With the lottery order already being set, Mock Draft are rounding up pretty well, and all teams should be on the board trying to figure out how to make the most of their choice if trading up is a smart move, or even if they would’ve been better off trading away their pick.
One franchise that’s set to face a key offseason has to be the Cleveland Cavaliers, with LeBron James’ future still up in the air as a free agent, trying to either convince him to stay put or try and rebuild without blatantly tanking next season.
Thanks to the Kyrie Irving trade, the Cavs are entitled with the 8th overall pick of this years’ Draft and considering this one’s one of the deepest classes we’ve seen in years, they’re likely to get a standout prospect for their long-term future. Today, we’re going to let you know about the top 5 guys they should consider drafting.
5. Michael Porter Jr
Michael Porter Jr is the best offensive player in this Draft by a long shot, at least talent wise. He’s a combo forward that’s able to create his own shot, shoot off the dribble, attack the rim, connect from midrange and consistently hit from three-point land also, but a back injury kept him on the sidelines for most of his rookie season at Missouri.
He’s a highly risky pick but he’s definitely got that talent worthy of that kind of gamble, and he could play next to LeBron James as an off-ball scorer should the King decide to stay, or flat out hog most of the touches on offense as the team’s franchise player.
4. Collin Sexton
Collin Sexton is on the New York Knicks’ radar at 9th, so he should be available for the Cavs to take him as their starting point guard for the future, with George Hill aging out and Jose Calderon not looking like an NBA player since a very long time.
Sexton is a physical player with a feel for making big plays when it matters the most, he isn’t afraid to attack and draw contact; he’s strong, athletic and very fast, and wouldn’t have much competition as the team’s primary ball-handler if James decides to leave. He’s a bit undersized but makes up with a lot of hustle.
3. Wendell Carter Jr
Wendell Carter Jr is one of the smartest players in this class, has a highly developed basketball IQ, is a great rebounder, willing facilitator and a good face-up scorer. Also, he excels at running the floor and has a nice post game in both ends of the hardwood as well.
On the downside, he needs to put a lot of work in the gym to try and contain bigger and stronger opposition on an NBA level, but he’s made great strides as a stretch big man with the ability to guard all the way to the perimeter as well as below the rim.
2. Trae Young
Trae Young has a lot of question marks over his head right now. He was by far one of the most entertaining players to watch all season long and proved that he can be a volume scorer and also a terrific playmaker, even at an NBA level despite being vastly undersized to play the 2 and not a pure passer to play the 1.
He’s got unlimited range, a sweet stroke and a very high arch and release, but he’s extremely turnover prone and not quite there defensively (and might not ever be). Still, the Stephen Curry comparisons make him quite an appealing asset, but he’s going to take some time and going to make a lot of mistakes over his first couple of seasons.
1. Mo Bamba
Mo Bamba may not be available at 8th with him being on the Chicago Bulls radar, but he’d be the obvious go-to-move for the Cavs should he be up for grabs, being the best defender on this class and it’s not even close, not to mention his Draft combine record 7’10 wingspan.
Bamba has the potential to become a multi Defensive Player of the Year award winner, has terrific awareness, is the best shot blocker of this class and a dominant rebounder, and even if he never develops an offensive touch, he’s got what it takes to finally anchor this disastrous Cavs defense for over a decade.