After I hypothetically traded pick number 24, along with pick number 4, in order to move up to 2 and select MKG yesterday, I wanted to explore what could be possible after that. If this was the NFL Draft, the Cavaliers could very well trade their two second round picks to move back into the first round. Maybe somewhere around number 24, maybe even higher. But this isnt’ the NFL Draft, it’s the NBA.
High second round picks are valuable in the sense that a team could take a chance on a first round talent who may have slipped through into the 2nd round without having to offer a guaranteed contract. Most times, however, 2nd round picks don’t the team. Isaiah Thomas doing what he did for the Sacramento Kings this past season as pick no. 60 in last year’s Draft is most definitely an exception.
What the Cavaliers could do with these two picks is find one guy who can become a quality rotation player / fringe starter over the next few seasons in my opinion. Essentially two chances to hit on one player. The other option is to select one or two European players, stash them overseas for a while, and see what happens from there. The latter isn’t as exciting to talk about though, so I’ll instead focus on the idea of selecting two players there in hopes that one begins to help you win next season.
The top-6 names out there in the 2nd Round right now, according to my guy Joe Kotoch at ProBasketballDraft, include Tony Wroten Jr. from Washington, Doron Lamb from Kentucky, Will Barton from Memphis, Drew Gordon from New Mexico, Draymond Green from Michigan State, and Darius Miller from Sacramento. Joe has Fab Melo from Syracuse coming off the board at 30, and the Cavaliers selecting Barton and Gordon in his latest mock.
How good those guys could be in the NBA, or how well they might fit on the Cavaliers is anybody’s educated guess. Nick Mancini highlighted the upside of Will Barton previously here at Stepien Rules, and I kinda like that guy a little bit as far as somebody to take a chance on. I like Draymond Green and Doron Lamb as well. If Tony Wroten Jr. is there at 33, I’d also take a flier on him for whatever that’s worth.
Those four guys I mentioned I might also be willing to take at 24, which has me willing to move that pick. In making that trade I made yesterday, I do also understand you are agreeing to pass on Fab Melo. If he does go as low as Joe has him at 30, I don’t expect he goes any lower. With this Draft being as deep as it is though, I believe there are options still available in the second round who can provide value.
Below is a list of the players taken with picks number 33 and 34 over the last five years, as well as a few others who were also available:
2011: Kyle Singler was picked 33rd, Shelvin Mack 34th. Chandler Parsons and Jordan Williams were selected a few picks later.
2010: Hassan Whiteside went 33rd, Armon Johnson 34th. Landry Fields and Devin Ebanks went a few picks after that.
2009: Dante Cunningham was drafted at 33, Sergio Llull at 34. The list of quality rotation players selected after them includes DeJuan Blair, Jon Brockman, Jodie Meeks, Jonas Jerebko, Chase Budinger, AJ Price, Danny Green, and then our boy Lester Hudson. Maybe Lester isn’t exactly a rotation player yet, but I felt like calling him that anyways.
2008: Joey Doresey went 33rd, Mario Chalmers went 34th. DeAndre Jordan, Omer Asik, and Luc Mbah a Moute went 35, 36, and 37 respectively.
2007: Marcus Williams from AZ was picked at 33, Nick Fazekas went 34th. Glen “Big Baby” Davis went 35, Josh McRoberts 37, Marc Gasol 48th and Ramon Sessions went 56.
Pick number 33 is only nine spots away from 24. 34 is only ten. I did that math for you, thank me later. If you can turn those two picks into any of the players taken after Llull in 2009 I think you’re doing a pretty solid job. If you can turn them into DeAndre Jordan, Mario Chalmers, Omer Asik, Ramon Sessions, or Glen Davis you’re doing a good job. Turn those two picks into Marc Gasol, Chris Grant, and I’ll nominate you for the Hall of Fame.