The Cleveland Cavaliers won the No. 1 pick in the NBA Draft earlier this week, but the mystery still remains as to who they will end up picking. Unlike in years past, there isn’t a clear-cut top prospect like Anthony Davis or Kyrie Irving were in years past. Analysts are calling the draft deep, but what they really mean is they have no idea who the first overall selection will be or even who will take it.
According to the Washington Post however, sources have indicated to them that Georgetown big man Otto Porter may jump ahead of everyone and be the No. 1 pick in the NBA Draft.
But there is a possibility that Porter, arguably the most NBA-ready player among the top prospects, might not be around when the Wizards pick third. A source with knowledge of the Cavaliers’ thinking said Porter is under consideration to go No. 1.
The piece in the Post centered on the Wizards desire to pick Porter with the third overall pick in the draft and even though they ended up higher than they were projected, they still may miss out on the guy they apparently have tunnel vision on.
But Porter has been considered one of the most NBA-ready prospects in the draft and he certainly doesn’t have the health questions that Nerlens Noel has. I hate to do it to the kid, but need we remind the world of another Kentucky big man — Sam Bowie?
We’re still a month away from the draft and a ton of things can change, including the Cavaliers trading the pick to a team wanting to snag Trey Burke before he’s off the board presumably at No. 2 overall to the Orlando Magic. Porter is under consideration, but you have to ask yourself how many other prospects are at this point in the draft process?