Cleveland Cavaliers

NBA Draft 2011:The Cleveland Cavaliers Can Move Past LeBron James

CHARLOTTE, NC - MARCH 20:  Kyrie Irving #1 of the Duke Blue Devils moves the ball while taking on the Michigan Wolverines during the third round of the 2011 NCAA men's basketball tournament at Time Warner Cable Arena on March 20, 2011 in Charlotte, North Carolina.  (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)
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Cody MeadowsCorrespondent IJune 21, 2011

As a Cleveland Cavaliers fan, this NBA season left a sour taste in my mouth. While the taste went from sour to sweet watching the Dallas Mavericks win the NBA championship over LeBron James and the Miami Heat, the game did nothing to help the Cavs as a franchise. With two top-five picks in Thursday night's NBA draft, The Cavs have a chance to build a winner.

While there isn't an electrifying superstar like LeBron James, Kobe Bryant, Kevin Durant, or Dwight Howard, there are players with the potential to become great.

Duke guard Kyrie Irving is projected to be the Cavs' No. 1 selection, and he certainly has potential.

While he missed significant time in his only season at Duke, he was productive when he was on the court. Kyrie averaged 17.5 points per-game, 3.4 rebounds per-game,(and he's only 6'2", 180 pounds) 4.3 assists per-game, and shot the ball well.

He makes up for his small stature with effort, although injury remains a concern until he proves he can stay healthy.

Personally, I would draft Derrick Williams at No. 1. I feel his size and skill, along with the ability to shoot three's makes him a more can't miss pick. This would open the door for them to draft a proven leader in Kemba Walker with the fourth selection. Either way, the Cavs should get a great player with whoever they take at number one.

At four, I feel the best choice is Enes Kanter, Foward. (Assuming Kyrie goes No. 1)

He's big at 6'10" 255 pounds, with the ability to add weight to his frame. He's a beast on the boards, averaging 16.8 a game at the 2009 European Championships U18. He is a bit of a risk because he didn't play during the 2010-11 season, but the potential is too much to pass up.

One good draft doesn't make you an instant winner, but a couple in a row would go a long way towards rebuilding this team. With the draft on Thursday, the entire Cavaliers fanbase should let LeBron go.

His leaving Cleveland doesn't have to ruin the entire franchise, and it won't.

The start of a new era of Cavaliers basketball starts on Thursday, stay tuned.

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