NBA rumors: Cavaliers considering Otto Porter Jr. at No. 1

When the Cleveland Cavaliers secured the first-overall pick in the upcoming NBA Draft, most assumed the selection would ultimately translate into highly-regarded Kentucky center Nerlens Noel. However, Michael Lee of The Washington Post reports that the Cavaliers are considering taking Otto Porter Jr. with the No. 1 overall pick.

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.
Porter was certainly considered a potential high draft pick, but there was general agreement that – despite his injury – Noel was going to be taken first. It looks like he may gain some competition, as Porter and Indiana forward Victor Oladipo are gaining rave reviews as the draft approaches.

For his part, Porter expects to be a top pick, and he believes he can flourish in the NBA.
“I definitely see myself up there,” Porter said last week in Chicago, adding that he believes he can flourish at the next level. “My versatility. I think that’s definitely going to show when I get to the NBA. My ability to rebound, bring it up the court, make something happen or set up the play. Anything that it has in store for me, I think my versatility is going to carry over.”

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