Here are the centers taken in the first round of the 2013 NBA draft:
5. Alex Len
6. Nerlens Noel
12. Steven Adams
16. Lucas Nogueira
21. Gorgui Dieng
22. Mason Plumlee
27. Rudy Gobert
Gobert still has a chip on his shoulder about where he was selected, and it showed when he induced a double technical foul with Noel during the Jazz’s win over the 76ers on Friday.
Gobert, via Jody Genessy of the Deseret News:
“He was talking too much, that’s why,” Gobert said when asked about the technical. “I just got mad and I shouldn’t react. I shouldn’t react.”
I don’t think this is the case, but I’d like to believe Noel was talking because he holds a grudge over this block in the Rising Stars Challenge:
There’s not supposed to be defense in that game, man.