Hungry for some Nerlens Noel news? Of course you are. You love Nerlens. I love Nerlens. We all love Nerlens. That being the case, here ya go: NBA guru Chad Ford’s latest Big Board is out, and our boy is still holding on to the top spot. Not too shabby for a dude that hasn’t played basketball for two months, right? Right.
So, how exactly does one go about being the likely top pick in the draft, despite suffering a career-threatening injury and watching the NCAA tournament from the couch? Wait for every other top prospect to choke, apparently. Ford doesn’t name names, but you don’t need a press pass from the Worldwide Leader to recognize that players like Marcus Smart and Ben McLemore have seemingly gone out of their way to give teams around the league second thoughts about taking them No. 1 overall. Meanwhile, Nerlens has quietly gone about his rehab, and scouts and GM’s have reminded themselves why they fell in love with him in the first place.
Here’s what Ford had to say about the big fella:
For those keeping track at home, if Nerlens ends up being the first to shake David Stern’s hand in June, he’ll be the 4th John Calipari-coached top pick in the last 6 drafts. What did they call Coach Taylor in the last season of Friday Night Lights? Oh yeah… The Kingmaker.
Sounds about right.