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Derrick Williams wowed scouts in the NCAA tournement and could be the best talent in the 2011 draft.
Just Cleveland's luck that they grab the first pick in a weak draft. With very few "sure things," many are calling this year's draft class the worst since the draft of 2000 where Mike Miller earned Rookie of the Year honors. The first pick does give the Cavaliers some options, however, and they really need to do their due diligence and maximize the pick. That is why trading it is the way to go, and there are two franchises they could turn to deal with.
The overwhelming favorite to go No. 1 this year seems to be Kyrie Irving. Irving looks like a quality NBA point guard: smart, good size, high basketball I.Q. Problem is he appears more Andre Miller than Derek Rose, solid, but unspectacular. Plus, as funny as it sounds, point guard may be the Cavaliers strongest position with the aforementioned Davis and the often underrated Ramon Sessions sharing the duty. Obviously, neither is a long-term solution, but both are serviceable.
Enter the Timberwolves. The Minnesota Timberwolves own the second pick, just missing the opportunity to pick first despite having the worst record in the NBA. They went point guard crazy two years ago, drafting three in the first round, but still have a major hole at that position. The T-Wolves might jump at the opportunity to grab the Duke product.
Trading the first pick for the second and a player (push for Spanish product, Ricky Rubio, but maybe grab last year's first-rounder, Wes Johnson) could help bolster their talent. The pick they receive could then be used to draft athletic forward, Derrick Williams. The 6'8" forward amazed scouts in the NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament with his deft outside touch and unique combination is size and athleticism.
This scenario works two-fold. If the Cavs pull of the trade, the great point guard of the future that the can actually afford to wait on in Rubio and an athletic scoring prospect with a high ceiling in Williams.
Another possibility could reside in L.A. The Clippers drafted Eric Bledsoe with the 18th pick last year, but he was inconsistent at best. Pairing a quality point man with Blake Griffin is certainly a priority and could possibly land you all-star center Chris Kaman. The oft-injured Kaman is a quality scorer and rebounder who could really help the struggling Cleveland offense. While he, in no way, would be a top pick in any draft, he would fit in nicely with young power forward J.J. Hickson and rugged center Anderson Varejao.