I really wanted to see the Cleveland Cavaliers draft Michael Kidd-Gilchrist last night. I had completely convinced myself that Thomas Robinson would end up going second to the Bobcats. There was no doubt in my mind that Bradley Beal would go three to the Wizards. MKGtoCLE felt R-E-A-L. I was planning on toasting the pick at our Draft Tweet-Up immediately upon its announcement. One of those ‘remember where you were moments in Cleveland sports history’ was about to unfold, I thought. The Bobcats would take Kidd-Gilchrist off the board at pick number two, however, and the dream died. Quickly. It took me about twenty-minutes to realize what just happened. Then #DionWaitersToCLE did.
Wadduppppp yourself, D. Welcome to Cleveland.
I’m not going to get too carried away with the fact he didn’t start as a sophomore at Syracuse last year either. It is kinda strange to wonder what he did at practice to make Boeheim not start him, but then again there was a lot going on last year at ‘Cuse. He averaged 24.1 minutes per game last year, shot 48% from the field, 36% from three, and averaged 12 points, 2 rebounds and 2 assists. He tests out through the roof analytically, there’s reports of GM’s around the League saying they secretly had him high on their respective board now surfacing this morning, and he’s definitely a young kid loaded with potential. He’ll be an exciting player in transition on the wing next to Kyrie Irving, and he may have been the best wing player available at pick number four. My Cavaliers board read MKG, Beal, Harrison Barnes. MKG and Beal were gone. The Cavaliers liked Dion Waiters more than Harrison Barnes. It’s that simple really, and now Waiters is a Cavalier.
Thanks for stopping by the Draft Tweet-Up Last Night, you guys: Really appreciate everybody that came by Mullarkey’s last night. Big shout out to Cleveland.com and Glenn Moore for teaming up with us to broadcast live from Mullarkey’s Pub in Downtown Willoughby. Great working with the Social Dudes as always on everything. Thanks to Gray & Company, Team Cribbs, the Cleveland Browns, Verizon, Fresh Brewed Tees and Sports Time Ohio for the giveaways. Really awesome of you guys, and I had a lot of fun. Hope we can do it again soon. Felt like the broadcast with Glenn went great, and thanks to everybody who participated on Twitter in the Cavaliers Trivia Contest we put together too. I plan to be recapping the party in a bit more detail over the weekend, but just wanted to genuinely say thanks first this morning.
I’ll be down at the media availabilities later today and plan to have more here at StepienRules following all that. More on Tyler Zeller then too; not mad at either pick, feel like the Cavaliers got two nice pieces last night.