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Could Nerlens fall out of the top three?


With little over two weeks left until the NBA Draft, it appears the top three teams are getting a little nervous about Nerlens Noel’s knee, and are considering passing on him. A player-personnel executive tells the Charlotte Observer’s Rick Bonnell that Nerlens falling to the fourth pick is a “real possibility” because of uncertainty about his knee. It also doesn’t help that Nerlens hasn’t signed an agent yet, which makes finding information about his rehab more difficult. The source predicted that the top three in the draft (Cleveland, Orlando and Washington) will instead be Anthony Bennett, Ben McLemore, and Otto Porter, which would allow the Charlotte Bobcats to take Noel with the fourth pick.

While he doesn’t come out and say Nerlens will fall to fourth, ESPN’s Chad Ford does admit that Nerlens’ hold on the number one pick is more tenuous than ever:

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Nerlens has a chance to change at least Washington and Cleveland’s minds when he meets with them on the 14th and 20th. While it would be a shame to see Nerlens fall out of the top three, I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t excited about the possibility of him and MKG being on the same team.

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15 Comments for Could Nerlens fall out of the top three?

  1. Rockfield, KY
    11:21 am June 12, 2013 Permalink

    7 ft. now?

  2. average fan
    11:25 am June 12, 2013 Permalink

    That would be great for Charlotte. Sit him all year, lose a ton of games and then hopefully draw #1 pick in a loaded class next year.

  3. quickie
    11:28 am June 12, 2013 Permalink

    I don’t get why our opinions would mean squat in this instance.

  4. scott
    11:43 am June 12, 2013 Permalink

    And this is an example of the kind of short-term thinking that results in teams being in the lottery year after year.

  5. Delk for 3
    11:46 am June 12, 2013 Permalink

    Nerlens will be a very good player. At least two of the three teams will regret passing on him.

  6. Bobcat Fan
    11:51 am June 12, 2013 Permalink

    #2 I’m with you. Charlotte wants to take Noel because he won’t be able to play for a while and they already know 2013-14 will not be a winning season. Lose enough games and hopefully get Wiggins or Parker in next years draft.

    Kemba Walker, Gerald Henderson, MKG, Parker/Wiggins, Nerlens. Not a bad foundation to build around.

  7. I Say
    12:18 pm June 12, 2013 Permalink

    Could Nerlens fall out of the top 3? UMMM NO absolutely not. Who else would they pick?

  8. Question...
    12:37 pm June 12, 2013 Permalink

    Just out of curiosity, is it possible for Nerlens to “undeclare” for the draft? I can’t remember if he made any money off of that signing tour he did…

    Because let’s be honest, if he’s not going number 1 this year, he never will- might as well return to UK if you’re allowed!

  9. Mc
    12:44 pm June 12, 2013 Permalink

    #6) or Kemba, Henderson, MKG, Randle, and Noel…

  10. RahRah
    12:50 pm June 12, 2013 Permalink

    Only if the top three (as in, horribly bad) teams are foolish. This negative propaganda about Nerlens started on Louisville Sports radio, I’m pretty sure. Spreading like crazy. Ugh.

  11. UKBlue
    12:51 pm June 12, 2013 Permalink

    Would be shocked if Noel goes 1st.

  12. BigBlue Charlotte
    12:54 pm June 12, 2013 Permalink

    As a Bobcats fan, I would absolutely love this but I do not think he will fall. I think he goes #1. I’d also prefer Randle in ’14 over Parker and that other guy.

  13. JPL
    2:57 pm June 12, 2013 Permalink

    You make it sound like falling to the Bobcats/Hornets is a bad thing.

  14. Jughead
    3:27 pm June 12, 2013 Permalink

    I won a game of 36 at the YMCA this morning. I think my draft stock just went up.

  15. Oogie
    6:23 pm June 12, 2013 Permalink

    Meh… same thing happened last year with MKG… rumors that he might slip way down. How’d that work out?