In my latest blog for Cleveland.com, I laid out why there’s reason to believe Michael Kidd-Gilchrist could still fall to Cleveland at pick number four. Below is an excerpt from that, where I also recapped our Cavs Draft Lottery Show from Wednesday at Cadillac Ranch:
Anthony Davis at first overall in this year’s Draft is a pick that not even MJ could mess up. Davis is going to the Hornets though, and the Bobcats are on the clock. I can already hear the sweat pounding on their war room table. Not to infer that Charlotte will make a bad pick technically, but I do think they could pass on MKG. The Cavaliers wouldn’t have taken Thomas Robinson from Kansas second overall if they had that chance, for example, but Charlotte might. I spoke with a reliable NBA source on Thursday who told me that Charlotte is high on Robinson, and that could very well happen at two. Maybe I called him because I thought he’d say that, or maybe I didn’t. If they don’t go Robinson at two though, Jordan could also take North Carolina product Harrison Barnes instead. You know, because he went there and all. I expect both guys to truly be beasts in their individual workouts also, both have NBA bodies right now to be fair, and assuming they are able to score on MJ in a pick-up game he just might go with either player at that spot.
With Washington to follow at pick number three, I then starting evaluating what the Wizards might think they need. JaVale McGee is a big they just traded, and Andray Blatche is another guy they simply sent home last season because they didn’t want him around. Andre Drummond from UConn, along with his frame and athleticism, is an option with as much upside as he is tall to pair alongside the veteran Nene. Bradley Beal from Florida is another option, especially if Washington doesn’t think that Jordan Crawford is their long-term answer next to John Wall in the backcourt. When I coupled those two possibilities with the fact that Washington just drafted a Forward in Jan Vessley last year, I started to really believe MKG to Cleveland was possible all over again.
A unique aspect of this Draft in particular is that there are a number of distinctly different players hovering around the top-10. Players who all possess different skill-sets that any number of NBA teams could fall in love with for any number of reasons. Besides Kidd-Gilchrist, Thomas Robinson is a bruising Power Forward who can step out and shoot a little bit. Harrison Barnes is still that player loaded with all those physical gifts that made him the top prospect in a high school class that included Kyrie Irving. Andre Drummond has All Star center potential, and size you can’t teach no matter how bad he shoots free throws. Bradley Beal’s jump shot is as pure as any player entering the NBA in recent memory. If Perry Jones III from Baylor is able to get his mind right, his upside is limitless as a 6-10 Small Forward in today’s NBA.
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