Yep, this sounds like a great idea. Draft a player who makes Andy V. look conservative who has already had 2 knee injuries at 19. Noel had to sit out his Sophomore year because of a knee injury.
Noel's torn ACL might have been linked to an injury he suffered during his sophomore year in high school. According to this report from The Courier-Journal, Noel fractured the growth plate in his left knee and was forced to sit out the entire season.
Instead of waiting for the knee to fully recover, the lanky forward rushed back to the court to play AAU ball during the summer. It's not a sure thing that the high school injury is the reason for the torn ACL, but complications can arise if the knee does not fully heal.
The Dr. in the article said this:
"If the leg healed awkwardly and (Noel) had a malalignment in that knee, that could predispose him to future injuries in that leg," Dr. Robin West told the Courier-Journal.
Noel has upside but HUGE risks. There's no need for the Cavs to take this risk when they have cap space and assets. If this guy was injury free like Dwight Howard or Shaq coming out of College, I would say go for it. The fact is this guy hasn't had just one injury but TWO!!
So if we draft this guy, there's no excuse. People went into this with there eyes wide open about his knee. Just like the Timberwolves fooled themselves into signing Brandon Roy or Portland took Oden over Durant even though people tried to warn them about the injuries to come.
If Noel's knee didn't heal properly from his first injury, you can fast forward 10 years into the future and hear this:
"My knee was never the same when I came back too soon from my fractured growth plate injury in High School." -Nerlens Noel