The Cleveland Cavaliers Should Take Derrick Williams No. 1 in the NBA Draft

Ryan KennedyAnalyst IIMay 20, 2011

ANAHEIM, CA - MARCH 26:  Derrick Williams #23 of the Arizona Wildcats reacts after a dunk against of the Connecticut Huskies during the west regional final of the 2011 NCAA men's basketball tournament at the Honda Center on March 26, 2011 in Anaheim, California.  (Photo by Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images)
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There is apparently a concensus that Kyrie Irving is the best player coming out this year.

While I have no doubts that he is more than qualified to be a top pick in this year's draft, Derrick Williams deserves more consideration than he is currently receiving. The Cleveland Cavaliers have holes at just about every position except for maybe Power forward, if you believe in J.J. Hickson.

The Cavaliers lack any true scoring power and Williams would bring that to the table immediately. He is a powerful scorer who does not mind banging around the basket; even though he is undersized for a power forward, he plays much like one and would cause matchup problems against smaller small forwards much like LeBron James does (no, I am not saying he will be that good).

He understands the defensive end of the game and will add rebounding help. Williams is not a great shooter now, but has developed over the past year.

The NBA is turning into a point guard led league without a doubt but is Kyrie Irving really going to be a true All Star at the next level.

Irving did not displays the kind of athleticism that Derrick Rose, Chris Paul or even Russell Westbrook has shown this past year. Irving has already shown to be injury prone and his lack of laying time against superior opponents could be something of a concern. It is one thing to be throwing up huge numbers against scrubs teams in non-conference play.

It's a completely different thing to do that in your conference schedule against North Carolina.

The biggest reason I would not pick Kyrie Irving with the No. 1 overall pick is that there are two perfectly good point guards who may turn out to be just as good, if not better, in Kemba Walker or Brandon Knight at the No. 4 spot.

Kemba Walker has showcased his ability to perform on the highest level much like Derrick Williams.

Derrick Williams combined with either Kemba Walker or Brandon Knight adds scoring and solidifies two key positions rather than a point guard and what projects to be a foreign project.

The Cleveland Cavaliers need immediate help and this is the best draft strategy to get them back on track to be on top of the Eastern Conference sooner rather than later.

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