I am selecting for the Cavaliers in the 2013 SLAM Mock Draft. I picked Otto Porter No. 1 overall and that article published on Wednesday.
Below are a few of my reasons why.
Otto Porter is a 19-year-old, 6-8 small forward with a wingspan that measured 7-1.5 at the NBA Draft combine.
As a sophomore at Georgetown, Porter demonstrated a well-rounded skill set that helped him improve his numbers to 16.7 points and 7.5 rebounds. He also increased his efficiency from three-point range by connecting on 43 of his 102 attempts from behind the arc.
On a Cavs team where Irving will be the primary ball-handler and scorer—followed by Waiters at the shooting guard position—Porter is a player who can plug into the small forward spot and impact in the game in multiple ways.
He is not a ball-dominant wing who needs to put it on the deck with regularity to be effective, but he is also a capable ball-handler when needed.
In addition to running the break alongside Irving, Porter will also be able to capitalize on scoring opportunities in the half court. When defenses overplay Kyrie, Porter has the ability to make them pay on the catch-and-shoot as well as on dives to the basket.
That same dynamic would play well on the opposite wing when defenses collapse on Waiters.
Porter is also a young player who could impact the game on the glass at the next level. Only eight small forwards in the NBA averaged at least seven rebounds last year and Porter has the potential for that type of production.
I also made a few other points that might be worth checking out whenever you have time. The article link is as follows: SLAM Mock Draft; The Cavs kick things off with a do-everything small forward.