Nick Gilbert won two more contests of chance last week, as he properly identified which side would be facing up when a couple critical coins first left David Stern’s hand. As a result of the more valuable toss, the Cavaliers now sit with the third best chance of drafting Anthony Davis. Or, the second best chance to lose out on AD and get my guy Michael Kidd-Gilchrist.
[random note] I’ve been having this dream lately where Kyrie Irving is playing PG for the Cavaliers, MKG is at the three, Tristan Thompson’s at the four, and then after throwing all the money the Cavaliers had under the cap this time next year at a certain bearded Shooting Guard from OKC, James Harden is in Cleveland playing the two alongside those three other guys. A young Zydruanas Ilgauskas also starts at the five in my dream though, and a dramatically improved Vitaly Potapenko is his back-up, so take all that for what it’s worth I guess. [end of random note]
What’s important for the Cavaliers at the moment, however, their next toll booth along NBA championship highway if you will, is the upcoming NBA Draft Lottery. At the end of this month, on May 30th, the Cavaliers will find out where their first draft pick will be come June. They’ll go into that lottery with a 13.8% chance of drafting first overall, a shade better than the fourth seeded Hornets, while also having a 42% chance of picking somewhere in the top-3. ESPN.com’s latest Mock Draft has the top-3 going Davis, Kidd-Gilchrist, and Bradley Beal as of this morning too if you hadn’t heard. Not to infer those guys going one through three should be news to anybody at this point.
Nor would it be a surprise if Nick Gilbert went ahead and did what Nick Gilbert does come May 30th. Again. I’m crossing my fingers and knocking on wood while I type this, but I’d be lying if I also didn’t admit that I’ve become confident in Nicky G’s abilities over the last 12+ months. It’s not just me either, people all over the country have taken notice as well. As evidence to that claim, below is an exchange I had on the phone yesterday with a friend of mine from Portland:
Friend from Portland: I really think Anthony Davis is going to end up to you guys in Cleveland.
Me: Why do you say that?
Friend from Portland: Why? Because the little guy’s on fire bro. He’s like four for four. If they send him to the Lottery again, there’s no way he’s losing.
Our Draft Coverage Here This Month: Our draft coverage here at Stepien Rules will shift more towards a who the Cavaliers should take standpoint starting on June 1, once we all know where the Cavaliers will be picking specifically, but in the meantime we will be looking at a number of players individually. Starting later this week, we will be first highlighting each of the top-10 players in the draft individually, discussing strengths, weakness, and how they could theoretically fit or not fit with the Cavaliers. After that, we’ll be doing the same with the prospects ranked from 20-30, as an introductory preview to that second first round pick the Cavaliers acquired from the Lakers. By the time we’re done with that, it’ll probably be May 30th. So stay tuned, ya’ll.