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The Drive Tuesday 6-25-13 -Jay Bilas talks with The Drive about the upcoming NBA Draft. They start with who he thinks the Bobcats should take with the 4th pick, which players have the most upside in this years draft, and what players to stay away from.
The NBA Draft analyst for ESPN was asked what player makes the most sense for the Charlotte Bobcats to draft Thursday night.
“It depends on who’s available because if (Nerlens)Noel is gone, if Otto Porter is gone and all that, and if (Ben)McLemore falls there, I think McLemore is the best talent in this draft and has the most talent in this draft. I think he is the most likely player in this draft to be an All-Star in my judgement.”
The man who will be the head analyst Thursday night on ESPN’s NBA Draft coverage talked about the criticism of this year’s draft and how it is considered the weakest draft in recent memory.
“If this draft started at #7 and we were talking about who do you take with the 7th pick: Nerlens Noel, Alex Len, or Ben McLemore; We would then be talking about how great and how deep this draft is but it doesn’t start at #7, it has to start at #1.”
Bilas was the 5th Round selection by the Dallas Mavericks in the 1986 NBA Draft and he was asked who he thought were the top prospects in the 2013 NBA Draft.
“I think Otto Porter is the most complete player in the draft. I think Ben McLemore is the most talented and I think Nerlens Noel is the best interior defender but he’s slight in build and there are still a number of things that make me uneasy about him.
As a Charlotte resident, a member of the Duke basketball team from 1982-1986, and as a college basketball analyst for ESPN, Bilas watches lots of ACC basketball so he was asked who he thought was the most NBA-ready player from the Triangle schools in this year’s NBA Draft.
“I like (NC State’s) Lorenzo Brown, although he’s not that high up on a lot of people’s draft boards, I think he’s a 1st round talent….I like (UNC’s Reggie) Bullock too because he can shoot it and he’s got some size at the 3-spot and he can rebound.”