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Which NBA Team Do You Want Nerlens On?


Assuming he goes number one overall, which most projections indicate he will, which team would you like to see Nerlens get drafted to this summer?  Are you looking for a team that has the DNA to be competitive down the line?  Or are you wanting him to end up with former UK stars so you can have that matching jersey set?  Right now, the odds for the top five participants of the Noel Sweepstakes are something like this:

1) Bobcats-22.5%

2) Magic-22.4% (not sure why they’re .1% lower than the Bobcats, but that’s what ESPN’s Lottery Mock Draft indicates)

3) Cavs-15.6%

4) Suns-11.9%

5) Hornets/Pelicans-8.8%

With so many UK players drafted high in recent years, there is no shortage of teams in the lottery with UK players.  Even in the top five lottery teams, you have four guys that were just drafted last year.  If you’re looking for Nerlens to end up on a team where he can rejoin (or, technically, join for the first time) his fellow Wildcats, then you’re probably pulling for Charlotte or New Orleans to get lucky on Lottery night.  Should either of those teams get called first, you’ll have the chance to add another NBA jersey to your repertoire.  Or start an NBA jersey repertoire.  Whatever.

But are those the best competitive choices for Nerlens?  If you want to see him win, and win early, he might be better off somewhere else.  For all that I made fun of Dan Gilbert yesterday, the Cavs have some pretty good pieces, and Noel would be a great fit in Cleveland, where they’re missing an elite defender around the rim.  He’ll be able to play with a young, superstar point guard in Kyrie Irving (as opposed to “General” Greivis Vasquez in New Orleans), AND he’ll push Tyler Zeller further down the depth chart.  And if there’s one thing I like almost as much as seeing UK guys get playing time, it’s seeing Zellers lose it.  But the scorers are there in Cleveland, with Irving and Dion Waiters, and the young talent is really only going to get better.

Then you have the Magic and the Suns.  The Suns’ roster is full of draft busts, with their biggest names being Michael Beasley and Wesley Johnson.  When Goran Dragic and Marcin Gortat lead your team in literally every statistical category, you know you have some reworking to do.  Nerlens could be the first step in the right direction in Phoenix, but it wouldn’t be fun for him.  And in Orlando, you have the newly acquired Doron Lamb, who is averaging right at 12 minutes per game with the Magic.  As far as young talent goes, though, they’re not in as great a position as Cleveland is, although Tobias Harris has really started to turn it up.  Orlando is probably that mix between the two groups here: Nerlens would get a little PT with a former Cat, and could help a team struggling to find an identity.

So, of the top five, which NBA team do you think is the best fit for Nerlens?  Which team would you like to see him on?  Personally, my money’s on the Cavs.  They have a lot of promise going forward, it’d be relatively easy for Wildcat fans to go see him in Cleveland, and he is just the right fit for that team; they’d really appreciate having him.  New Orleans, on the other hand, might look to shop him, if they even draft him at all.  Nobody needs the second coming of Anthony Davis when you’ve got… Anthony Davis.

There are plenty of good options, and we of course wish Nerlens the best come draft night.  Let the speculation begin.

Article written by Corey Nichols

25 Comments for Which NBA Team Do You Want Nerlens On?

  1. t.hall
    9:18 am April 16, 2013 Permalink

    Wizards. Wall Beal Nene Noel doesn’t sound to shabby

  2. Urn
    9:24 am April 16, 2013 Permalink

    The flat top would be funky in Portland. Lillard has been playing well too.

  3. threegoggles
    9:25 am April 16, 2013 Permalink

    1) Cavs – so much young talent plus noel and a healthy varejao equals a playoff team
    2) Wizards – same as Cavs plus Wall, Noel, and Beal is a great trio to build on
    3) Bobcats- MKG needs all the help he can get

  4. Susan
    9:25 am April 16, 2013 Permalink

    I would love to see Nerlens on the same team as Michael Kidd-Gilchrist. The Charlotte fans would have a lot of heart out on the floor!

  5. MJ4UK
    9:25 am April 16, 2013 Permalink

    Bobcats with MKG

  6. Mitch's Campaign Manager
    9:26 am April 16, 2013 Permalink

    Is the above article some ploy to get Mitch out of office?

  7. Mitch's Campaign Manager
    9:27 am April 16, 2013 Permalink

    I hate how this site tries to play politics. Keep it real KSR and throw that Liberal BS over the fence.

  8. Ryne
    9:31 am April 16, 2013 Permalink

    #4 agree 100%

  9. OralHygene
    9:43 am April 16, 2013 Permalink

    KensUcKy Mildkittys….oh,wait. That’s just an NBDL team with high salaries…nevermind.

  10. CliffHawkinsDefense
    9:45 am April 16, 2013 Permalink

    Don’t forget Doron playing with the Magic!

  11. Wouldn't it be cool
    9:48 am April 16, 2013 Permalink

    If the Pelicans Got Nerlens and Davis, no team would be able to put up a shot within 10 feet of the basket. BLOCK CITY!!

  12. EBrown21
    9:51 am April 16, 2013 Permalink

    New Orleans wouldnt waste there top draft pick on Noel i wouldnt think. Since they have Davis, I would see them getting Burke, McLemore or Smart

  13. Michael Gray
    10:10 am April 16, 2013 Permalink

    Well in all honesty I would hope that the Bobcats would take McLemore, he fills a need more than Noel does, they already have Biyombo (Noel is much better than him no doubt) but the 2 guard is a spot they desperately need a solid body in. For the Pelicans, it would make sense as Robin Lopez can only play good so much and that gives them the most shot blockingest front court in the league, butttttttttt it gives them just about the skinniest front court too so that leaves them with a question about who is going to defend the Dwight Howard’s and Andrew Bynum’s of the league. Magic would probably be the best place for him, but as a Pelicans/Hornets fan I’d still like to see him get picked up there so I can get a Noel shirt to go with my Davis and Miller ones.

  14. Ls
    10:12 am April 16, 2013 Permalink

    Less than 20 wins for him next year

  15. Michael Gray
    10:14 am April 16, 2013 Permalink

    #12 – I don’t think they go for a point guard, not with Vasquez being in discussion as most improved player, leading the league in assists (after Rondo went down), and pulling down several triple doubles. I could see them looking for another front court addition, I would see them taking Noel if they get an early pick, if they go down a bit I would say they go for a wing (they may trade Gordon and SF is the second weakest position in their starting line-up).

  16. symphonist41169
    10:43 am April 16, 2013 Permalink

    “Nerlens could be the first step in the right direction in Phoenix, but it wouldn’t be fun for him.” What?? If he wanted to “have fun” and play with a sure-fire winner he would stay at UK next year. I sure don’t blame him for grabbing the guaranteed contract worth millions, but come on, it’s a living, not playing hoops on the playground. Fun for him? Really??? What will be “fun” is looking at his bank statements this time next year…

  17. kybigblue
    10:50 am April 16, 2013 Permalink

    Nik Vucevic is a very good young center for the Orlando Magic. He is averaging a double double and is second in the league in rebounds. Would another center be the Magic’s first choice in the draft?

  18. Michael Gray
    10:59 am April 16, 2013 Permalink

    #17 – Me personally I think it would be a good fit for him. However, no, they should take the gamble on a point guard as Nelson is 31 and is not going to be able to grow with the roster that they currently have.

  19. El Gato
    11:12 am April 16, 2013 Permalink

    Do you watch the NBA Corey? Dragic is a hell of a point guard and NOLA needs a Center more than anything. Noel might have been Davis 2.0 in college but in the pros AD is a PF and Noel is a center.

  20. manleySmell
    11:42 am April 16, 2013 Permalink

    How much u wanna bet Detroit somehow gets the number one pick. Next Ben Wallace

  21. noel
    11:46 am April 16, 2013 Permalink

    New Orleans will not take Noel regardless of where they pick in the Top 5.

    With Noel, R Anderson, and Lopez in the frontcourt, they won’t add another big guy before addressing their issues at the 1,2, and 3. These issues include SG because the Hornets want to trade Eric Gordon in the offseason. I could see Smart, McLemore, Porter, or Shabazz going to New Orleans.

  22. Archie Goodloss
    12:03 pm April 16, 2013 Permalink

    WTH?!? Why am I not on the list? This is absurd, I keep telling them I succeeded and did everything I could at UK… I don’t understand.

  23. CaliUKfan
    12:31 pm April 16, 2013 Permalink

    As a UK fan I want him with MKG, as a Suns fan I want him in Phoenix.

  24. gossie21
    1:07 pm April 16, 2013 Permalink

    20. If Detroit gets the #1 pick they would probably take a shooting guard. Andre Drummond and Greg Monroe are two of the best young post players around.

    My pick would be either Cleveland or Washington so he could team up with an elite young point guard. Or even Orlando, they tend to do well at producing elite centers…. who then end up in Los Angeles.

  25. Sgt. Jimmy
    2:32 pm April 16, 2013 Permalink

    When did BBN become NBA fans? The most over indulged athletes in the world. The thug and gansta culture raines supreme in the “league”.