I write for a little online publication in the Cleveland area and i was tasked with writing an article about the Cavs at 30....
it's pre-editing so sorry if there's flaws...
Sorry to say it Cavalier fans, but the success rate for guys whose name was the 30th name called is not high. On the bright side, there are some guys who went 30th that have gone on to have good success, a couple who have had great. Since 1989, only five players are household names for NBA fans, and a couple others had decent off the bench careers. Gheorghe Muresan, Roger Mason Jr., our own floppy haired favorite Anderson Varejao, David Lee, and Gilbert Arenas who technically went 31st but Minnesota had to forfeit their first round pick, so Arenas was the 30th player drafted. Five players in the last 20 years do not look bright, but since 2001, four of those five were the 30th picks.
So where do the Cavs go from here? The question to be asked is whether they want to take a guy who can help out within the first year or two or if they want a project player who can help out in the future. Arenas, Lee and Varejao were contributors early in their career but Mason needed to spend some time in Europe before he really contributed in the NBA. The last three 30th picks contributed of two foreign players who stayed overseas to improve before coming over and JR Giddens who spent the majority of his rookie season in the D-League.
At 30, there are a couple guys who were prolific scorers in college who could come in and make an impact off the bench early. Patrick Mills is one of the most prolific scorers in the draft, he averaged 18 points at Saint Mary’s and 14 points for the Australian National team in the Olympics, but really made a name for himself by scoring 20 points against the United States and 22 points against a solid Argentina team in the Olympics. Marcus Thornton averaged 21 points in his senior year at LSU who is a solid but undersized defensive player with a good outside shot. Jermaine Taylor is a true SG with a pure shot and averaged 26 points his senior year. The last prolific scorer is Toney Douglas, a combo guard from Florida State who had his best games in the biggest games, a player who can score at will. The advantage to these guys is that they can help immediately but outside of Taylor, none of these guys have the size to be solid starters at their position.
Option B is to take a guy who is more of a project player that has what it takes to be a real starter in the league but need the time to progress. Victor Claver from Spain immediately comes to mind, the 6’9” small forward has all the skills to be a real player in the league but at 19, he needs time to polish his game in Europe before making the transition to the NBA. Rodrigue Beaubois from France is a lightning fast point guard who is a pure, pass first point guard who reminds me of another point guard that hails from France in Tony Parker.
It’s a tough debate and strong points can be made in either direction, but the Cavs have been in “Keep Lebron” mode since Gilbert took over and they need somebody who can step in now and make an impact. If I had to make a choice, Jermaine Taylor reminds me of Courtney Lee, a great athlete from a small school that slid in the draft because everybody assumed they scored because they were playing against nobody. He’s a great athlete at 6’5 and he’s a strong bodied player who can stretch a defense.
I want the Blazers to get Victor Claver with their 33rd pick but if you guys take him then I guess well take a shot a Collison.
I definately think the Cavs should go the european route at 30 and take a project player. I think Beaubois is a great option here, a point guard with good size that could help guard larger point guards, which is a major deficiency of Moe Williams.
a part of me really wants to go overseas with this pick, whether it be Claver or Beaubois, or if Casspi slips.
The problem in Cleveland is that it's all about the "we have to win now" mentality, it's all about keeping Lebron in Cleveland.
its why I could see a Toney Douglas or Patty Mills pick making sense, i really want Jermaine Taylor though if we take a guy from the states
I just don't see them making a big impact on their roster via pick 30 on the draft, at least in year one. While they can get a quality player, I don't know if they will get a sure fire rotation player for next year, I feel like that has to be done via free agency.
usually it does but scorers can score, especially in Cleveland that is desperately lacking somebody who can come off the bench and put the ball in the hoop.
If Mills or Douglas were drafted, they would be in the rotation next year
I still think Meeks makes the most sense. An upgrade at SG is what they need. Would you really rather play with West than Meeks?
Meeks is projected as a late 2nd rounder. Like at the 50s.
Don't pay attention to where this site has people projected to go. Last year they were way off on a lot of picks. Meeks could easily go #30. The Cavs could use his shooting. Meeks would be a great pick. Really though the Cavs need an athletic forward that can guard multiple positions and take some pressure of LeBron. Somebody like Derrick Brown would be an excellent pick.
I can easily see Jodie Meeks going to Cleveland he looks perfect there, erfect fit. Or how about a guy like Dionte Christmas or Marcus Thorton so that team has scorers besides LBJ23