2013 NBA Draft: Cleveland Cavaliers Shouldn’t Feel Obligated to Pick Nerlens Noel
The Cleveland Cavaliers, for the second time in the past three years, own the number one overall pick in the NBA Draft. Now begins the month of debating who is going to go where in the draft, what prospects will address needs, and so on and so forth. The Cavs and their first pick are going to be at the heart of that discussion.
Most people agree that the prospect with the most potential and that has the most value in this draft is Nerlens Noel. The general consensus is that the young center should be the number one overall pick in the draft, meaning that the Cavs should select him number one overall. However, should it really be that simple for Cleveland?
The Cavaliers should, in no way, feel like that have to take Noel with their first pick simply because that’s where he’s projected to go and because he has the most upside of any player in this draft. Frankly, that doesn’t actually make a whole lot of sense. After all, the Cavs already have Anderson Varejao and young Tristan Thompson in their frontcourt, as well as Tyler Zeller. Is adding another frontcourt player really what they need to do in this draft?
Though Cleveland may want to add depth and more youth to their frontcourt by drafting Noel, there are other enticing options with that number one pick. They could select Otto Porter, who would immediately address two needs in that he’s a good defender and a solid option at small forward. Cleveland could also potentially move the pick in some kind of package that would land them a player that could address needs for them and improve them.
Picking Noel wouldn’t be the end of the world for the Cavaliers. Noel would give them solid depth in their frontcourt when he returns from his injury and in the future. However, if that’s not what the Cavs really want or feel like they need, they shouldn’t feel obliged to select Noel solely because the general consensus is that he’s the “best” player in this draft. In the end, they need to make the move that’s best for team.