NBA Draft tips off tonight

Posted at 5:01 PM, Jun 27, 2013
and last updated 2013-06-27 17:01:00-04

NEW YORK (AP) - A pair of banged-up big-men is being projected as the possible No. 1 choice in tonight's NBA Draft. Cleveland has the first pick and if the Cavaliers don't trade down, it is believed they will take either Nerlens Noel of Kentucky, who is coming off a major knee injury, or Maryland's Alex Len, who is in a walking boot.

Noel tore the ACL in his left knee on Feb. 12, ending his lone season at Kentucky. The 6-foot-11 freshman led the nation in shot blocking and his conference in rebounding. Len is 7-1 and spent two seasons at Maryland. His left foot started bothering him around February, and he found out after the season that it was a stress fracture.

Orlando has the No. 2 pick, followed by Washington, Charlotte and Phoenix.

Ben McLemore of Kansas, Indiana's Victor Oladipo (OH'-luh-dee-poh), Georgetown forward Otto Porter and national player of the year Trey Burke of Michigan are among the other players who will hear their names called early at Barclays Center by NBA Commissioner David Stern in his final draft.