NEW YORK — It was no secret that LeBron James liked Shabazz Napier. The Miami Heat star and four-time NBA Most Valuable Player made his feelings about the UConn point guard crystal clear during the Huskies' March Madness run to the 2014 NCAA championship, suggesting he'd call the Connecticut triggerman's number on late-game possessions:

... and hashtaggin' him:

... and celebrating his partnership with Ryan Boatright:

... and, of course, declaring his belief that Napier should be the top point guard selected in the 2014 NBA draft:

Multiple decision-makers disagreed with LeBron's assessment, as four point guards — "international man of mystery" Dante Exum (Utah Jazz), Oklahoma State star Marcus Smart (Boston Celtics), Louisiana-Lafayette lead guard Elfrid Payton (Orlando Magic) and Syracuse's Tyler Ennis (Phoenix Suns) — came off the board in the first 18 picks of the opening round.

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