I wrote an article for Cleveland.com earlier today highlighting the fact that the Cavaliers are in a position to use only two drafts in order to acquire the same number of core pieces that the Oklahoma City Thunder did in three.
Here is a link to that article, and below is an excerpt:
They followed the Durant pick by selected Russell Westbook and Serge Ibaka 4th and 24th overall in 2008, and then drafted James Harden 3rd in 2009. During Durant’s first two seasons, however, the Thunder won a combined total of only 43 games. They lost enough in Durant’s second season, with a record of 23-59 overall, to be a lottery team able to take Harden 3rd that following summer. That doesn’t need to happen for Cleveland in year two of the Kyrie Irving Era though, and shouldn’t based on the current position the Cavs have put themselves in.
If the season ended today, and the Lottery balls bounced according to wins and losses, the Cavaliers would find themselves picking 4th, 26th, 33rd, and 34th overall in the 2012 Draft. If you include the two first round picks last season of Kyrie Irving and Tristan Thompson, that would mean the Cavaliers would have been able to add a player drafted 1st, 4th, 4th, and 26th in the last two drafts heading into next year. When compared to the 2nd, 4th, 24th, and 3rd selections OKC spent on Durant, Westbrook, Ibaka, and Harden respectively over that three-year stretch, the picks are just about identical.
Check it out if you get the chance, and thanks if you do.
Full Article at Cleveland.com: On the Cavaliers 2012 Draft and accelerating the “Oklahoma City Model”