Cleveland Cavaliers GM Chris Grant needs to hit a home run with this pick. Unfortunately landing the top pick brings expectations that will difficult to fulfill in such a mediocre draft. Owner Dan Gilbert infamously declared that the Cavaliers would win a title before LeBron. That obviously didn’t happen but this team is much improved and has a talented young nucleus to work with.
Option #1 – Ben McLemore
If the Cavs had done the logical thing and taken Harrison Barnes last season then there would be very little discussion about what the team would do with this pick. McLemore would have been the easy pick, sliding into the two guard spot between Irving and Barnes.
Option #2 – Nerlens Noel
In what looks to be one of the weakest drafts in recent memory, no single player has separated himself from the field but before his injury, Noel was considered the player with the most upside and odds on favorite to go first. The Cavaliers used their second first rounder in 2012 to take Tyler Zeller out of North Carolina and have Anderson Varejao under contract for the next two seasons so Noel doesn’t necessarily fill a position of need but his length, athleticism and upside may be too much to pass up.
Option #3 – Alex Len
The Maryland sophomore is out 6 months after having surgery on his left ankle for a stress fracture and along with Noel and Anthony Bennett is unable to work out for teams leading up to the draft.
Option 4 – Otto Porter
If the Cavs were to make this pick based purely off of need then Porter would be the guy. He makes the most sense from a roster standpoint as he fits the biggest need/hole in the Cavs current roster.
Option #5 – Trade
The Cavs already have a number of young and talented players on their roster. What they don’t have is experience.