The Cavaliers certainly raised some eyebrows during the 2012 NBA draft when they selected Dion Waiters at No. 4 and then traded three picks to move up to No. 17 to select Tyler Zeller.
Cleveland needs another playmaker alongside Kyrie Irving in the backcourt, but is Waiters really the answer?
Waiters was a sixth man at Syracuse, and he clearly has the strength to finish with contact and get to the line in the NBA. However, he lacks elite quickness to make an impact right away, so it will take some time for him to figure out opposing defenses and to find a way to score consistently at the NBA level.
If he fully develops, Waiters has a ceiling comparable to that of James Harden. Harden struggled during his rookie season before figuring out how to best succeed in the NBA.
Waiters will have plenty of bumps this season, and whether or not he uses those failures as motivation to get better remains to be seen. Until then, he is in for a rough wake-up call.
Zeller was another interesting selection. The Cavs needed to beef up their frontline, and Zeller will be a player that won't be afraid to stick his nose in the action to fight for rebounds.
But Zeller has a low ceiling. He lacks athleticism, and like Waiters, it will take some time for him to adjust to the type of athletes he will be going up against. Many view Zeller as a player who could have a solid career as a good backup center, and not much else.
That assessment is completely true.