Cavaliers eye Otto Porter according to Chad Ford mock draft

In his first full round mock draft, ESPN’s Chad Ford has the Cavaliers selecting Georgetown’s Otto Porter.

4. Otto Porter, Cleveland Cavaliers (11.9% chance to win lottery) COLLEGE: Georgetown; AGE: 19; HT: 6-8 WT: 200; POS: SF

Analysis: The Cavaliers have dynamic scorers in both backcourt positions in Kyrie Irving and Dion Waiters. Their frontcourt is also virtually set with Tristan Thompson, Anderson Varejao and Tyler Zeller. Their biggest hole is at the 3, and Porter looks like the perfect complementary piece. He’s a jack of all trades, doesn’t need the ball in his hands to be effective and is a team player. I can’t think of a better fit for Porter or the Cavs.

The draft order of course isn’t set as of yet. The Cavaliers (24-52) currently have the league’s fourth worst record. As we know, with the Lottery system the Cavs could still end up with the top pick in the draft. For more on Porter, see his profile in this WFNY piece.

Going by the standings as of today, Ford leaves the Lakers out of the playoffs, and thus the Cavaliers not having the opportunity to swap their second pick with Los Angeles. With their second first round selection from the Miami Heat, Ford has the Cavs selecting SG P.J. Hairston.

30. P.J. Hairston, Cleveland Cavaliers via Miami Heat COLLEGE: North Carolina; AGE: 20; HT: 6-5; WT: 220; POS: SG

Analysis: The Cavaliers might have their backcourt of the future set, but they can always use depth. Hairston is big enough to play the 2 and the 3, and he can be a terrific shooter. He’s also tough and aggressive and understands a role coming off the bench. The Cavs are big believers in the numbers, and all of Hairston’s advanced statistic profiles come out high, so you could see him sneak into the first round.

It is also worth noting that aside from Kyrie Irving, draft predictors haven’t fared well trying to pick Chris Grant’s brain.

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  • The_Real_Shamrock

    I’m eyeing the cute blonde female at Subway’s for my fantasy draft!

  • The_Real_Shamrock

    But seriously I like Porter very athletic dynamic player who would fit perfectly IMO. Now if only the damn Lakers would make the playoffs already!

  • mgbode

    “He’s a jack of all trades, doesn’t need the ball in his hands to be effective and is a team player.”

    that’s what I want out of a player picked in the mid-teens (if the Lakers make the playoffs). GRIII fills that role nicely.


    Franklin is the guy I would be hoping to nab if we end up with the Heat pick.

  • Yup

    His lack of athleticism is actually a knock on him by many draft gurus…

  • The_Real_Shamrock

    If those gurus are Skip Bayless, Jon Barry, Len Elmore or Jalen Rose then I could understand it but I’ve never seen it.

  • The_Real_Shamrock

    The Cavaliers can’t be picky in fact they better hit a homerun or two this upcoming draft. I mean a Kyriesque draft especially with the group of FAs who will be available.

  • mgbode

    don’t be picky, but hit 2 HR’s?

  • JNeids

    I just played ESPN’s lotto machine a few times and on top of losing LA’s pick to Phoenix, half of my spins have them stealing Porter one pick ahead of us! I swear between the Browns and Cavs, we always miss out on our “guy” by 1 or 2 picks. Can’t win for losing…

  • The_Real_Shamrock

    Sand full of sugar – I’m just sayin’!

  • JNeids

    Although to be fair it only took me 2 spins to win the lotto and land Noel.

  • JNeids

    What would the animals be made out of?

  • I’m personally kind of excited about getting a player the quality of Otto Porter on the Cavs. I hope this happens.

  • The_Real_Shamrock

    This is why I don’t play lottos!

  • The_Real_Shamrock

    I’m hoping to avoid Noel or the possibility of Noel.

  • mgbode

    compared to Smart, Shabazz, Noel, Oladipo he isn’t the most athletic of the bunch (speed, quickness, strength, leaping). his toughness is what separates himself and Marcus Smart (and Smart being in both categories is why I think he’s the best overall prospect in this draft).

    now, does that make him worthy of drafting higher than the other guys? that is the eternal question.

  • The_Real_Shamrock

    Oladipo isn’t ready for the NBA he’ll be another guy who will need at least one contract to show his true possibilities IMo. Same with Noel. I like Shabazz, Smart and Porter.

    And it’ll be an internal question more then anything.

  • steve-o

    If we stay in the fourth slot, the odds suggest we will pick fifth (35% chance). There is actually a greater chance of picking first (12%) than fourth (10%), but the conspiracy theorist in me says there is no way we land the first pick, and probably not 2 or 3 either. It’s looking like Otto or Shabazz, which would be fine with me since there is no sure fire star in this draft anyway, and either player should greatly improve a weakness (plus add an interesting name).

    Too bad Utah woke up. In order for the Lakers to make the playoffs, they probably need to win out, and they have a tough schedule that includes several playoff teams that will want to knock LA out so they don’t have to face Kobe in the playoffs.

  • Vindictive_Pat

    I can’t disagree with Mr. Chad Ford… the Cavs could use a guy like Kawhi Leonard, and Otto Porter looks to fit that bill more than anyone else in this draft. However, if Chris Grant thinks that he can get that player with the other 1st round pick, then I would be more than willing to entertain Marcus Smart off the bench.

  • The_Real_Shamrock

    I’m assuming they’d be made out of candy. ;o)~