Draft Notes: McLemore, Saric, Nogueira

If today's reports are to be believed, then things aren't looking so great for Nerlens Noel.  The Cavaliers, under pressure from owner Dan Gilbert to make the playoffs this year, could be leaning against drafting Noel since he will be sidelined for several months as he recovers from an ACL tear.  On top of that, the Kentucky big man's injury could be worse than once thought with one observer saying that he could fall to the No. 6 pick or lower.  Here's more draft news..

  • The Suns greatest needs are perimeter shooting and athleticism, which is why Ben McLemore would be the perfect pick for them at No. 5 in the opinion of the Arizona Republic's Paul Coro.  However, he could very well be off the board by the time Phoenix picks.  The Magic could be a fit at No. 2 as well as the Bobcats at No. 4.
  • Dario Saric's reported decision to withdraw from the draft has drawn the ire of some league scouts, writes Jonathan Givony of DraftExpress.  A scout of one team picking in the teens opined, “[Saric was] not as accessible as he needed to be during the draft process; information hasn't been forthcoming outside of one draft blog. We can't draft a guy like that without getting him in our gym and without a physical or interview.
  • Lucas “Bebe” Nogueira is looking more and more like a first round draft pick, writes Steve Kyler of HoopsWorld.  The big man needs to add some size but he is modeling his game after Marcus Camby, who came into the league at 223 pounds in 1996.

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