Although many experts consider this year to be a poor draft class, the 10th pick could quite possibly be the same as the 19th from a talent-perspective. This, of course, could favor the Cavaliers tremendously later in the first round if they hit successfully on their second selection.
Below are a handful of players who could be available at pick No. 19 that also possess the potential to make a bigger-than-expected impact in the Association. Each of these players could also help the Cavaliers immediately, starting with 2013-14 season.
Obviously, what the Cavs do with the 1st overall pick will greatly affect what they do with the 19th. If Ben McLemore is selected at No. 1, they will likely not take a SG at 19. If they pick Otto Porter, they will likely not take a SF and if they take Nerlens Noel they will likely pass on a center.
While the individual workouts that are yet to begin could influence the Cavaliers' ultimate decision, this is my pre-workout prediction for who they could be targeting at No. 19.
Kentavious Caldwell-Pope, SG, Georgia
Pope left Georgia and declared for the NBA draft after his sophomore year. He skyrocketed into the first round with his performance this past season. Caldwell-Pope averaged 18.5 points and 5.9 rebounds per game last year while shooting 43.8 percent from the field and 37.7 from behind the arc.
This organization needs a pure scorer who can create for himself and that is exactly the kind of player that Caldwell-Pope is. He did a great job of creating and making tough shots off-the-dribble this past season, making about 42 percent of his pull-up jump shots.
Being 6’6” at the shooting guard position, he can either be a legitimate scoring threat off the bench or possibly start at the two if the Cavaliers decide to move Dion Waiters into a James Harden circa OKC Thunder role as the sixth man.
Pope is a very similar player to Waiters, but the Cavaliers need to get the best available player with this pick and he could very well be that player. Adding a scoring threat like Caldwell-Pope with the 19th pick would be huge for Cleveland. Hopefully they capitalize if the opportunity presents itself.
Reggie Bullock, SF, North Carolina
Bullock measures in at 6’7” and is listed as a small forward. He averaged 13.9 points, 6.6 rebounds, and 2.8 assist this past season while shooting 47.6 percent from the floor and 42.9 percent from behind the arc.
Not only is Bullock a great perimeter scorer, but during his junior season at UNC he was also charged with guarding the opponent’s best perimeter scorer on a nightly basis. This is one of the biggest reasons why the Cavaliers could make Bullock their pick at 19.
With Mike Brown's focus on the defensive side of the ball, Bullock fits into that mold while adding length to the perimeter. He does a great job of being at the right place at the right time, which is why he averaged nearly 7 rebounds per game this past season.
One downside to Bullock’s game is that he has a hard time creating shots for himself. Set jump shots accounted for more than half of his total shots this past season. Because of the fact that both Kyrie Irving and Dion Waiters can create for themselves, however, Bullock could still be a nice asset on this team.
The other downside, though, is that he lacks explosiveness on both ends of the floor. Depending on how he'd potentially do in training camp, however, Bullock would have a chance to come in and compete for the Cavaliers starting small forward job, while adding needed depth to the position alongside Alonzo Gee.
Jeff Withey, C, Kansas
Withey is one of the tallest players in the draft, standing 7’1”. He was a tremendous defensive center at Kansas and every Cavs fan knows that Mike Brown loves defense. During his senior season, he averaged 13.7 points, 8.5 rebounds, and 3.9 blocks per game while shooting 58 percent from the field.
Withey does a great job of finishing around the basket (ranked No. 1 finisher in college basketball in non-post up situations, converting an outstanding 79 percent of his field goal attempts around the basket) and also does a tremendous job of finishing pick-and-rolls and drive-and-dish situations.
If he is still around, and the Cavaliers don't pick Noel first overall, Withey is definitely a possibility at 19. Although he still needs to develop offensively, he would project to play effectively enough feeding off Irving while stepping right in defensively.
Mason Plumlee, F, Duke
Standing 7’1”, Mason Plumlee is one of the most athletic big men in the draft. During his senior season at Duke, he averaged 17.1 points and 9.9 rebounds per game while shooting 60 percent from the field.
Besides being very athletic, Plumlee does a great job in pick-and-roll situations. He has a lot of experience with this kind of offense, since a lot of Duke’s offense evolved around the pick-and-roll this season.
One of the biggest downsides to his game, though, is his lateral quickness and being able to defend the pick-and-roll. This is why I believe Plumlee may be one of the last big-man options on the board when Cleveland makes pick No. 19. His upside could be worth the risk, however, in a best-player-available-situation.
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