A year ago at this time, many pegged Shabazz Muhammad as a surefire top three pick in the 2013 NBA Draft. Many believed he was the odds on favorite to go first overall, a belief that lasted well into the college basketball season. But the longer the season lasted, the more anxious buzz surrounded the once favorite prospect dubbed "most NBA ready" in his class.
Then a teammate at UCLA hit a game winning shot as Shabazz pouted at not getting the ball, the world saw this prospect was almost physically incapable of passing, and the whole "oops, I'm not 19, I'm 20" thing. Muhammad dropped as the NCAA season came to a close, slowly but surely, and he's continued to drop to this moment. Currently, both DraftExpress and NBADraft project Muhammad as going 10th to the Trailblazers.
What if that drop continues another month and ten days and Muhammad slips to, say, pick 14?
Chris Mannix has named Muhammad the "most debated player in the draft." With that many people talking about him, it's unlikely one of the first 13 teams on the board won't take a risk on the former Bruin. But unlikely is not unimaginable, as Muhammad's availability when the Jazz first pick would have been six months ago. If he continues to struggle shooting in particular (as has been reported his first day at the combine), he just might be there when the Jazz are on the clock.
If he slips much more, the Jazz really could draft Shabazz Muhammad. The questions, then, if that should happen: