The NBA draft is set to take place on June 27th, and it's the Cleveland Cavaliers that will have the number one overall pick.
NBA Draft Odds - Who will be Picked 1st?
Nerlens Noel -200
Otto Porter +200
Another Player +500
NBA Draft Odds - Who will be Picked 2nd?
Ben McLemore -150
Trey Burke +150
Victor Oladipo +500
NBA Draft Odds - Who will be Picked 3rd?
Otto Porter -150
Nerlens Noel +500
Anthony Bennett +150
NBA Draft Odds - Will the Cavaliers trade their #1 Pick?
Will Nerlens Noel go #1?
More often than not, there's a slamdunk pick for the first overall pick in the draft, and although many believe the Cavaliers will end up selecting the one-and-done Kentucky star, there's certainly no guarantee that will happen.
Aside from Noel, the likes of Ben McLemore, Otto Porter, and Victor Oladipo, just to name a few, have had visits with Cleveland and sources have said the franchise has still yet to make their final decision.
With Kyrie Irving and Dion Waiters giving the Cavaliers a great one-two punch out on the perimeter, the Cavaliers could clearly use a big man, and Noel definitely fits the mold with his size, athleticism, and overall ability to affect plays on the defensive end. There are rumors going around, however, that Alex Len could be a surprise selection at the number one spot given his excellent credentials in the post as well.
When it comes down to it though, we find it hard to fathom Noel not going number one. His raw potential is too much to pass up.
How will the rest of the top ten selections shake out?
Who knows. This is one of the deepest drafts we've had in quite some time, as there are a number of big names that will be floating around.
McLemore, Porter, Oladipo, and Len should all go in the top ten, while it's likely UNLV sensation Anthony Bennett, Michigan point guard Trey Burke, and potentially even Cody Zeller are taken at a high spot too.
It's going to come down to how everything plays out early and what sort of talent teams need the most.
Don't forget about other guys like C.J. McCollum, Kentavious Caldwell-Pope, Kelly Olynyk, Shabazz Muhammad, Steven Adams, and Shane Larkin either.
- Washington, a huge ATS money-maker in the NBA odds this past season, has another huge pick coming up this year after nailing their selection of Bradley Beal in 2012. The Wizards actually played some good basketball once John Wall returned to full health, and with another top-three pick incoming, there's going to be a nice little nucleus over in the nation's capital. Apparently Washington is high on both Porter and Bennett, and both should be available at number three.
- We can't wait to see who the Oklahoma City Thunder get at #12. At one mock it's McCollum and at another it's Olynyk, but if given the opportunity to get a productive big (who can score, unlike Kendrick Perkins), you have to think the Thunder go for a big man here. Olynyk would be hard to pass up.
- The Atlanta Hawks also have a chance to do some real damage in the draft, though they're still holding out some level of hope that they can snag Dwight Howard and/or Chris Paul. The Hawks obviously have a lot of cap room and it definitely doesn't hurt that they have both the #17 and #18 selections in the draft.
- Don't forget about Europe! International players are becoming more and more frequent in the draft and don't expect that to change much this year. Lucas Nogueira, Dennis Schroeder, Sergey Karasev, Giannis Adetokoubo, and Rudy Gobert could all very well be taken in the first round.
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