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SI determines Nerlens > the field


On today’s radio show, Matt spoke to ESPN radio host Ryen Russillo, who expanded on his comments during a recent podcast with Bill Simmons, in which he raised concerns about Nerlens Noel’s “handlers” and how they’re negatively impacting his draft stock. Russillo said that Nerlens’ entourage goes back to before his time at Kentucky, and teams are worried about the longterm impact they may have on the talented shot blocker. Along with uncertainty about his injury, this is causing teams to think twice about drafting him in the top three.

But, when it comes down to his game, Nerlens is better than the field, according to Sports Illustrated’s Andy Glockner. Glockner compared Noel to the rest of the NBA Draft field in terms of talent, immediate impact, longterm impact, and trade possibilities. Glockner said that Noel may not be the most complete player in the draft, but his shot-blocking abilities make that category a push. Obviously, since he’s injured, he won’t have an immediate impact on whatever team chooses him, but in the longterm, Glockner says he can become a “solid rebounder who can block several shots a night while being a general deterrent around the rim,” which, in a weak draft, is worthy of the number one selection. And while trade rumors run rampant, they are just that right now–rumors. Glockner feels that Noel’s potential and the lack of another standout player in the draft will ensure that he goes number one next Thursday:

Noel’s situation is a mix of two old adages – timing is everything and good things happen to those who wait. Noel mixes enough raw upside with enough added value in terms of next year’s draft position to make it worthwhile to take on the moderate risk he poses at this stage of his career. It will be interesting to see if anything happens between now and late June to change this picture, but as of now, Noel is the choice.

Now, just surround yourself with the right people, big guy.

[ NBA draft 2013 Toss-up: Better pick at No. 1 overall: Nerlens Noel or the field?]

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11 Comments for SI determines Nerlens > the field

  1. N8
    12:03 pm June 18, 2013 Permalink


  2. Hollahollaholla
    12:04 pm June 18, 2013 Permalink

    Looks like it was probably was a good idea for him to come out in this weaker draft… considering

  3. Bluebloodtoo
    12:26 pm June 18, 2013 Permalink

    This whole thing kinda makes you wonder if someone is trying to get his stock to drop so that they can get a great player for less risk at a later pick. The whole thing seems fishy to me.

  4. Boogie
    12:31 pm June 18, 2013 Permalink

    You can find average guards for a dime a dozen. This draft is full of them. Why not take a risk and pick a player that can steal possessions with a shot block. No risk no reward. With today’s technology, fixing an ACL tear is nothing now. Who cares who he is “associated with?” If a kid can play a kid can play. Simple.

  5. Al/in/Indy
    12:46 pm June 18, 2013 Permalink

    Sometimes those “handlers” will sap the life blood out of a kid who’s done well. I hope this isn’t the case of Nerlens….

  6. jymbo
    12:50 pm June 18, 2013 Permalink

    Get rid of the handlers. They are lookin out for dollar signs instead of Noel’s interest.

  7. tyson
    12:54 pm June 18, 2013 Permalink

    I am not sure I would agree with the statement that those handlers were around before UK. I saw Nerlens out in public situations many times (once at Drake’s with Matt) and he only had one college guy with him to shoo away fans who were wanting to talk to him. He didn’t have a host of older guys watching his every move. Nerlens seems pretty introverted and shy.

    My guess is that a lot of this are just scouts/GMs trying to make Cleveland scared.

  8. Michael J. Fox
    1:17 pm June 18, 2013 Permalink

    7# – You never thought to yourself that maybe you never saw them while he was here in KY because Cal wouldn’t have it? I’m sure these “handlers” are from up north, and have been a part of this kid’s life for some time now.

  9. tyson
    1:59 pm June 18, 2013 Permalink

    #8–yes I did think about that. However if they were not in Lexington, then I’m not sure how big a hold they can have over him. My guess however is that Matt has more information about all of this than he is letting on.

  10. Ruppeat Offender
    5:23 pm June 18, 2013 Permalink

    This guy is right in his assessment. Most of these Mock Draft/NBA talking heads think so one-dimensionally that it makes me wonder how they wound up with their jobs. Noel is, by far, the most complete player and the guy who will make the biggest impact for his team (once he’s at full throttle). The guy averaged 10 pts, 11 rebs, 4.5 blocks and 2.5 steals per game. He also altered a dozen shots per game, got in his opponent’s heads 50 times per game and, as a freshman, led and rallied his team for 30 minutes per game. Maybe he only contributed 10 ppg, but he prevented (probably) 20 ppg for the opponent. Who else in this draft was made a 30 point difference in 30 minutes of play? Noel did it as a raw, underweight freshman. What will he do as a 250 lb, 22 year old with 3 years of NBA experience?

  11. Kevin C.
    6:39 pm June 18, 2013 Permalink

    LOL…when your arm is literally up in the net AND over the rim, I’m pretty sure that’s goal-tending. What an awesome phote though. 😀