The Cleveland Cavaliers landed the top pick in the 2013 NBA Draft during the annual lottery event on Tuesday night.
The Cavs edged the Orlando Magic and the Washington Wizards for the No. 1 pick, a selection that many league observers believe will be used to take Kentucky center Nerlens Noel.
Cleveland has a pair of solid big men in Anderson Varejao and Tyler Zeller, but could use Noel's defensive presence to complement a roster that features some good young talent in Kyrie Irving, Dion Waiters, Tristan Thompson and Wayne Ellington.
"I think it would be a great thing for me, but I'm not assuming anything," Noel said during the ESPN broadcast of the lottery. "I'd be very fortunate to be chosen as the No. 1 pick. Cleveland's a great place to play with an all-star point guard in Kyrie Irving, the great frontcourt they have and a great organization. I'm definitely looking forward to that as a possibility.
"I think I would be able to make an immediate impact on the defensive end. As far as the offensive end, I know that's a work in progress."
The 6-foot-10, 215-pound Noel averaged 10.5 points, 9.5 rebounds and led the nation at 4.4 blocked shots per game before tearing an ACL in a February game at Florida. He is currently rehabbing the knee, which is reported to be ahead of schedule.
Michigan point guard Trey Burke, Kansas shooting guard Ben McLemore, Georgetown forward Otto Porter and Indiana shooting guard Victor Oladipo are considered among the other top prospects in this year's draft.
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