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This year’s NBA draft has its share of rising — and falling — prospects

With the No. 1 pick the Cavaliers are debating two big men, Kentucky’s Nerlens Noel and Maryland’s Alex Len (rear).
With the No. 1 pick the Cavaliers are debating two big men, Kentucky’s Nerlens Noel and Maryland’s Alex Len (rear).file/JASON DECROW/associated press

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The NBA draft is only two days away, and there’s no consensus on whom the Cleveland Cavaliers will select with the No. 1 pick. That’s a testament to the uncertainty about this year’s crop of players; this draft is considered the hardest to predict in recent memory.

Everett’s Nerlens Noel was thought to be the top pick about a month ago. He’s a physically gifted center who can run the floor and could emerge as a defensive stopper in the NBA. But as Noel has been evaluated, some have characterized his offensive skills as primitive, he was only 206 pounds at the draft combine, and his stock has dropped, according to NBA sources.

In the past several days a handful of prospects have risen and fallen in the eyes of lottery teams.

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