The Cleveland Cavaliers struck gold in the draft lottery once again, winning the No. 1 overall pick for the second time in three years. The general consensus from experts is that the Cavs will take Kentucky's Nerlens Noel, who is currently rehabbing from a torn ACL.
Here's a look at five mock drafts and their selections:
|Mock Draft||Cavs' pick|
|Jonathan Tjarks, SB Nation||Nerlens Noel|
|Jonathan Givony, DraftExpress/Yahoo! Sports||Nerlens Noel|
|Scott Howard-Cooper, NBA.com||Nerlens Noel|
|Chad Ford, ESPN||Nerlens Noel|
|Chris Mannix, Sports Illustrated||Nerlens Noel|
Noel tore his ACL in February and is hoping to get back on the floor before the end of the calendar year. With Anderson Varejao and Tyler Zeller in the fold, the Cavs can bring Noel back slowly and ease him into the rotation when he does return.
Noel is a monster on the defensive end who would be able to help stabilize a Cavs defense that ranked last in the NBA in field goal percentage defense this year. There are obviously questions regarding his knee and also about his offense, but his potential may be too great to pass up.