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.