NBA Draft 2011: Cleveland Cavaliers Taking Enes Kanter at No. 1?
The Cleveland Cavaliers are working out Enes Kanter for a second time today, leading some to believe that the Cavs are considering taking the Turkish big man with the first overall pick in the 2011 NBA Draft.
From Yahoo! Sports' Mark Miller:
The 19-year-old's manager says the team is considering his client for the No. 1 pick, Yahoo! Sports' Marc J. Spears reports. The team also has the fourth overall pick.
"It wouldn't be necessary for Enes to go again if he isn't being considered for the top pick," said Kanter's manager, Max Ergul, Spears reports. "Their word to me is good enough for him to return. They said they didn't make a promise to anyone for No. 1."
Considering the Cavaliers are working out Kanter with point guard Brandon Knight today, this idea isn't so far-fetched.
The Cavaliers might want to be sure to get Kanter, an imposing, physical force in the paint. If they draft him first, it shows that the team doesn't see a huge gap between Knight and consensus No. 1 pick Kyrie Irving.
If Kanter goes first, the Cavaliers will certainly be able to draft either Knight or Irving at No. 4. The Minnesota Timberwolves (No. 2 pick) don't need a point guard, so they'll take Derrick Williams. The Utah Jazz would then choose Irving or Knight at No. 3, leaving Cleveland with the leftovers.
The only down side to this pick would be missing out on Irving, who is considered to be one of just two "sure things" (along with Williams) in the draft.
Kanter at No. 1 is a low-risk, medium-reward proposition, but I can only see the Cavaliers making the pick if they really believe Knight is a better point guard than Irving. He's not, so I don't see this pick going through.
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