With the NBA Draft less than a month away, it’s time to start thinking about what the Cavaliers may do with this year’s pick.
So, based on some of the comments here lately (and/or lack thereof) it appears nobody’s really in the mood for talking about the Tribe these days. That’s ok, I don’t feel like writing about them any more than you feel like reading about them anyway. Besides, how many different ways can I say “this team is awful” and “it’s time to try something different”? My thesaurus is out of pages. So its time to move on and talk about a team that is more fun to write about these days….the Cavaliers. The NBA Draft is coming up on June 26th, so what better time than now to start looking ahead?
For your convenience, I have rounded up a nice collection of mock drafts out there. I figured first we’d see who other sites think the Cavaliers will take, and then we can discuss who we think the Cavaliers should/will take with their pick. Fair warning, though, projecting the 19th pick is tricky, especially when all the draft camps and private workouts have yet to be conducted. Furthermore, projecting the Cavaliers picks is even trickier than most because of how close to the vest the team keeps info on which players they like and which players they are inviting for workouts. Let’s face it, when even Brian Windhorst has trouble getting good inside info, you know the team is being extremely tight-lipped. None the less, lets have some fun and take some guesses.
The Mock Drafts
What The Cavaliers Should Do
I’m not totally opposed to the Cavaliers packaging this pick with some other players and expiring contracts. I think a package of Wally Szczerbiak (and his $13 million in expiring money), Daniel Gibson (signed to a decent offer), and the 19th pick could bring back something pretty solid in return. I’m thinking more along the lines of Baron Davis than Jermaine O’Neal. If the Cavaliers feel that they cannot find a player who can make a fairly significant positive impact immediately, then they need to shop this pick as part of a package, in my opinion.
With that being said, I’ve already mention that I realy, REALLY like Brandon Rush and Chris Douglas-Roberts with this low of a pick. I have a feeling Rush will end up jumping up higher on people’s draft boards and will be gone by the time Cleveland picks at 19, leaving CDR as my preferred pick. Call me crazy, but I think CDR’s athleticism and toughness will fit right in and prove to be a plus. I love the way he improved his shot last year. I love the fact that he has experience and isn’t really a project. He’s ready to go in a lot of ways, and I like this pick.
If the Cavaliers feel they want to go with PG, I doubt Russell Westbrook will still be there. The only real legit PG prospect that could be available there would be Ty Lawson. Lawson is such an unknown. His size and perimeter shot scares me much like T.J. Ford, but at the same time, Ford did have a +20 PER last season. If Lawson can reach those heights, he just might be exactly what the Cavaliers need.
However, if the Cavaliers feel they must take a big man, as Windhorst suggested in his article in the ABJ, then I would like to see the Cavs take Marreese Speights or Darrell Arthur if he somehow slips to them. I’d even rather see Hibbert taken than some major high risk, high reward pick like Koufos or JaVale McGee. But I think Speights and Arthur are the safer picks with higher upsides than Hibbert.
In the end, what I think the Cavs should do with this pick is:
What The Cavaliers Will Do
The million dollar question. What will Danny Ferry do with this pick. As much as I think Ferry would love to pick a big man with future potential like Speights or maybe even JaVale McGee, I think deep down Danny will realize that the last time he picked based on potential in the first round (Shannon Brown), it blew up on the team. The Cavs can’t waste another first rounder on years of D-League development like they did with Shannon Brown. We’re still a month away and plenty can change, but as of today, May 30, 2008, I am predicting that the Cavaliers pick will be:
…….I’ll let you guys read between the lines on that one…..