Position: Small Forward
2012-13 Season Averages: 27.88 PER, 16.3 PPG, 7.4 RPG, 2.7 APG, 1.9 SPG, 42.7% 3PT
True leader and floor general; lacks a glaring weakness in terms of skill; very long and athletic player; superb mid-range jump shot; shoots well off of the dribble; excellent three-point shooter; elite all-around defender; sees the floor well; solid facilitating abilities.
Must bulk up to defend the post at the next level; tendency to be too selfless; not an explosive athlete.
Why It Works
Cleveland Cavaliers fans want the team to draft Nerlens Noel, secretly because they're holding out hope for LeBron James to return to where he started in 2014. The question is, will Dan Gilbert and the Cavaliers actually refrain from drafting a small forward in order to pursue LeBron?
That would be very unlikely.
This isn't to suggest that the Cavaliers will not be in the running for James, but instead, it acknowledges what they've learned since his departure. If you have no contingency plan, there will be nothing but negative repercussions.
With or without him, Cleveland still needs help at small forward.
Kyrie Irving is running point, Dion Waiters is at shooting guard and Tristan Thompson plays power forward. All three of those players are still very young and are considered to be a big part of Cleveland's future.
Furthermore, center Tyler Zeller was a first-round draft choice in 2012. Anderson Varejao, meanwhile, was not dealt at the trade deadline, thus suggesting that Cleveland remains committed to their injured star.
Selecting a do-it-all small forward is the only logical move.