Despite what you’ve been hearing the past few days about his growth plates and questionable entourage, Nerlens Noel is still projected to go No. 1 overall to the Cleveland Cavaliers in Chad Ford’s mock draft.
Ford writes, “Noel remains on top because he fits the profile of a player the Cavs prefer to draft — the player with the most long-term upside. That’s why they picked Tristan Thompson and Dion Waiters at No. 4 the past couple of years and why Noel remains the favorite. Sources say Noel’s strongest competition right now is Len, whom some in the organization favor because he, too, has size and defensive ability, but he’s less raw and should be cleared to play much sooner than Noel.”
Archie Goodwin did not make the first round in Ford’s mock draft. He’s sitting at No. 38 in the Top 100 prospects.