Most teams prepping for the NBA draft have to futz around by bringing in a slew of mid-range draft prospects to scout for their pick, along with likely undrafted players to fill out workouts and let them scout for their summer league teams, camp spots, etc. With the No. 1 pick, though, the Cleveland Cavaliers can shoot straight for the cream of the crop, and in the next week, they'll bring in five of the top players in the 2013 NBA Draft including a blockbuster Wednesday workout.
The report from ESPN's Andy Katz:
Huge NBA draft week in Cleveland. Wednesday work out with Porter, Oladipo and McLemore. Injured Nerlens Noel and Alex Len on the weekend.— Andy Katz (@ESPNAndyKatz) June 18, 2013
That's five of the top six players in Jonathan Tjarks' most recent mock draft. Nerlens Noel (scouting report) and Alex Len (scouting report) are injured, but it would be amazing to be a fly on the wall as Otto Porter (scouting report), Ben McLemore (scouting report), and Victor Oladipo (scouting report), all wings, trying to prove their NBA capabilities, square off in various drills.
It should be noted that Oladipo declined a workout with the Washington Wizards, telling them they had to come to watch him work out in Bowie, Md., but was willing to fly out to Cleveland to show off for the Cavs. Some things just work out for you when you have the No. 1 pick.
The Cavs have been rumored to prefer Len with the No. 1 pick, even though the majority of services have pegged Noel as the top selection for a long time. But with McLemore, Porter, and Oladipo coming in, they might decide not to go with a big man.