We’re one month into the season, but experts are no closer to predicting who will go first in the NBA draft. In fact, the only thing that’s certain is that this may be one of the worst NBA drafts in recent history. So bad that many GMs would consider trading the top pick due to the college basketball’s lack of a true “franchise changer.” CBS polled 35 NBA “types” about who they would pick first. Here are the results:
Cody Zeller (Indiana): 31 percent
Nerlens Noel (Kentucky): 23 percent
Alex Len (Maryland): 11 percent
Shabazz Muhammad (UCLA): 11 percent
Alex Poythress (Kentucky): 9 percent
Rudy Gobert (France): 6 percent
Tony Mitchell (North Texas): 3 percent
Archie Goodwin (Kentucky): 3 percent
Anthony Bennett (UNLV) – 3 percent
Jeff Goodman on Noel:
Then there’s Noel, UK’s latest big man. He’s not Davis by any means because, well, he can’t really score yet. Currently, he’s a one-way player who can gets his points via dunks and through his athleticism, but he doesn’t have a legitimate go-to move. I love his shot-blocking ability and NBA guys do as well, but his lithe frame could have difficulty withstanding the rigors of the men and an 82-game season in the NBA. And no one’s quite sure whether he’s 6-foot-9 or 6-foot-11 because of his flattop.
Clearly Goodman hasn’t seen the picture above.