Why Harrison Barnes should go No. 1
Today Insider continues a three-part debate over who will be the No. 1 pick in the 2012 NBA draft. All three of our draft insiders -- Fran Fraschilla, David Thorpe and Chad Ford -- debate the merits of the top player currently at No. 2 on Ford's Top 100: University of North Carolina sophomore Harrison Barnes. Up next week: University of Connecticut freshman Andre Drummond.
David Thorpe: Despite what was said or written last spring by college analysts who thought Harrison Barnes was better served by returning to UNC, without a doubt he would have been a top-5 pick. He might have gone No. 1. No offense meant to other draft picks or eventual No. 1 pick Kyrie Irving, but Barnes represented the surest thing combined with the biggest upside. Indeed, the Cleveland Cavaliers could have netted a possible replacement for LeBron James.
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