In addition to the 4th overall pick on June 28th, the Cleveland Cavaliers also own the 24th, 33rd, and 34th selections. In a continued look at who could be available in the late first round / early second for the Cavs, below is our latest on Quincy Miller from Baylor. Our previous posts in this series on Andrew Nicholson, Will Barton, Draymond Green, Jeff Taylor, Evan Fournier and Royce White can be found here, here, here, here here and here.
No. 24 – Quincy Miller, freshman, Baylor; 2011-12 stats: 10.6 ppg, 5 rpg, 44% shooting
Originally announcing he was returning to Baylor for his sophomore season, Quincy Miller flipped the switch a few weeks later and decided to enter the Draft. Miller might have been better going with his initial decision, as another season in Waco might have given him the chance to show what he is capable of. Since he didn’t, lets talk about what he was able to do.
Despite tearing his ACL his senior year of high school, Miller was able to begin the season on time. He was a very highly touted recruit and had a fairly solid freshman campaign. Miller is a very versatile forward. At 6-10, he has some great skills for a guy his size. He can score from anywhere he wants on the floor; he has a nice jumper and also the ability to play on the block. He has the athleticism to take his man off the dribble as well. He has all the tools to become a real player in the NBA.
His versatility also allows him to play both the 3 and 4. His versatility is huge for him defensively. He is a great rebounder and his length helps him in shot blocking. He has the capability to become a big threat defensively is he keeps progressing. Like many players in this Draft, he needs to add strength. To play the 4, he will have to bulk up to compete defensively, but I envision him playing much of more small forward in the League.
Miller also tends to fall in love with his jump shot sometimes. With his skill-set, he should be using his jumper as an offset to get the defense off balance; he is far too talented a player to shoot primarily jumpers. If Miller wasn’t coming off a blown-out knee, I might have written about him in the top-10. He just oozes potential. And if he can find it, he will become that top-10 talent.
If the Cavs stay where they are with the 4th and 24th picks, Miller is an intriguing option late in the first round. Whether it is MKG, Beal or Barnes at 4, if Miller is there at 24, that could be a great pick-up. I say insert him right into the starting lineup. Adding him to Kyrie, Tristan and one of the earlier three guys I mentioned, the Cavs could be setting themselves up to be one of the most exciting teams in the League.