Cavs 2012 NBA Draft Picks: Grades, Results and Anlaysis
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Here you will find all the information you need for the Cleveland Cavaliers.
Pages will be added periodically for every move the Cleveland Cavaliers, Chris Grant and the rest of the front office up in Cleveland. Check back often for updates, including analysis on any trades, player information and analysis on any player drafted.
Don't forget to look at the final slide. Draft grades will be assigned for every selection and move, along with the overall grade for the Cavs 2012 draft.
Cavs Draft Plans
Good golly. Where can we start with the Cavs?
Okay, basically they need anything they can get, besides a franchise point guard of course, which means the best thing for them to do is get the best possible talent from their picks.
Of course, the view on Cleveland has been that they are going to acquire a wing player, either a small forward or shooting guard, which is good for them, as there should be at least one player who has the potential to be an all-star at their first pick that meets that criteria.
Bradley Beal seems to be on the top of their list, but after Washington traded for Trevor Ariza and Emeka Okafor, it's nearly a lock that they take him with the No. 3 pick. Cleveland, in turn, has been attempting to flip the Nos. 4 and 24 picks for Charlotte's No. 2 pick.
If Charlotte balks at a trade for their pick, Cleveland would likely end up picking between Michael Kidd-Gilchrist out of Kentucky and Harrison Barnes from North Carolina, although recent rumors have swirled around Dion Waiters as a potential dark horse.
Going further down in the draft, Cleveland needs depth at nearly every position, so unless they trade their later picks we should see a good mix of big defenders and small playmakers.
No. 4 Pick, Dion Waiters, G, Syracuse
For the second year in a row the Cleveland Cavaliers have baffled their fans with the No. 4 pick in the NBA Draft.
Cleveland selected shooting guard Dion Waiters out of Syracuse with their first pick in the 2012 NBA Draft as boos rained down from the Prudential Center.
Before we go out and criticize the pick, let's take a look at the player they've drafted.
Waiters may not have started in college, but he played the minutes that a starter would get and averaged 12.6 points per game. He's got the ability to get to the rim and score in contact, which is something that should pair well alongside Kyrie Irving.
There is some question as to what his ceiling is, and what his worst possibility is, but to find that out we're just going to have to wait until the season starts.
The grade for now is a C-, but it's more of an "incomplete" at this point.
Trade for Tyler Zeller
The Cleveland Cavaliers flipped the Nos. 24, 33 and 34 picks for the Dallas Mavericks 17th pick, which was Tyler Zellar, the center from North Carolina.
Basically, Cleveland traded the chance to get a steal later in the draft for a guy who is going to be a decent center for the next decade. Is he worth three picks? Absolutely not. Is it going to help the Cavs? I guess.
It doesn't make sense that they went out and blew the rest of their draft on Zeller when they could have easily gotten a guy in free agency to do more than Zeller will do for them in the long run.
Final Grade: C-
Cleveland did something tonight that they've done pretty consistently over the past few years. Taking J.J. Hickson back in 2008 was a bit of a shock, as was Christian Eyenga in 2009. Tristan Thompson was a stunner last season and both picks this year were baffling.
What we need to look at here is how those picks worked out.
J.J. was good when he played with a guy who could distribute the ball and let him do his thing down low, Eyenga was fun to watch, but he's still growing and Thompson has proven to be a good defender, he just has some work to do to make up for his offensive lapses.
In the end, there's no real way to judge what we've seen the Cavs do tonight until we see these guys on the floor.
However, what seems to be true is Cleveland could have easily traded down to pick Waiters, which gives them a bit of a knock on their grade and they seem to have overpaid for Tyler Zeller (even if they did get Kennea Azubuike in the deal).
Just hope it works out for the best, Cavs fans.
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