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Playoffs were never on my mind for the Cavaliers this season. Being in the top five of the draft was.
As it stands right now, the Cavs would have the fourth most Ping-Pong balls in the lottery. With this years’ draft being called a deep one, that bodes well for Cleveland fans. On ESPN’s mock draft lottery, the top five picks are any combination of Kentucky’s Anthony Davis and Michael Kidd-Gilchrist, Kansas’s Thomas Robinson, Florida’s Bradley Beal and UCONN’s Andre Drummond. Davis and Kidd-Gilchrist will most likely go one, two by just about everyone’s estimation.
Any one of those players would look great in Wine and Gold though, but I don’t see the Cavs going after Robinson with Tristan Thompson locking down the 4. Davis is the clear-cut number one pick and rightfully so. He dominates games on the defensive end so well that he doesn’t have to score to be the best player on the court, as seen in the National Championship game. The Cavs would have to win the lottery to grab him, but that would be not only a dream scnearion, but also a great way to press fast forward on this rebuilding process.
Pairing him with Thompson would give the Cavs one of the best, and youngest, defensive frontcourts in the game. Drummond, on the other hand, is a bit of an enigma to me. At times this season, he was as dominant as advertised. Other times, he disappeared for long stretches. Someone of his talent shouldn’t have that happen, but that can be helped with proper coaching. Also, like Davis, he would be able to pair with Thompson as well for a superior defensive frontcourt and could be available for the Cavs if they want to go in that direction.
In Beal and Kidd-Gilchrist, the Cavs would come away with players who fill gaping holes. Beal would be able to step in right away and give the Cavs that athletic, scoring two guard they have been lacking for, oh, a while. He has unlimited range and would be an ideal running mate next to Kyrie Irving for seasons to come. With Kidd-Gilchrist, his spot is being occupied by Gee, but, Kidd-Gilchrist is just such a pure basketball player, I think he would have no problem playing with Gee.
Plugging him into the 2 or 3 would help the Cavs immensely. He is an elite defender, rebounds very well for his position and is able to finish in traffic almost anytime he wants. While anything can happen between now and the end of the season, the Cavs seem to be well on their way to a top five draft pick. And I would love to have any of those five guys on our team.