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Final Predicitions for who the Cleveland Cavaliers will select in tonight’s NBA Draft

Below are my final predicitions for who I believe the Cleveland Cavaliers will select in the 2013 NBA Draft. Be sure to read these now because as soon as the draft ends I will edit accordingly. 

These picks are assuming there is no trade and the Cavs actually make a selection at No. 1, No. 19, No. 31 and No. 33. 

 

No. 1: Alex Len 

I was a guest on 740 The Game in Orlando last night and asked by host Carson Ingle for my final prediction on who I believed the Cleveland Cavaliers will select on Thursday night.

My answer was Alex Len. 

The reasons I gave were that I believe, from everything I’ve heard, that the Cavs view Len as a prospect who can develop into a top-five, back-to-the-basket center in the NBA one day.

I believe they like his offensive upside when paired alongside Tristan Thompson, as well as his abilty to contribute defensively. 

Despite a strong inclination to suggest that the Cavs must go Nerlens Noel if they are selecting a center—along with offering a reminder that Kyrie Irving has a relationship with Noel that could be important to consider—I am staying with Alex Len as my final answer.

The player I would be most comfortable with, however, is Otto Porter from Georgetown.

Here is a link to my article on Porter when I selected him No. 1 overall in SLAM’s Mock Draft which includes my reasoning. 

No. 19: Sergey Karasev

I love this guy. I love that he comes from a basketball family and I love that his Dad, Vasicily, is one of the best European players of the 1990's who once scored 23 against Dominique Wilkens.

I also love that Sergey has the potential to stretch defenses on the NBA level as well as create for others off the wing.

I think that he is a player the Cavaliers could build their second unit around as the 19-year-old Russian continues his development.

He was available for Cleveland at No. 19 pick in SLAM's Mock Draft and I took him there. If it appears he'll be gone sooner, I hope the Cavs trade up the board to get him. 


No. 31: DeShaun Thomas

If the Ohio State scoring machine does not hear his named called during the first round, I think the Cavaliers could do well by taking a flier on Thomas in the second. 

For all that he might not be as a player in a well-rounded sense, Thomas has the unique ability to put the ball in the basket. He could be a guy who comes off an NBA bench for a long time to provide instant offense and I'd like to see him get that shot in Cleveland. 

No. 33: Myck Kabongo

The Cleveland Cavaliers need a backup point guard. Myck Kabongo, from Texas, is represented by Rich Paul and Klutch Sports, the same agency that reps Tristan Thompson. Paul has a good relationship with the Cavaliers and Thompson is friends with Kabongo.

I would not be surprised to see Paul's client get a shot with the Cavs if Cleveland makes the pick they currently own at No. 33. As a player, Kabongo is a talented young point guard who's worth taking a chance in the second round.  

Brendan Bowers

About Brendan Bowers

I am the founding editor of StepienRules.com. I am also a content strategist and social media manager with Electronic Merchant Systems in Cleveland. My work has been published in SLAM Magazine, KICKS Magazine, The Locker Room Magazine, Cleveland.com, BleacherReport.com, InsideFacebook.com and elsewhere. I've also written a lot of articles that have been published here.

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