Number 1 Pick: Options
What a strange year for the Cavs to win the number 1 pick. The top 2 choices, McLemore and Noel, don't fit their needs and wont help keep them out of the lottery next year, like they predict.. The next choice would be Porter but he is a role player and you usually want to get more out of a top pick.. They could reach for Len but they would be best served to just trade down.. Lots and lots of options. Here are a few in more detail:
(In no order)
1. Draft Ben McLemore - To me, McLemore is the best player in the draft but he doesn't fit what the Cavs want. They would be asking him to play SF a lot or asking him to ride the pine. They took a big risk last year on a SG and they will give him every chance to develop. All that aside, he could play with Waiters and Irving.. He compliments their attacking style with his shooting ability.
2. Draft Nerlens Noel - I don't like to say it but Noel's knee worries me.. It is the second serious knee injury he has had and his career hasn't even started yet.. Taking him number 1 is a huge risk and even if he is healthy, he is to skinny too play C fulltime and his lack of offense makes him a liability there.. I see him compared to Larry Sanders sometimes and if he ever gets to where he can make the impact that Sanders does, it would be a decent pick.. The thing is, can he?
3. Draft Porter or Len - Both would be a reach at the number 1 spot but both would better serve needs that the Cavs have. Neither player has the hype surrounding them that McLemore and Noel have but they both could end up being just as good or better. The Cavs have shown that they don't care to reach for a player if they really like them..
4. Trade the Pick to the Pacers - The Pacers could end up playing in the NBA Finals (We will know tonight) and they have a valuable player sitting on their bench that they could trade for the number 1 pick. Granger has been zero help because of injury but could be fantastic for the franchise if they can convince the Cavs that he is the right fit for them.. Also, the thing the Pacers have struggled to find is exactly what Ben McLemore is great at.. Their SGs cant shoot.. LoL. Another thing to think about is the Pacers are going to want to resign David West, since he has been the heart and soul of the team, and Grangers big contract could make them reluctant to go into the luxury tax. IDK how the trade would go because the Cavs have a lot of money coming off the books and could almost absorb Granger's contract. Maybe something like this would be in line:
23rd pick - (Lucas Nogueira, Rudy Golbert, Gorgui Dieng)
1st pick - (Ben McLemore)
19th pick - (Shane Larkin, Dario Saric, Shabazz Muhammad, Tony Snell)
Cavs get the player that pulls them out of the lottery and the Pacers get a great fit with their current team plus move up a couple spots with their late pick.
5. Trade the Pick to the Wolves - For a few drafts, the Wolves have been looking for a SG to fill their needs and for years, they have been holding back the development of Derrick Williams. Well, this is a year that 2 birds can feel the brunt of the same stone. Moving into the number 1 pick to take McLemore without giving up Love or Rubio would be amazing for the Wolves.. This would also help the Cavs because they would get a very promising SF/PF type player, move back in the draft to select a player they want at better value and use later picks for depth at crucial positions. A trade could be similar to this:
9th pick - (Cody Zeller, Alex Len, Steven Adams)
26th pick - (Tim Hardaway Jr., Allen Crabbe, Tony Snell)
1st pick - (Ben McLemore)
19th pick - (Gorgui Dieng, Rudy Golbert)
Both teams fill a need while adding depth.
i think ultimately they go with choice #2...as much as i like mclemore i feel as though he is a high risk/high reward player...Do I think he could be an all star someday? Yes it is possible. On the other hand, Do I think he could end up like some like brandon rush? Yes I think that is also possible. The thing is that there is no player in this draft who has 'definite star' written all over them. I think Noel is the safest pick...even with the injury
How about a 3 way trade with the Cavs, T-Wolves and Magic involving either Tobias Harris/Mo Harkless to the Cavs and Derrick Williams to the Magic and the T-Wolves get the first pick for Big Mac or Noel? Of course you would have to add other players to the trade but just an idea
When was Noel's first serious knee injury?
He sat out most of his sophomore season because of a fractured growth plate in the same knee that he tore the ACL..
I wouldn't consider that a serious injury. It didn't require surgery. He just neglected Dr's advice when it came to allowing the plate to heal. Instead, he rushed back onto his AAU team which most likely caused the fracture to contribute to his ACL tear.
He missed an entire season...... Its a big concern because injuries like that are what cause people to need microfracture surgery..
Regardless, it is a serious injury..
Fanboys will always downplay the bad parts of their favorite players and overblow the bad parts of others..
I actually don't care for Nerlens Noel. I'd like to see the Cavs draft Otto Porter. I think you are exactly what you describe, going overboard on his injuries. The only long-term affects of his type of growth plate fracture are either increased bone growth or decreased bone growth/bone bowing because of the bridge that forms when the fracture is healed. Also, microfracture has to do with building cartilage for joints where the cartilage has become weak. A growth plate is not a joint.
I like trading the 1st pick to the T Wolves for Derrick Williams and the 9th pick. The Cavs get another scorer with a shot at still getting a solid center at 9. Or they can then package the 9th pick and the 19th pick to move up some to take Alex Len.
No thanks. I don't like either of the trade options you mentioned. I would rather keep the pick and take the bpa.
I spoke to this weekend indicated that they feel Len is rising fast and "definitely" could go number 1... for what its worth
I read "trade pick to Pacers" and was like, Man, I need to get some sleep...lol that Pacers would be robbing the Cavs blind with that trade! And i'm a Pacers fan! Granger is really not that valuable. At this point in his career, he's a little but one-dimensional.
Really unfair trade for the Cavs who are trying to acquire as much talent as possible.
Granger is a huge question mark, hasn't played in over a year. Trading the #1 pick and another mid first pick for him is pretty much a gift to the Pacers when the Cavs can find players who may end up being better than DG33 in 2-3 years.
Cavs could use a veteran certainly, but right now they acquire as much talent as they can, they can find a vet SF in free agency.