Many agreed that the Cleveland Cavaliers would be foolish not to select power forward/center Nerlens Noel No. 1 overall in the 2013 NBA Draft. However, it appears the Cavaliers are moving away from making Noel the top pick given that he will not be ready to play until Christmas, at the very earliest. Not to mention, there are concerns that past injuries could hinder his level of play going forward.
Surgeon Dr. James Andrews wants teams that are considering drafting Noel to know that he is ahead of schedule in his rehabilitation process.
“We’re really happy with his progress,” Andrews said, according to ESPN.com. “He’s several weeks ahead of schedule on his rehab. He’s improving on a weekly basis. He has a completely stable knee. The bone plugs are completely healed into the bone. His muscle and weight is returning. He has had no setbacks at all.”
With that being said, Andrews also wants teams to know that Noel will not be ready to play in a NBA game for quite some time. If the Cavaliers have any thought on using Noel’s ability to help the team reach the playoffs next season they better reconsider whom they are drafting.
With all of the speculation surrounding Noel, Cleveland might be better off drafting shooting guard Ben McLemore with the top pick. He is widely considered the most athletic player in the 2013 draft class. He also has an outstanding jump shot that allows him to score consistently from anywhere on the court. Not to mention, he would form a dynamic backcourt with point guard Kyrie Irving, which could serve as one of the more dominate tandems in the league.