Barring another absolute shocker from the Cleveland Cavaliers, bigger than the one they pulled off when they took Anthony Bennett with the No. 1 pick last year, Julius Randle will not be going No. 1 in the 2014 NBA Draft.
But that doesn’t mean some don’t think he shouldn’t.
Speaking with the Boston Celtics’ team website earlier this week — the Celtics, by the way, own the sixth pick in the draft and look like a possible destination for Randle – Kentucky associate head coach Kenny Payne endorsed his former power forward for the top spot in Thursday night’s draft, which will air live on ESPN at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, N.Y.
“I really believe that Julius Randle could easily be the No. 1 pick in the draft,” Payne said. “I think Julius Randle is different.”