2011 NBA Draft: Cleveland Cavaliers Get Back on Track
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Rolling into Thursday night's draft speculation continues to swirl around what road the Cavs will choose to take. Will they take the flashy young point guard from Duke in Kyrie Irving? Or will they choose to fill a much needed void in the small forward position with Arizona's Derrick Williams? Though many sources claim that Irving is a lock for the number one spot, I find that hard to believe. In my opinion the decision will go down to Thursday night. This "Decision" will be the biggest to hit Cleveland since LeBron James took his talents to South Beach. Let's take a look at some possible scenarios the Cavs could take.
1. Cavaliers Select: Kyrie Irving and Enes Kanter
I know, I know, this is what everyone is saying right? Well there is good reason for this. A team is built around a strong PG and a solid big man. At the moment the Cavs can't say that they have a legitimate star at either of these spots. Sessions and Davis are suitable but are not the future for this team. Andy Varejo is a solid energy player off the bench but not as a full-time starter. With these selections the Cavs would begin the rebuilding process of on the right foot.
2. Cavaliers Select: Kyrie Irving and Derrick Williams
WHAT? Irving and Williams both? It may sound crazy off the top but if you take a closer look it may not be quite as crazy. Minnesota with hybrid forwards already on the roster like Michael Beasley may choose to pass Williams and select Enes Kanter. Kanter combined down low with big man Kevin Love could be a deadly combination. Utah is in the same boat with a roster full of young forwards like Favors, Millsap, C Al Jefferson, and vet Andrei Kirilenko. So in my opinion they will go with their PG of the future Brandon Knight. Leaving Derrick Williams sitting for the Cavs at the number four spot. This may be a little of a stretch but I don't think anyone will be complaining if it happens. A star PG and SF in the same draft would give Byron Scott exactly what he needs to get this offense up and running.
3. Cavaliers Select: Derrick Williams and Brandon Knight
As stated before Williams is a hell of a player and it is not written in stone that the Cavs won't use the number one pick on him. He brings a ridiculous amount of athleticism to a team and a position that needs every drop of it. Brandon Knight reminds me a lot of a Jason Terry type. He will be extremely successful and help to bring Cleveland a championship, if and only if they bring in the right type of scorers and role players around him so he is able to distribute in addition to creating his own shots. Even though this is not my No. 1 choice I definitely will not be upset by this combination.
In my opinion any of these three options can make Cleveland a better team. However, I think the combination of Kyrie Irving and Enes Kanter is the most realistic (I would love to say the Irving Williams combo but I don't want to get my hopes up) and would bring the biggest results to Cleveland in the long run. I say this because the talent pool of small forwards in next year's draft is much deeper than this years (Harrison Barnes, Perry Jones, etc...).
So if they were able to land Irving, Kanter in this year's draft and a guy like Harrison Barnes in next year's draft then they could be looking at a seriously powerful young team. Without any free agency or trades the lineup for Cleveland in two years could look like this: PG. Irving, SG Eyenga, SF Barnes, PF Hickson, C Kanter. That is a lineup that could do some serious damage in the future.
Here's to the beginning of the Cavs returning to glory!
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