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Kentucky's Nerlens Noel looks like best bet in a soft NBA draft
Kentucky's Nerlens Noel looks like best bet in a soft NBA draft

Here's what you need to know about Thursday's NBA draft: Nerlens Noel averaged 10.5 points as a Kentucky freshman until his season ended early because of a serious knee injury. Now he's the likely No. 1 pick. Noel still can't jump because of surgery for a torn ligament and might not even play until two months into the NBA season. But he can block shots and rebound and . . . what else exactly? If he turns out to be a solid pro, his delayed NBA debut is a small price for a team to pay over the four-year run of his rookie contract. But the Noel case is indicative of one of the weakest drafts in recent memory. This certainly isn't 2003, when LeBron James, Carmelo...

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