Archive - May 2013 - Article
The post-LeBron era for the Cavaliers has gone relatively well, at least from an NBA Draft lottery perspective. Lady luck was on the team's side again this season as the team won the Draft Lottery once again. If the Cavs end up making this pick it will be the fourth top four selection this team has made in the last five years. The team landed budding superstar Kyrie Irving with the top overall selection in 2011, Tristan Thompson three picks later and Dion Waiters last season. Irving has been a stud, Thompson serviceable and the jury is
Needs: C, SG, PG
Picks: 11, 35, 42
There's an expression in the scouting industry, "draft for talent, trade for need". Basically you never want to pass on a Michael Jordan because you already have Clyde Drexler as the Trailblazers did back in 1984. And some feel you never even take team need into consideration, just take the player who's highest rated on your board at your pick, and acquire assets, unless you happen to be one player away and have no assets to trade or cap space to make changes to your roster. At the top of the draft it's all about maximizing talent at your draft position.
With the entire draft order now set after the May 21st lottery, here is take # four on an extrended mock draft with breakdowns of each of the first round selections, with team needs factored in.
The 2013 draft lottery will be held on May 21st at 8:30 PM ET. Here is a look at the lottery teams and their odds of winning.
From May 9th to 12th in London, the finals of the Nike Junior International Tournament took place in conjunction with the Euroleague Final 4. The qualifying teams were: Red Star Belgrade, Joventut Badalona, Spars Sarajevo, Lietuvos Rytas, FC Regal Barcelona, INSEP, China and England. The final game took place at the O2 arena and was won in blowout fashion by Joventut, who were led by break out MVP shooting guard Alberto Abalde, by a 82-59 finish. Here is a list of players that showed the most potential: