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2012 NBA Draft: Early Cavs Thoughts

December 22, 2011

The NBA season hasn’t even started yet, but I’m clearly already thinking about next year’s draft.

Let’s face it: the Cavs need to suck again.

Kyrie Irving is going to to be a really, really good point guard. But is he going to be better than CP3, Deron Williams, Derrick Rose, John Wall, or Steve Nash? Those are five of the best PGs in the league, and they have all won the same number of NBA Championships as I have. Zero.

The point is, the Cavs will need to add another top-5, franchise-caliber guy in order to compete for a championship. They do not have enough pieces in place to afford to be mediocre this year.

I realize it is early, but right now I am hoping the Cavs can land an All-Star potential guy at the 2 or 3 position. My reasoning?

1 = Kyrie, 4 = Tristan Thompson, 5 = Anderson Varejao… compared to 2 = Anthony Parker, 3 = Alonzo Gee.

So far, this NCAA season has proved that there is no LeBron James in this draft. That slam-dunk, no-doubt-about-it top pick.

But that doesn’t mean there isn’t a Dwyane Wade or Kobe Bryant somewhere in this class. The guy that’s highly regarded, but no one would have ever bet their mortgage on him becoming a franchise player. Picked somewhere in the 5-10 range.

(Oh and the examples of these latter  guys have infinity times more championships than the former example.)

So with that in mind, I have three guys that should be on the Cavs radar:

Harrison Barnes, SF, UNC (6-8 223)

Actually, we’re personally kind of sour on Barnes here at TCB.  Tony has hated him out principle ever since he was voted as a pre-season All-American before stepping out onto the court. I didn’t like that either, but my gripe with Barnes is that I have a hard time getting on board with any top 10 pick whose game has ever been described as “passive.” No thanks.

Nevertheless, Barnes needs to be considered. He’s big, pretty athletic and has a great jumper. Can’t really create his own shot as well as you’d hope. But he seems to move well without the ball, and I think that might be the more important quality when pairing someone with Kyrie.

Michael Kidd-Gilchrist, SF, UK (6-6 216)

Love MKG. He’s anything but passive. Plays stellar defense, very athletic and gets-buckets around the rim. Also, his nickname is MKG and starred in an HBO documentary. So, clearly we are going to like him a lot.

Problem is, his jumper is suspect. It’s got this weird hitch to it and something about it just doesn’t sit right. On the same note, however, D-Wade never shot well from beyond the arc at Marquette (hovered just above .300) and he has done alright in the NBA.

Jeremy Lamb, SG, UCONN (6-5 185)

As I type this, he’s currently slated as the #2 overall pick to the Cavs on nbadraft.net. Now, when I first saw that a week or two ago, I was mildly furious. I couldn’t have told you why, just that I didn’t think Jeremy Lamb was worthy of the top-3 pick. Maybe it is because he is skinny enough to make Victoria’s Secret models feel insecure about their bodies.

Now, maybe he still isn’t, but he’s at least warmed up to me. Considerably.

Lamb might be the most pure scorer of the three. He’s athletic as hell, is an excellent defender, has a great jumper, and rumor has it that Jay Bilas has been caught jerking it to his 7’1″ wingspan. He also plays like he is seemingly pissed off at times. And I like that.

NBAdraft.net cited concerns over his small shoulders. And I suppose there is some merit behind that because most NBA studs do seem to have broad shoulders… but I also can’t think of any highly touted college player with small shoulders that was an NBA bust. So take this paragraph for whatever it’s worth.

On the other hand, he also did this earlier in the year. I know full well that this was against Columbia. But… the potential!

And really, potential is all we can hope for at this point.

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2 Comments leave one →
  1. Anonymous permalink
    March 8, 2012 2:11 pm

    The last really good player criticized for having “small shoulders” was Kevin Durant. I think he’s doing pretty good for himself in the NBA.

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