The Cleveland Cavaliers are currently the worst team in the NBA and it’s not even close, mostly because they just don’t have the slightest motivation to win games at all this year.
The Cavs have been quite lucky when it comes to the NBA Draft, mostly because they’ve been constantly entitled with the 1st overall pick as they’re always at the bottom of the standings unless LeBron’s on board.
But, truth to be told, they haven’t made a good job keeping the great players they Draft. So, why don’t we take a look at the team they could have if they have kept the players they took in the first place?
PG: Kyrie Irving
Kyrie Irving was taken with the 1st overall pick of the 2011 NBA Draft despite some serious doubts regarding his durability, and he led the team to an NBA Championship by hitting one of the clutchest shots in the history of the game.
Eventually, he demanded to be traded and they sent him to the Boston Celtics, and the Quicken Loans Arena truly miss his crafty moves, crazy handles, and breathtaking crossovers on a nightly basis.
SG: Andrew Wiggins
Andrew Wiggins was taken with the 1st overall pick of the 2014 NBA Draft and was eventually traded to the Minnesota Timberwolves in order to get Kevin Love and put together their big three for the future.
Wiggins hasn’t been able to live up to the expectations and lacks the character to lead a team, but still, he’s a talented offensive player that could be a great scoring complement next to an All-Star.
SF: Jae Crowder
Jae Crowder was taken by the Cleveland Cavaliers with the 34th pick of the 2012 NBA Draft but was immediately traded to the Dallas Mavericks, where he grew to become a top-tier wing stopper.
Crowder’s offensive game isn’t something to brag about, even though he’s a great shooter from both corners. Still, his value comes from his great length and defensive expertise against opposing wings.
PF: LeBron James
LeBron James is the greatest player in the history of the Cleveland Cavaliers and the main reason why they were able to win a Championship a couple of seasons ago against the almighty Golden State Warriors.
Taken with the 1st overall pick of the 2003 NBA Draft, the kid from Akron grew to lead this team in pretty much every significant stat, and he’s a lock to have his jersey hanging high in the rafters when he decides to retire.
C: Tristan Thompson
After taking Kyrie Irving, the Cavaliers took Tristan Thompson with the 4th overall pick of the 2011 NBA Draft to become a dominant big man, mostly because of his ability to own the offensive glass.
Tristan Thompson isn’t your average big man and his offensive game really doesn’t exist, but he’s one of the league’s best offensive rebounders and therefore, a huge source of second-chance points.
Bench: Danny Green, Dion Waiters, Allen Crabbe, Collin Sexton, Jamal Crawford
This team would have quite an explosive second unit had they kept all the players they drafted in the first place, featuring 3 shooters that love hogging as many shots as they can on Waiters, Crabbe and Crawford.
Danny Green would provide some balance in the defensive end as one of the best backcourt stoppers in the league, while also giving them the chance to spread the floor as a great three point shooter.
And last but not least, we find Collin Sexton, who’s called to lead this team in the future. The “Young Bull” still needs to make a better job setting his teammates up and taking care of the rock, but he’s a light out scorer that can bring a lot of joy for Cleveland fans.