Bob Finnan of the Northern Ohio News-Herald gives an interesting summation of Nerlens Noel, the former UK center that the Cleveand Cavaliers are considering taking with the No. 1 overall pick.
Noel is ranked No. 1 on most teams' draft boards. He's 6-foot-11 3/4, 206 pounds and is long. He has a 7-3 3/4 wingspan and a 9-2 standing reach. One can see why he led the NCAA in blocked shots at 4.4 per game.
The Cavs were the only team in the NBA last year that didn't have a player average at least 1.0 block per game. Center Tyler Zeller was the team leader at 0.91 per game.
Noel could be added to Anderson Varejao and Tristan Thompson to form a decent group of post defenders. Noel wouldn't be a starter, at least early on, but could be an energy player off the bench.
There are drawbacks. First of all, he tore his ACL on Feb. 12. He said he's been told he could return to the court in December, but even that could be pushing it.
Finnan also writes that Noel doesn't have much to offer on offense, but NBA teams believe he can be taught to score and pass around the basket.