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2012 NBA Draft: 6 Reasons Why the Cavs Should Take Jared Sullinger
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Could the Columbus native be heading north in 2012?

The Cleveland Cavaliers turned some heads early in the season thanks to the brilliance of rookie sensation Kyrie Irving, the rejuvenated play of Antawn Jamison and the grit of Anderson Varejao.

After a wrist injury cost Varejao the majority of the season and the trade of backup point guard Ramon Sessions, however, the Cavs look effectively dead in the water as far as playoff contention goes.

Cleveland has improved by playing good defense, out-rebounding other teams and letting Kyrie Irving run the show on offense. For a decent rebounding team, however, the Cavaliers rarely play inside. What rare inside scoring they get comes from Tristan Thompson forcing his way to the basket, Antawn Jamison’s circus shots and Anderson Varejao hustling for garbage buckets.

Jared Sullinger is ready to make a splash in the NBA. At 6’9" and 265 lbs., Sullinger plays physical and wants the rock in his hands. After two solid years at Ohio State, the sophomore from Columbus is averaging 18 PPG and 8 RPG during the 2012 NCAA Tournament, shooting 47 percent from the field and 82 percent from the line. He’s the center piece on a very talented Buckeyes team. He would be the ideal next building block for the Cleveland Cavaliers. Here are six reasons why.

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