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Long way to go before the NBA Draft but early reports are there haven't been this many candidates to be the No. 1
pick since 1995, when it was a toss-up between Joe Smith, Jerry Stackhouse, Antonio McDyess and Rasheed Wallace. Those were the four the Warriors brought in for workouts because they couldn't imagine investing the first pick in a high schooler, some kid named Kevin Garnett. Now, like then, the first pick could be an eye-of-the-beholder determination, but Marcus Smart, Ben McLemore, Nerlens Noel, Alex Len and Anthony Bennett are considered in the mix. The belief by some NBA college scouts is that it ultimately will come down to Smart and McLemore, with Noel and Bennett next in line. If you're not seeing them at the top of your favorite draft board, my guess would be that it's because this is March; way too much time to kill and stock rising-and-falling drama to create to peg what NBA scouting departments are really thinking. GMs don't put a whole lot of stock in the tourney because the circumstances are so capricious. Well, the smart ones generally don't. That would mean discounting years of scouting a player for a handful of games in unusual conditions against opponents who may never have played him before. Why give that more weight than, say, conference play against opponents who are familiar with him and may have the wherewithal to force him out of his favorite spots/moves; you know, the way every NBA team will? But don't let me spoil your fun -- if you want to believe there's another Joe Alexander out there, have at it. Just know that the vast majority of GMs are trying like hell to make sure they don't make the same mistake.