Cleveland Cavaliers: What’s The Strategy For The Team’s Late 1st Round Pick?

It’s likely the Cleveland Cavaliers will have a top-3 pick in this year’s NBA Draft. While that’s obviously going to be a potential franchise player for the team, they also have a selection in the late first round as well. The decision on who they chose with the late first will be based on their first pick. Going best available on both picks is the ideal situation for a rebuilding franchise.

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Whether or not the Cavs go, Zion Williamson, Ja Morant, R.J. Barrett, or Jarrett Culver, they’ll have some holes to fill. The decision to draft any of the aforementioned players will come down to who’s the best player available. It’s expected these are the top-four in this year’s draft. That’s not where the tough decision-making comes into play.

Those names are the obvious ones. Who the Cavaliers draft in the late first is the real decision. You can find gems with the later picks in the first round. Sometimes these players end up as superstars. While no player in the back half of the first round really stands out in this year’s draft, the Cavs might still be able to find a diamond in the rough.

Assuming Cleveland doesn’t get the 1 pick (which all fans should pray they won’t) and don’t take Zion Williamson, the options are wide open. It’s likely the Cavs will take either Ja Morant or RJ Barrett. Both are backcourt players. However, this will allow the Cavs to take a frontcourt option in the back half of the draft.

Ideally, this would be the best scenario. Morant and Barrett would help the team a lot more than Willamson would. Nonetheless, there hasn’t been a more overhyped prospect to come into the NBA in its history. Morant and Barrett are sure things.

The Cleveland Cavaliers would be guaranteed a superstar regardless of which one of the two they took. That’s why some of the pressure to take a superstar in the back half of the draft would be eased. There are a lot of options at the team’s disposal.

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While the frontcourt is quite loaded with Tristan Thompson, Kevin Love, John Henson, Cedi Osman, and Larry Nance Jr., the opportunity for developing a prospect will only help the team’s future

One name that’s drawing interest in the back half of the draft is Maryland’s, Bruno Fernando. He’s a 6’10” Center, who’ll likely end up as a Power Forward. Fernando is already an NBA defender. All he needs to do is work on his offensive game. What he does have is great footwork, something that will come in handy against some of the NBA’s more elite big men.

If the team is looking for a SF who can slide Cedi Osman to the 4 or spell him off the bench, Talen Horton-Tucker, a freshman out of Iowa State, is a great option. He’s able to shoot the three-ball. Horton-Tucker took 4.5 three’s per game during his rookie season at Iowa State. In addition, Horton-Tucker can contribute with the counting stats as well.

There are other possibilities for the Cleveland Cavaliers. Assuming they are forced to take Williamson (or select Jarrett Culver), the team will look guard with the late first. Tyler Hero (Kentucky, Freshman) and Luguentz Dortz (Arizona State, Freshman) are two options for them. Although, even if Morant or Barrett are taken first, the big men option still remains strong. Point is, no matter how the dominoes fall for the Cavs, they’ll have great players available.

With two first-round picks, the Cleveland Cavaliers can add two rotation players to their roster. One should be a superstar, while the other is a consistent option for the team as a starter or in a bench role. In fact, there’s really no wrong the Cavs can do here. However, it would benefit them more if Zion Williamson weren’t the choice. Although, whatever the options are, there will be some great talent coming to Cleveland.

What do you think the Cleveland Cavaliers will do in the NBA Draft? Leave a comment below.

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