2013 NBA Draft: Cleveland Cavaliers Not Impressed With Ben McLemore's Subpar Workouts

By Ryan Heckman


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There has been tons of speculation about what the Cleveland Cavaliers will do with their number one overall pick in the 2013 NBA Draft. Will they draft Nerlens Noel out of Kentucky just as everyone would suspect to be the likely decision? Do they go another route with either Victor Oladipo, Ben McLemore, Alex Len or Otto Porter?

Could they possibly trade the pick? After all, there have been multiple rumors floating around lately that the Cavs are ‘aggressively’ shopping their first overall selection.

At this point, they appeared not to have their minds made up. One thing, however, is starting to become clear: McLemore will likely not be selected with Cleveland’s top choice.

Chad Ford of ESPN has stated recently that McLemore has not impressed in his latest workouts:

“McLemore remains in the top 5, but I’m starting to have my doubts. I love the talent. But his lack of preparation for the draft is hurting him. Multiple sources told me that his workout in Phoenix was not impressive; he wasn’t in shape, and he struggled to keep up in the workout.

“I heard similar things in Orlando. McLemore is in a tug-of-war right now between adviser Rodney Blackstock and his agency Rivals. It’s kept McLemore out of the gym and for the most part, out of workouts.”

With these reports of what appears to be laziness, just how far is McLemore going to slip? With the draft under two weeks away, it will be interesting to see if teams still decide to keep him high on their list in spite of his weak workouts before the draft.

I still think Cleveland would be wise to select Noel – and I’m sure they will. He has a huge future ahead if he is smart about it. Recovering from his knee injury is his top priority at the moment. After that, it’s time to start practicing those alley-oops with future fellow teammate Kyrie Irving.

Ryan Heckman is a Senior NBA writer for RantSports.com also contributing to the NFL. Follow him on Twitter @ryanmheckman  or add him to your network on Google.

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