5 Draft Prospects That Would Be a Perfect Fit for the Cleveland Cavaliers
The 2013 NBA draft is just weeks away, and as the date draws nearer, each team's big board grows smaller.
With the combine all wrapped up and draft order set, teams can now begin to focus on the prospects who will best help their team.
For the Cleveland Cavaliers, their search is more complicated than most. Owners of pick Nos. 1, 19, 31 and 33, Cleveland has to plan for what prospects will likely be available at all four of those spots.
Should the Cavs really fall in love with a player that is likely to fall in between some of their spots, it is possible they could move picks around to trade up or back to set themselves up to acquire said player.
For a team with needs across the board, especially at small forward, here are the prospects who would best fit with the Cavs and where they're likely to be picked.
Reggie Bullock, SG/SF, North Carolina
Projected Draft Spot: 25th to 35th overall
2012-13 Stats Per Game: 13.9 points, 6.5 rebounds, 2.9 assists, 1.3 steals, 31.4 minutes
If the Cavs end up keeping at least one of their second-round picks, Reggie Bullock would be a wise choice at No. 31 or 33.
The 6'7" shooting guard/small forward would be a nice addition as a scoring wing off the bench. He can knock down the three-point shot with regularity (43.6 percent last season) and take it to the basket when needed.
Bullock improved noticeably all three years he spent at North Carolina, and he is a smart player who doesn't turn the ball over often.
He could fill the role of a C.J. Miles or Wayne Ellington and would come younger and cheaper than either of the two.
Steven Adams, C, Pittsburgh
Projected Draft Spot: 15th to 20th overall
2012-13 Stats Per Game: 7.2 points, 6.3 rebounds, 2.0 blocks, 23.4 minutes
Steven Adams is the definition of a high-risk, high-reward prospect.
A highly touted freshman from New Zealand, Adams didn't quite live up to his high expectations but was very efficient in the time he spent on the court (23.2 PER).
At 7' and 250 pounds, Adams already has NBA size and comes from an athletic family. His shot-blocking ability would be a welcome addition to the Cavs, and with Anderson Varejao still under contract, Adams wouldn't be pressed into starting duty right away.
This draft has a multitude of centers who could go in the first round, but Adams has a higher ceiling than most.
Sergey Karasev, SF, Russia
Projected Draft Spot: 15th to 25th
2012-13 Stats Per Game: 16.1 points, 3.0 rebounds, 2.4 assists, 32.2 minutes (Russia)
Sergey Karasev is largely unknown is the United States, but the 19-year-old is slowly making a name for himself heading into the draft.
A 6'7" small forward with a left-handed jump shot, Karasev resembles a taller, slower Manu Ginobili. Both have a short, effective shot and can snap off some dynamic passes.
Scouts have raved about his progress as a basketball player despite still being a teenager. At 18, Karasev was invited to join the Russian national basketball team in the 2012 Summer Olympics. He was also named a starter for the World Team at the Nike Hoop Summit, playing alongside and against likely 2014 lottery picks like Andrew Wiggins and Jabari Parker.
The Cavs might be able to snatch Karasev up with their 19th overall pick and could potentially see him as the team's starting small forward ahead of Alonzo Gee.
Nerlens Noel, C, Kentucky
Projected Draft Spot: First overall
2012-13 Stats Per Game: 10.5 points, 9.5 rebounds, 4.4 blocks, 2.1 steals, 31.9 minutes
Most mock drafts will tell you that the Cavs are taking Nerlens Noel, and for good reason.
The 19-year-old freshman has incredible upside if he can stay on the court. He's already in full rehab mode and has added weight to his thin frame.
Noel would be a great fit for the Cavs due to their need at center for a shot-blocker and defensive presence. He also has the most star power potential of the draft class and fits in well with the new wave of smaller, more athletic centers.
With Anderson Varjeao constantly on the trade block and Tyler Zeller looking like a backup, Noel may just be the best draft choice for Cleveland.
Otto Porter, SF, Georgetown
Projected Draft Spot: Third overall
2012-13 Stats Per Game: 16.2 points, 7.5 rebounds, 2.7 assists, 1.8 steals, 35.4 minutes
Porter is the best fit for the Cavs in the 2013 draft, period.
Some may view it as a reach if Cleveland took him first overall, but I doubt Chris Grant cares very much what most draft "experts" think.
Porter is the best small forward in the draft, the position at which Cleveland needs the most help. He can score, rebound, pass and defend. Porter has an unusual-looking shot, but he still connected on 42.2 percent of his three-pointers last season.
As a sophomore, Porter had a PER of 27.3 and was second in the Big East in win shares with 7.2, according to Sports-Reference.com.
He may not have the upside of a Nerlens Noel or Ben McLemore, but Porter is the player who would best fit with the Cavs and their current roster.
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