2013 NBA Lottery: What Does Cleveland Cavaliers' No. 1 Pick Mean for Nerlens Noel?

By Connor Muldowney
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While the 2013 NBA Playoffs are nearing an end, the 2013 NBA Draft Lottery became Tuesday night’s biggest basketball story as the Cleveland Cavaliers won the top overall pick for the second time in three years.

The Orlando Magic had the best chance to win the lottery, but the Cavs good-luck charm, Nick Gilbert, was just the thing they needed to win their third No. 1 pick in 11 seasons. Owner Dan Gilbert‘s son has been the representative for the Cavs at the last three lottery showings, having a 66 percent winning-percentage of the top pick in those appearances.

Before the lottery picks were announced, Nick Gilbert made a statement that may be either very bold, or very irrational.

With all the confidence in the world in his father’s team, Gilbert stated that the Cavs would not be making another appearance in the NBA’s lottery selection for a good while, proclaiming the Cavs playoff-worthy in seasons to come.

Time will tell if the young man is right, but for now we will have to wait. Who will Cleveland take with the top overall pick?

Many people would speculate that Nerlens Noel from Kentucky would be a lock for the Cavs, but that’s not the case. Noel is one of the most talented players in the draft, many saying he is the top player. However, Cleveland may be looking for a wing player.

You might be saying, how can you pass up a guy who averaged 10.5 points, 9.5 rebounds and 4.4 blocks per game as a freshman before a season-ending knee injury? This guy’s ceiling is seemingly sky-high.

However, Cleveland may be going by need and not by want with No. 1 overall.

Ben McLemore of Kansas may be the perfect fit for Cleveland, also arguably one of the top players in the 2013 NBA Draft and a versatile, athletic wing player.

While I think the Cavs would be wise to choose Noel No. 1 overall, as he could turn into one of the best big men in the league, McLemore may be a once in a great while type of player.

The choice at No. 1 will be speculated until draft day, but is, by no means, a lock.

Connor Muldowney is a columnist for RantSports.com. Follow him on Twitter @Connormuldowney, “Like” him on Facebook or add him to your network on Google.

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