Shabazz Muhammad vs. Nerlens Noel: How Top Two 2013 NBA Draft Prospects Size Up

September 25th, 2012 by Josh Martin Leave a reply »
Shabazz Muhammad or Nerlens Noel? Nerlens or Shabazz?

Depending on whom you ask, these two college freshmen are the top prospects to watch in the months leading up to the 2013 NBA draft. Both are slated to suit up for highly ranked, high-profile teams this season—Muhammad for UCLA, Noel for defending national champion Kentucky—though both figure to miss at least a few games apiece on account of NCAA inquiries into their eligibility.

Bureaucratic mumbo jumbo aside, how do these outstanding teenage talents stack up against one another?


The Pizazz of Shabazz

At this point, Muhammad appears to be the "safe" pick between the two. The 6'6", 223-pound shooting guard out of Las Vegas comes equipped with a physique that's as prepared for the rigors of the NBA as his game is. He's a solid shooter with a complete offensive repertoire, but is at his best when attacking the basket, thanks to his elite athleticism and all-around fearlessness.

On the whole, Shabazz's ball skills—whether he's handling the ball, creating shots for himself or setting up his teammates—are superb, particularly for an ...

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