Pros and Cons of Cleveland Cavaliers Drafting Joel Embiid with No. 1 Pick

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Pros and Cons of Cleveland Cavaliers Drafting Joel Embiid with No. 1 Pick
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You don't have to look too deeply into the Cleveland Cavaliers' NBA draft history to figure out why they're being so cautious about selecting Joel Embiid with the top overall pick.

In an admittedly weaker and less predictable draft last year, the Cavs whiffed on the No. 1 selection by taking Anthony Bennett, who went on to have one of the worst rookie campaigns for a top pick in NBA history.

There's nothing like public failure to motivate a more thorough approach the second time around.

Even in ideal circumstances, the top pick can't be rushed. There's just too much at stake for any team in this situation. And with Cleveland's specific recent history of draft-day disappointment, this year's pick is one it really can't afford to get wrong.

Embiid is a tantalizing talent. Long, athletic and possessing frighteningly advanced instincts for a player with so little organized basketball under his belt, the 7-footer is precisely the kind of project big man that teams salivate over in the lottery.

It's easy to imagine him forming a potentially terrific foundational duo with point guard Kyrie Irving, but there are reasons for concern as well.

With the June 26 draft creeping closer, the Cavaliers' moment of truth is coming.

Here's what they'll have to consider as they analyze Embiid's franchise-altering potential at No. 1.

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