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Unlike Noel’s Haircut, 2013 Draft Has Limited Potential at the Top.

“New Orleans got Anthony Davis, and I gotta take THIS guy?  He’s got short little T-Rex arms and looks like he’s perpetually holding back a sneeze.” -NBA Lottery Winner, probably.

If this season has taught us anything so far, it’s that Florida State girls will do anything for attention.  Not that that’s a bad thing; actually we appreciate it. And so does Brett Favre. (NSFW).

If there’s two things the season has taught us, it’s that next year’s draft is gonna be, well, a little thin at the top.

CBS’ Jeff Goodman is the latest to opine on the NBA’s most disappointing draft since 2006, “when import Andrea Bargnani was selected first overall and Tyrus Thomas and Shelden Williams were both somehow taken in the top five.”  So how does this affect the Boys in Blue?

Well, CBS did an anonymous poll (remember how much they like those?) of NBA personnel to see who they would select with the number one pick.  No surprise here, but Cody Zeller and Nerlens Noel combined for 54% of the total vote (31 and 23%, respectively).  Alex Poythress and Archie Goodwin are also in the top nine, at 11 and 3%.

Ultimately, when Cody Zeller is your top prospect, you know the talent is in something of a down year.  And Nerlens, who we love, but acknowledge has a ways to go before being the next Anthony Davis, is still developing his offensive post moves.  He may still be figuring out whether or not he’s left-handed (spoiler alert: he’s not).  Not to mention the most hilarious point of the article: “no one’s quite sure whether he’s 6-foot-9 or 6-foot-11 because of his flattop.”

But what sort of impact will this have on Cal’s team next year?

Typically, a dearth of huge talent on Kentucky’s team means that more of the guys will stick around to develop.  But if this year has less talent across the board than last year, would they feel some pressure to go?  Neither Nerlens nor Zeller may be as good as last year’s Number One pick.  Or next year’s, for that matter.  Doesn’t that mean they should go this year?  From a business perspective, it only makes sense.  Supply and demand sets the price, and this year the supply of basketball talent is low; ergo, those with the talent can demand a higher selection for otherwise mid-lottery talent.

We all love this team, and I personally would like to see them stick around for as long as possible; next year’s squad is going to need some leadership.  But the level of talent this year simply dictates that, for at least a guy like Nerlens, going to the League is the best business decision.  Heck, Indiana is the number one team with what was a Sweet 16 squad last year. That’s not to say we won’t love it if he sticks around, but it’s something to start thinking about, even in December.  You know NBA GM’s are.

Until that point, though, we can only spend time enjoying these players, and watching them get better.  Speaking of getting better, be glad you’re not on the team this morning.  While they’re participating in the rigorous “Camp Cal,” I plan on eating little chocolate donuts and taking a nap.  But hey, I’m not the one trying to get drafted.

Article written by Corey Nichols

37 Comments for Unlike Noel’s Haircut, 2013 Draft Has Limited Potential at the Top.

  1. honestly
    9:10 am December 6, 2012 Permalink

    Just dont see how Noel is a top pick right now. He literally looks like he has no capability of scoring if he isnt dunking. I know its all potential. But ifs it that bad i would take a scoring guard early

  2. dude
    9:11 am December 6, 2012 Permalink

    most of this years players will go pro simply based on the fact that they know if they stick around their draft stock will drop significantly with next year’s class of recruits, regardless of whether or not they are ready.

  3. Big Whoop
    9:13 am December 6, 2012 Permalink

    JMO…Nerlens is the only draftable player we have right now and I believe he is going to wind up as the #1 pick over Zeller who has a better work ethic as opposed to talent. Willie could be a possiility. The rest of the Cats…fat chance until the 2nd round. Of course thing could change, but right now…not so great.

  4. H.A.Milton
    9:19 am December 6, 2012 Permalink

    I believe I read some where that ‘Camp Cal’ (at least the morning session) was to be 30 minutes. Thats barely enough time to even get your heart rate going, WTF? They need to call in the drill sergeant from ‘Full Metal Jacket’. Here’s an idea for a KSR post, in honor of Camp Cal, you should give each of the players ‘private …’ nicknames.

  5. Chris
    9:22 am December 6, 2012 Permalink

    I am a cavs fan. We had the number one pick the year before Davis (we got kyrie and he is really good) and we are gonna have the number one pick likely the year before wiggins.

  6. H.A.Milton
    9:23 am December 6, 2012 Permalink

    @Big Whoop, the only player who has anything close to an NBA game right now is Goodwin…There’s no way any NBA GM is watching Noel and WCS get the ball knocked out of there hands under the basket and feeling to confident.

  7. dswan
    9:24 am December 6, 2012 Permalink

    I would definitely have to include Marcus Smart in the list of elite players for the draft. The kid’s impressive.

  8. haha
    9:26 am December 6, 2012 Permalink

    What has Anthony Davis proven in the NBA other than a likely Greg Oden 2.0? The skinny kid has no arms!

  9. jq
    9:30 am December 6, 2012 Permalink

    4 being a former Marine during the period portrayed in “Full Metal Jacket” these guys COULD NOT, COULD NOT take it!

  10. josh
    9:31 am December 6, 2012 Permalink

    i believe i seen them running on new circle road this morning

  11. Steely Dan
    9:31 am December 6, 2012 Permalink

    Demand is made up by the consumer, or, in this case, the teams. The players would be the supplier. Demand isn’t made up of people actually demanding things. It’s not a verb.

  12. Azubuike's Bicep
    9:31 am December 6, 2012 Permalink


    PPG: 16.0
    RPG: 8.3
    BLKPG: 2.2

    Conclussion: You’re not intelligent.

  13. Ouch
    9:35 am December 6, 2012 Permalink

    They all need more than one year. This class should stay for at least one more year. Business be damned.

  14. Troy
    9:40 am December 6, 2012 Permalink

    here’s a cold splash of reality. Once Obamacare gets it’s teeth into our disaster of an economy, and Obamanomics and all the attacks on those who achieve success gets fully implemented as well, there won’t BE huge NBA salaries any more. Once those NBA TV contracts are up for re-negotiation, there won’t BE giant dollar numbers. They need to go pro YESTERDAY because Obamanomics is about to make us WISH we lived in Weimar Germany. The best thing? We VOTED FOR MORE of this. So suffer kiddos. You want slick and cool. You got it. Ask the Russians how well cool man Stalin worked out for them.

  15. cracka
    9:44 am December 6, 2012 Permalink

    bleacher report just put out their top 30 – 1 noel, 4 poythress, 7 goodwin, 27 wcs

  16. H.A.Milton
    9:45 am December 6, 2012 Permalink

    14, doesn’t Fox News have a board you can post on? I don’t need that in the middle of my morning round ball reading…

  17. Lol
    9:45 am December 6, 2012 Permalink

    12 if you’re going to call someone unintelligent in your CONCLUSION, learn how to spell conclusion first.

  18. roscolio
    9:46 am December 6, 2012 Permalink

    14. as much as some of us may agree with you, we come here to escape from the everyday stresses of politics and the incessant inability of our leaders to get along. KSR is a way to get away from all that and discuss sports. Please-Take it somewhere else. BTW, not everyone here voted for more of the same.

  19. H.A.Milton
    9:47 am December 6, 2012 Permalink

    All four frosh in the lottery… The person who needs to stay is Wiltjer (its a long season, but he has got ALOT of work to do.)

  20. Getcha Popcorn Ready
    9:49 am December 6, 2012 Permalink

    Call it a hunch (or a wish), but I see only Noel, Goodwin, & Poythress leaving.

  21. mudcreekmark
    9:49 am December 6, 2012 Permalink

    Four players being predicted to go in the top 20 players in the upcoming draft off of a team that is 5-3 and has looked awful in doing it. There is no doubt that Cal has created “The Kentucky Effect”.

  22. miller time
    9:52 am December 6, 2012 Permalink

    Maybe I’m wrong, but didn’t this site say that lamb , jones, and teague needed to go pro last year? otherwise they might not get picked as high because this draft was supposed to be loaded?

  23. red headed step child
    9:53 am December 6, 2012 Permalink

    Great observation 14. You can’t fault ky, we didn’t want the result. As a business owner, I’m not going to pay higher salaries, can’t do it

  24. Brad
    9:55 am December 6, 2012 Permalink

    Teague should have never have left last year. He would have had the offense to himself basically this year on another final four team. Would have been the best guard in college basketball and easily played himself into the upper half of the lottery with this weak draft class.

    Now he is sitting around collection DNP-CDs without Derrick Rose even around.

  25. HeshimuEvans'2ndGradeTeacher
    9:58 am December 6, 2012 Permalink

    Noel – Top 5 pick.
    Goodwin & Poythress – Lottery picks maybe or just outside
    WCS – Possible late first round or early second
    Wiltjer – Just outside the lottery for the WNBA, most likely a 4 yr player

  26. paintsville's dairy queen
    10:00 am December 6, 2012 Permalink

    9- SEMPER FI!

  27. Red Headed Stepchild
    10:03 am December 6, 2012 Permalink

    Does anyone find it odd that ULOL would advertise on this site?
    Matt has to love this

  28. 24, and he would be the glue we need and we wouldn’t be scrambling for a point guard right now. We would still have some weaknesses, but those wouldn’t be as glaring as they are with him leading us out there on the floor.

  29. Bluekzu
    10:03 am December 6, 2012 Permalink

    17, conclusion + concussion =’conclussion’. The conclusion is that powerful.

  30. H.A.Milton
    10:05 am December 6, 2012 Permalink

    27, I think those advertisements are based on your browsing history…traitor.

  31. jo Blue
    10:14 am December 6, 2012 Permalink

    24 & 28- Teague AND Lamb.

  32. mudcreekmark
    10:18 am December 6, 2012 Permalink

    Well I think everyone needs to put a hold on that National Championship Trophy they have ordered for next years team. If this years team has taught us anything it is that sometimes great high school players don’t always translate to great freshmen in college players. Being a great athlete, which all these freshmen are, will make you look like a really good player in high school. Most teams you play you can score, rebound, block shots or whatever at will against inferior talent. There is alot more to being a basketball player than having athletic ability.Putting 5 great high school players together on the floor together does not guarantee that you will have a great college team.So please stop making your brags about next year.These are the same brags everyone were making when we found out that Noel was coming.

  33. HeshimuEvans'2ndGradeTeacher
    10:20 am December 6, 2012 Permalink

    #31 – I’m with you on Teague but I’m not sure Lamb could of helped his draft stock. He definitely would be nice to still have though.

  34. just saying
    10:37 am December 6, 2012 Permalink

    Florida, not UK, will be #1 in the nation next year, as Donovan will return virtually his entire team (which is a very good team) and is adding the #2 recruiting class, where as UKs players will all jump and UK will return with a ton of freshman and Kyle Wiltjer and Ryan Harrow.

    Secondly, Noel will go due to being 6’11 with “potential” and Goodwin will go even if he has to crawl. And both will continue the sudden trend in UKs early entrants…The D league. Patterson, Liggins, Harrelson, Teague, Jones have all seen the D-league in the past 12 months.

    Unfortunately, we are seeing the result of mass exodus every year. IF the NBA wasnt treatening a lockout, Jones and Lamb would have NEVER come back and UK would still be searching for #8.

  35. H.A.Milton
    10:53 am December 6, 2012 Permalink

    @just saying, Boynton, Rosario and Murphy are Sr’s and Yeguette and Young are Jr’s so how do you figure? And Harrelson was a SR and Liggins was a JR, not very early entrants, nor the top of UKs talent pool…Are you a troll or just a ‘blue hair’ who can’t get with the program?

  36. Troy
    11:43 am December 6, 2012 Permalink

    #14 – I understand the sentiment, but if you are one of these kids, you’d be a fool to ignore economic reality. Want to know what the deciding factor of Lebron going to Miami over NY was? No state income tax versus punitive crushing income tax. Those are REAL WORLD factors that have to be considered, and if the topic is going to be whether or not these guys should go pro now, then the answer absolutely has to be yes, because this house of cards we call Obamanomics is going to come crashing down. ben Bernanke can’t debase our currency fast enough. Those are going to be real world consequences.

  37. just saying
    11:43 am December 6, 2012 Permalink

    not a troll!! Bleed blue, and Ill swear on my children on that one. And no where near a blue hair, but I am getting sick and tired of watching a team that cant beat their own ass and sit here and talk about draft picks. Harrelson was the only player I mentioned that wasnt an “early entrant”. Deandre Liggins is the perfect example. Everyone said he HAD to leave because he wouldnt get any additional playing time and the draft was “weak” due to the high number of players staying due to NBA LockOut. So he goes, goes late struggles to make a roster, gets shoved to different teams and then to the Dleague he goes.

    As far as Florida goes, here is what I mean. Yes they will lose Kenny Boynton, but add #2 PG Hill, yes they will lose Murphy, but add #3 PF Chris Walker, and likely add Julius Randle. I say likely because UK has locked into the Wiggins lottery, has added Marcus Lee. I dont see guts like Young or Yegette leaving this year. Therefore they will return a NC contender team, and the pieces they miss, due to graduation, they will add in the recruiting class.

    UK will be replacing their entire starting line-up again. Harrisons at #1 and #2, Young at #3, Lee at #5 and the pray Wiggins at #4. All are retarded talented, but we will start 5 freshman?? I am in no way a troll, or a blue hair (unless you consider 36y/o) as blue hair, and NO WAY am I saying UK will not be there next year, Im just weary of all UK fans screaming “#9” next year. It wasnt but a few months ago when UK fans were screaming “#9” this year, and as soon as we struggle we suddenly not only have scrapped the year, but we already expect a team that cant play together,cant crack the top 25, and look totally lost, and ask “how many draft picks do we have?”