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Old 05-16-2013, 12:20 AM   #1
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Default A lot riding on Charlotte Bobcats draft

Here’s the odd thing about the 2013 draft: The projected top-three picks in 2014 – and two of those have yet to play college basketball – might have all gone ahead of anyone who’ll be drafted this June.

Kansas recruit Andrew Wiggins, Duke recruit Jabari Parker and Oklahoma State point guard Marcus Smart are seemingly as good as anyone who will show up in Chicago this week for the annual pre-draft combine.

Wiggins and Parker are exceptionally athletic forwards. Smart is a big and explosive playmaker who can also play some shooting guard. The candidates in 2013 don’t quite stack up to that. It’s telling that Kentucky center Nerlens Noel – who doesn’t figure to be ready for training camp due to a severe knee injury – could still be the No. 1 pick in the June 27 draft.

-- Charlotte Observer
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