Nerlens Noel's season may have ended when he tore his ACL, but that's not stopping him from entering the NBA draft as a potential No. 1 pick. Noel's a force on the court when healthy, but an ACL injury can have devastating consequences for a player's career, as Kobe Bryant is now finding out. Noel could take another year at Kentucky to make sure his game is still intact, but the allure of making the jump to the NBA so early must be strong.
Teams would be right to be wary about drafting a player who's suffered an ACL injury, but if Noel is healthy, he might be the best player in this draft.