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Dion Waiters has the potential to become a very good player.
Kyrie Irving has superstar potential, and Tristan Thompson will have every opportunity to prove himself this season now that Antawn Jamison is gone. His game is very much like that of teammate Anderson Varejao, as he’s a great hustle player and rebounder.
Dion Waiters may have been a reach for Cleveland as the fourth overall pick, but that by no means limits his potential in the NBA. Although he’ll carry the weight (no pun intended) of being a lottery pick, Waiters should fit in just fine in Byron Scott’s system.
With Kyrie Irving already running the show, Dion knows he wasn’t drafted to be ‘the guy.’ He’s confident in his game, able to create his own shot, and might be a great option for bench scoring, a role he specialized in at Syracuse.
He may never be the Cavs’ D-Wade, but being their James Harden (who was drafted third overall) would certainly vault him to near ‘star’ status.
When the Cavaliers dealt their No. 24 and both high second-round picks, they were making a clear investment in Tyler Zeller. In what was considered a deep draft, picks were at a premium, and many fans believe the Cavs may have given up too much to acquire the UNC center.
Only time will tell, but Zeller looked great in Summer League, started all four years at Chapel Hill, and has a very well-rounded game. He doesn’t look like the kind of player who will amaze you in the highlight reel, but he does look poised to have a very respectable NBA career.
To me, Zeller's game resembles that of a young Zydrunas Ilgauskas. People may think of ‘Big Z’ as a slow-footed spot-up shooter, but before his numerous foot surgeries, Ilgauskas had a dynamic offensive game, and could run the floor well in addition to knocking down the 18-footer.
Perhaps the Zeller selection is no coincidence, as Ilgauskas is now the team’s Assistant GM.
Why the Cavs are better than the Indians and Browns
The Indians’ 2012 season has proven just how good they really are. Unfortunately for the Tribe faithful, their young core doesn’t have what it takes to stack up on its own. Until the Tribe can sign some effective veterans, the core of Carlos Santana, Asdrubal Cabrera, Shin-Soo Choo, Michael Brantley and Jason Kipnis is nothing more than a .500 team at best.
While all of those players are talented contributors, none of them have the potential to be the true ‘face’ of a franchise, as Grady Sizemore once was. All are talented enough to endear fans, but none will ever prove themselves the premier talent at their respective position.
The Browns look to have invested wisely in third overall pick Trent Richardson. Although his yards-per-carry aren’t through the roof, he’s done something his teammates can’t do, and that’s score touchdowns.
He’s looked good in the limited chances he’s had to run the ball, but that he’s averaging just 16 carries a game shows the Browns are lost in terms of play calling and game planning. He should be getting at least 20 carries a game, preferably closer to 25-30.
Joe Haden has established himself as one of the league’s elite defensive backs, but no one outside of Cleveland seems to have taken note. His four-game suspension has proved the death of the Browns secondary this season, however, and until the team starts winning, he won’t be recognized nationally as a star.