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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