Earlier this week, the selection order for June 27th’s annual NBA Daft was finalized with Cleveland winning the top spot for the second time in three seasons. Naturally, within minutes of the finalized order being revealed, the internet exploded with its usual flood of mock drafts and conspiracy rumor. The news of Cleveland being awarded the Draft’s top spot also brought something else to the media forefront; opinion. Like everyone else, Bill Livingston of the Cleveland Plain Dealer has an opinion on who the Cavaliers should draft with their first overall pick, and contrary to popular opinion, it’s not Nerlens Noel.

In his article, Livingston cited his reasons for not wanting Noel with the #1 overall pick and wasn’t shy in doing so. In the article’s first two sentences he stated, “Nerlens Noel, who is rehabbing a torn ACL, has no offensive game and will not play for a head coach here who can teach it to him. Oh, yeah. He’s also too skinny to play his position in the NBA.” Which, if we’re being honest, are two valid criticisms of Noel’s game. Later in the article, Livingston stated what Cleveland truly needed on their roster. “The Cavs need a shooting guard/small forward who doesn’t shoot 42.1 percent for his career. In other words, someone other than Alonzo Gee.”

While offensive firepower is always a valued trait in any league, college or professional, the numbers suggest that Cleveland is in desperate need of some defense. The Cavs finished 27th in the NBA in defensive efficiency, allowing 109.4 points per-100 possessions. Cleveland also ranked 29th in effective field goal defense, 25th in defensive rebounding percentage, and 25th in defensive free throw rate. These are three categories in which Noel excels. If you’re interested in reading Livingston’s entire article, it can be found here.

Article written by Jonathan Schuette

14 Comments for Cleveland Plain Dealer: Noel is not the answer for Cleveland

  1. tdogg40330
    4:10 pm May 25, 2013 Permalink

    I love Nerlens, but I think Anthony Bennett is the best player in this
    draft for the NBA level. I hope to see NN get the #1 pick though, seems
    like a really great kid.

  2. BoomKentucky
    4:22 pm May 25, 2013 Permalink

    If they take Noel this year they may get another top pick next year with him possibly missing half the season.

  3. Wildcatsteeler
    4:32 pm May 25, 2013 Permalink

    As a Steelers fan I hate Cleveland and if they pass on Noel that gives me even more reason to hate them. He’d be better off not going to that crap city and it’s crap teams. Lebron was a genius for getting out of there and now has a ring to prove it. But most of all I look forward to Noel proving everybody wrong when he’s 100% and playing.

  4. ClevelandCat
    4:54 pm May 25, 2013 Permalink

    Bill Livingston is a hack and no one in Cleveland respects his opinion

  5. Big Blue 66
    5:01 pm May 25, 2013 Permalink

    that idiot of an owner is NOT the answer for cleveland

  6. BlueMist
    5:09 pm May 25, 2013 Permalink

    He only weighs 205 pounds. So, he is a project at this point. Hopefully, he can gain weight like Dieng did for uofl. I think Dieng was under 200 when he got to uofl and is around 240 or so now.

  7. Jackson Purchase
    5:33 pm May 25, 2013 Permalink

    I agree NN is not the answer for Cleveland. He is only 200ish with no offensive skills and will get pushed around by 4/5s all day in the NBA. He’s a top 5 pick but not a #1 overall.

  8. Elephante Balls
    6:09 pm May 25, 2013 Permalink

    Noel is a great young man, but I am not sold on him at #1. Too many unknowns.

  9. Robbie
    6:17 pm May 25, 2013 Permalink

    It’s a weak draft this year and no one is that player that comes in and immediately changes the fortune of a franchise IMO. But Noel is a high character guy with a huge upside. If a team can wait a few years for him to develop they will be rewarded with an all star on and off the court

  10. secretagent0014
    6:41 pm May 25, 2013 Permalink

    I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again. Listening to Cleveland fans talk about basketball is like listening to gay men talk about vagina.

  11. Team Player
    6:55 pm May 25, 2013 Permalink

    Don’t underestimate me. High class, team player mentality goes a long ways in a sport full of HUGE egos…

  12. Ha!
    7:41 pm May 25, 2013 Permalink

    Great post #10…

  13. Bill says
    8:42 pm May 25, 2013 Permalink

    Cleveland messed up when they took Irving as the first pick. They should have taken Canter and then Knight with the third pick. While Nerlans is one of my favorites, I believe he I too risky at his point. I say Cleveland should trade the 2 first round picks for Cousins. Get a good Small forward with the second round pick.

  14. Take Nerlens
    3:10 am May 26, 2013 Permalink

    Some of these comments are crazy! The NBA has changed the days of Shaq and the dominate big man are over. Nerlens has a perfect body for a big man in the NBA. They want a big who can run up and down the court and protect the rim, the things Nerlens CAN do well.
    Nerlens will be back at Christmas so that could leave Cleveland in prime shape for a lottery pick next year, that is going to be loaded. Cleveland could be set up for a 2 for 1 if they take Nerlens this year. Being a small market this is their best shot at being good!