Draft guru Chad Ford updated his big board today for all the loyal, credit card-wielding readers over at ESPN.com. For $8.95 a month, you can read what Ford and other ESPN experts have to say. Or, I can tell you where he projects the Kentucky players to go.
Sitting atop Ford’s NBA draft prospect rankings is our boy Nerlens Noel. The worldwide leaders magical trade machine gives Noel an 84.8% chance of walking across the stage first, based on team needs and team odds in the draft lottery. Ford writes, “We project Noel to go No. 1 to the Magic, Bobcats, Cavaliers, Suns, Kings, Wizards, Raptors, 76ers and Mavericks. Those are pretty great odds.”
And on down the list from Nerlens is Mr. Inconsistent-In-Mock-Drafts, Archie Goodwin. Ford currently has Goodwin as the 26th-best prospect joining the league this summer, up a couple spots from where he was a few weeks ago.
NBADraft.net, on the other hand, still has its doubts with Archie; the website projects him going 37th to the Washington Wizards.