Crossover Chronicles Mock Draft: Cavs Take Kanter at Four, and Keep Him

The Crossover Chronicles NBA Mock Draft saw Derrick Williams and Brandon Knight go off the board in succession after the Cavaliers took Kyrie Irving at one. So with the fourth pick, selecting on behalf of Chris Grant, I took Enes Kanter. 

From my mock draft write-up earlier on CC:

With Kyrie Irving already on board by way of the first overall selection, the Cavs had hoped that one of either Derrick Williams or Enes Kanter would fall into their laps at pick number four.  If neither player was available at four, Cavs GM Chris Grant would have been working the phones feverishly while the second hand on David Stern’s pocket watch ticked towards pick number five, looking to trade out of this spot.

He doesn’t have to trade this pick now though, because just as Utah made Brandon Knight the third overall selection, a guy Cleveland hoped would fall just fell.  As a result, the Cavaliers select Enes Kanter with the fourth overall pick, and they are not trading him either.

Enes Kanter makes sense on multiple levels for the rebuilding Cavs.  As Michael mentioned previously, he is the best player on the board in a draft that goes Irving, Williams, Knight.  For a team that lost as many games as Cleveland did a season ago, they could use as many best players available as they can find. That reason alone makes him a solid way to invest the fourth overall pick.

Additionally, Kanter also both fits a need and can help the team immediately which makes this pick a no-brainer.  The Cavaliers have a couple of decent PF’s when you’re talking about JJ Hickson and Anderson Varejao, but neither proved the ability to play Center last season for any significant stretch of the season.

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Few thoughts on trading the fourth pick overall *IF* Enes Kanter is on the board there…

I don’t think Kanter will fall to four. Reports yesterday out of Utah were that the Jazz were not thrilled with Brandon Knight’s approach to his recent workout there, and it just feels too fluid up at the top two picks to accurately predict what will happen on Thursday.  Fans  out in Utah are also referring to Derrick Williams as DWill2, and there’s talk of even moving Millsap to get up from three to go after Williams there.  So it doesn’t appear Utah is settled on Knight as the next John Stockton, and there could be a number of different scenarios in play with their pick.

There was also a rumor earlier in the week that the Wizards were interested in dealing their 6th and 18th pick to Utah to get up to the number three spot and draft Enes Kanter there.  Yesterday, this report was also linked as a possibility to the Cavaliers at four.  The Cavs trading their fourth pick, presumably Utah wouldn’t be interested in the Wizards’ offer, and in return they’d acquire Washington’s 6th and 18th for the right to team John Wall up with Enes.

I expect trades, fireworks, and all sorts of things exploding from the Cavaliers camp on Thursday to be sure, but I don’t expect the Cavaliers to deal Kanter if they can draft him and keep him.  I would totally expect the Cavs fourth pick to be moved if Kanter and Williams do indeed come off before the Cavs pick though.  If that happens, I hope they make a deal because there’s nobody I then want deserving of the 4th overall pick left on the board.  The BPA at that point is Brandon Knight most likely, and I would both look to see, and like to see, the Cavaliers make some type of deal back to a team that wants Knight.

My thing with “trading Kanter” – should that be the player acquired at four – is I think that decision would be a case of over-thinking this whole thing way too much.  Sure you could get the 6th and the 18th pick of the draft, but isn’t this still a weak draft class?  I realize everyone is getting to know these guys by now, but how much better is the player you can get at 18 than the player you can get at 32?

Sometimes the simplest move is the smartest.  The Cavaliers were never going to completely rebuild in this one draft anyways, even if they ended up trading for every pick in the first round.  It will probably take two more after this, unfortunately.  Kanter and Irving are as good of a start as anybody can hope for, though.  If Kanter falls, take him, and let’s keep it moving.   

Brendan Bowers

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