Noel still on top; Muhammad slips in second NBA draft big board
|Chris Mannix's NBA Draft Big Board|
A common refrain is emerging among NBA executives when asked about the 2013 draft: Right now, it's not looking that great.
"It's not a deep draft," an Eastern Conference team executive said. "And there is no consensus top pick. Whatever team gets that pick, it wouldn't surprise me if they immediately looked to trade it."
The big news since the last Big Board a month ago: the debut of UCLA freshman small forward Shabazz Muhammad, who was cleared to play by the NCAA on Nov. 16. Team executives will be keeping a close eye on Muhammad, who could play his way into the No. 1 spot.
One note: Dario Saric, a versatile forward from Croatia, reportedly is expected to sign a four-year deal with Cibona Zagreb that won't give him an NBA out until 2014. So for now, Saric is off the board.