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Nerlens Noel still best bet to be No. 1 pick

Updated: February 8, 2013, 10:29 PM ET
By Chad Ford

When David Stern walks up to the lectern around 7:10 p.m. ET on June 27 to announce the No. 1 pick in the 2013 NBA draft, what name will he call?

Last year, it was a slam dunk. All 14 teams in the lottery would've selected Anthony Davis No. 1. We knew that sometime in mid-January.

This year? Good luck finding two general managers, two scouts or two fans who agree. This year's draft doesn't have any surefire NBA superstars. There's talent, but it's all flawed talent.

No one looks like your typical No. 1 pick in the draft now. The potential for a bust is as high as it's ever been at the top of the draft. Whoever gets the No. 1 pick will be sweating bullets. This one could go very, very right or very, very wrong.

At this point, it looks like we have basically six contenders for the No. 1 pick. It's not out of the question that another dark horse or two will arrive -- but for now, here's my quick take on where each player stands.

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