There are two overwhelming storylines this week as the league’s 30 teams are gathering in Chicago for the NBA’s predraft workouts. No one considers this draft to be very good, and a few of the key guys available at the top are already injured.

That doesn’t bode well for the Cavaliers, who are assured of selecting somewhere in the top six and most likely will have a top-five pick for the third consecutive year. But the draft lottery isn’t until next week, creating yet another unique scenario for this draft camp — no one yet knows where they’re selecting.

Teams have been asking to have the NBA Scouting Combine moved up to allow more time for draft preparations. The league conceded this year and moved the combine ahead of the draft lottery. It ultimately isn’t that big of a deal. Barring a stunning upset in the lottery — like a team moving from No. 10 into the top three — teams already have a good understanding of where they’ll be drafting.

It’s just that this year’s talent pool doesn’t have anyone overly excited.

“Teams at the top are frustrated,” ESPN draft analyst Chad Ford said Wednesday on a conference call. “They’re lottery teams, they need a franchise-type player. They want a guy who has a chance at being a 10-year All-Star or perhaps a Hall of Famer some day. That’s what you want out of the No. 1 pick, and that player just doesn’t exist in this draft yet.”

Ford said there is no player projected to have the type of impact or career expected of Anthony Davis and Kyrie Irving, the past two players to go No. 1 overall. Of course, Irving wasn’t expected to have this type of impact when the Cavaliers selected him first overall two years ago.

That 2011 draft was expected to be pitiful and was criticized as the worst in years, yet Ford believes that draft will ultimately be better than this one. He compared this draft to 2006, when the Toronto Raptors selected Andrea Bargnani No. 1 overall.

Of course, that meager draft did include LaMarcus Aldridge (No. 2 pick), Brandon Roy (No. 6) and Rajon Rondo (No. 21), all of whom have appeared in at least one All-Star Game.

“Last year there were five really obvious players that you could project if they stayed healthy and worked hard having great NBA careers,” Ford said. “It’s a lot harder to project this draft, and you know there will be. Trying to figure out who those guys are and who are the pretenders is a lot more challenging this year than any year I’ve covered since 2006.”