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Nerlens Noel projected to go No. 1 by SI.com

SI.com released its first Big Board of the season today and Nerlens Noel is at the top of the list in the 2013 NBA Draft projections. Alex Poythress isn’t far behind him at No. 6, followed by Archie Goodwin at No. 10.

Here’s what SI.com had to say about each player:

Nerlens Noel: Executives from two likely lottery-bound teams identify the Kentucky freshman as the probable top pick in 2013. Noel is an elite shot blocker, with superior instincts and timing similar to last year’s top pick, Anthony Davis. Still limited offensively — “What high school big man isn’t?” an NBA scout said — Noel is decent off the dribble but will get the bulk of his points in the paint, where his size and 7-foot-4 wingspan will give him a big advantage.

Alex Poythress: Poythress is another physical specimen who utilized superior size and instincts to overwhelm prep-level competition. One general manager compared Poythress favorably to Michael Kidd-Gilchrist, the No. 2 pick in 2012. Like Kidd-Gilchrist, Poythress will have to polish his offensive game; for now, he is strictly a transition player with an aggressive, attack-first style in the paint.

Archie Goodwin: 
Goodwin is a slashing, Dwyane Wade-type scorer comfortable playing a half-court game. In the paint, Goodwin absorbs contact well and is an excellent finisher. Like many young players — and Goodwin, who turned 18 in August, is very young — he needs to bulk up and work on his shot, but scouts love his potential as an NBA two-guard.

Nerlens and MKG together in Charlotte???


Nerlens Noel, Shabazz Muhammad lead 2013 NBA draft big board

Article written by Drew Franklin

I can recite every line from Forrest Gump, blindfolded. Follow me on Twitter: @DrewFranklinKSR

18 Comments for Nerlens Noel projected to go No. 1 by SI.com



  1. fatkidineastky
    6:04 pm October 26, 2012 Permalink

    First off…FIRST!!! Next, No Noel and MKG won’t be together in Charlotte….BECAUSE MKG WILL LEAD CHARLOTTE TO NOT BEING THE WORST TEAM IN NBA…..Kentucky Effect



  2. Pu
    6:07 pm October 26, 2012 Permalink

    There’s a draft lottery, so the team with the worst record doesn’t necessarily get the first pick…



  3. Willie Cauley Stein
    6:12 pm October 26, 2012 Permalink

    Did you see the Blue-White game? No way Nerlens gets drafted first.



  4. Catcrawler
    6:26 pm October 26, 2012 Permalink

    #3 the draft is a long time from now.



  5. Joe Diesel
    6:29 pm October 26, 2012 Permalink

    I dont see it. Even this early.



  6. steve
    6:52 pm October 26, 2012 Permalink

    i don’t see Poythress having near the motor and intensity of MKG yet to rate being drafted that high.



  7. lil c
    7:18 pm October 26, 2012 Permalink

    I’m a diehard UK fan. There’s no way He goes #1 in the draft.

    Hve you seen him shoot?? WOW!

    Athony Davis can shoot and knock down free throws. This kid will average Shaq type numbers from the charity stripe this year!! Real Talk!

    Don’t get me wrong, he’s going to give teams fits this year on the defensive side, but he has a long… long way to go offensively!!



  8. BPsycho
    7:24 pm October 26, 2012 Permalink

    Nerlens and MKG together in Charlotte??? = **** yeah, **** yeah.

    #3 Yeah I saw the “Blue-White game”

    I haven’t seen an actual game yet though. Wait and see, witness Noel!!!



  9. Rick
    7:48 pm October 26, 2012 Permalink

    Anyone else remember how, after the Blue-White Game, our first exhibition games, and even a few games into the season, there were A LOT of people on here saying Davis wouldn’t be the first pick either? And how he’d be dominated by bigger, stronger players?

    How’d that turn out?

    I’m not comparing Noel to Davis as players at this point. I’m just saying it is WAY too early to judge Noel.



  10. Hugh
    8:01 pm October 26, 2012 Permalink

    MJ tou sind eine verdammte Hure, die Barnhart gucks in den Arsch Loch



  11. joe ky
    8:10 pm October 26, 2012 Permalink

    Kentucky will have the #1 draft pick, but it won’t be Nerlens, it will be Willie. NBA gms will pee on themselves when they see him.



  12. Rixter
    8:25 pm October 26, 2012 Permalink

    I’m not convinced Noel is a lottery pick, much less # 1



  13. scalcat
    8:34 pm October 26, 2012 Permalink

    Hey Drew, How come the podcast link is going up so late. I am in So. Cal. and I used to be able to get the post with morning radio show between 11: 30 am and 1: 00pm pacific time. On my days off I like to listen during the day. Lately the link has been posting in the eveing , and I have a hard time listening.



  14. Matt
    8:44 pm October 26, 2012 Permalink

    I bleed blue just as much as the next guy, but Jesus Christ guys and gals RELAX!!! Big Blue Madness was Noel’s first big time experience and Blue/White he semi hurt himself on that block. He fell straight on his tailbone. CALM….DOWN….He is a freak athletically, the kid will be just fine. Give him more than just 30 minutes of scrimmage time. By January he will be a monster along with Willie.



  15. SeaCat
    9:07 pm October 26, 2012 Permalink

    this team has 3 dunkensteins!!!
    Poy, WCS, Noel
    Wow, wow, wow!!!



  16. Duke Sucks
    12:19 am October 27, 2012 Permalink

    #3and 4 I see both your points. Just off what we have seen so far WCS looks like the better of the 2. But all we have seen so far is a glorified pick up game that by nature doesn’t show nothing a big man can do. Noel has the talent you can see that, and it’s just like what 9 said. At this time last year Davis looked OK at best. By the end of the year he had arguably the best season ever by a collage player.thank God it’s basketball season and John Calipari is the Head Coach of the Kentucky Wildcats.



  17. kingrex
    1:06 am October 27, 2012 Permalink

    ummmm No he will not



  18. Ghost of Rupp
    10:52 am October 29, 2012 Permalink

    Remember the Blue White scrimmage from last year, and even several games into the season, A Davis did not look like a number 1. The same trajectory could be in-store for Nerlens. The NBA is in the business of knowing who has NBA potential and who doesn’t. If you went on traditional methods (scoring for instance) then J Mays would be a better NBA prospect than Noel at this points and we all know that is not the case.

    Be patient and Cal will develop these players.