NBA Draft 2011: Who Will the Cleveland Cavaliers Draft Alongside Kyrie Irving?
The Cleveland Cavaliers Will Make Kyrie Irving the First Pick in the 2011 NBA Draft, But Nailing the Fourth Pick is Vital
Derrick Williams would look great wearing a Cavs jersey. I can just imagine Irving getting the ball and starting a two-on-one with Williams running right beside him. Irving would get the player to commit and then lob to Williams for a thunderous slam. But, what happens if the Timberwolves draft Williams?
If the Cavaliers can't trade up to get Williams, then they will probably go with Enes Kanter. Kanter would give the Cavaliers a viable scoring option in the low post, outside of JJ Hickson. He is a tremendous rebounder and is very strong. He hasn't played in a year, thanks to the NCAA, but a year with John Calipari can't hurt him. When the 2011 NBA combine started in June, Enes Kanter had the best showing.
So if Williams is gone, Kanter must be the pick right? Not exactly. Cavaliers GM Chris Grant is known for his scouting European players. There are two players overseas that the Cavs could look at.
Jan Vesely and Jonas Valanciunas have to be considered options. Vesely is super athletic and is a great finisher at the rim. Unfortunately he is not as big as scouts would like at 6'11" 230 lbs. He needs to add strength. Vesely is also a poor rebounder. As of right now, he would be destroyed on the glass, in an NBA game. Valanciunas has some of the similar problems. He is 6'11" and 240 lbs. At 19 years old, he needs to add some bulk to his frame. He is a great rebounder and free throw shooter. He needs to develop a low post game and also has to extend his range. Both players have unregistered amounts of potential, but the Cavaliers need someone to play right away.
Kanter would join the Cavs and start at center right away. Cleveland should be happy to have a threat that can develop into a great interior scorer. Kanter needs to be the pick, if they can't trade up and get Williams.
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