The NFL world is buzzing with Mock Drafts but the NBA world is full of playoff coverage. Thankfully Chad Ford has produced his NBA Mock Draft 4.0 (Insider, Costs $) for us to start thinking about the future of the Cleveland Cavaliers. The Cavs currently sit with the 9th best odds to win the Draft Lottery. The Cavs have a 1.7% chance at the #1 pick, a 2% chance at the #2 pick and a 2.4% chance at the #3 pick. The odds are the Cavs will most likely be selecting 9th, 10th or 11th. To be picking worse then 9th means 1, 2 or 3 teams with worse odds then the Cavs jump into the Top 3. Unlikely even one will. Ford has all the teams drafting where their odds currently have them:
9 Doug McDermott Cleveland Cavaliers (33 – 49) COLLEGE: Creighton HT: 6-8 WT: 210 POS: SF
Odds of winning lottery: 1.7 percent
Analysis: If you thought owner Dan Gilbert was impatient last year, wait until this year. It’s “Playoff or Bust, Part II,” for the Cavs, and you can make sure after last year’s draft debacle that the Cavs are going to try to bring in a high-quality player who can contribute right now. McDermott might not be the sexiest prospect in the draft, but he’s a four-year senior who can really shoot the basketball. He’ll be a great fit in Cleveland, especially if Luol Deng decides to bolt this summer.
Ford has the Cavs selecting the same player our own Briyant Hines thinks we should select. McDermott may not be a other world talent, and may cause more trouble for the already troubled defense, but as Ford notes the Cavs have drafted upside in semi truck loads. McDermott seems to fit Interim GM David Griffin’s statements about finding shooting. He listed needing to get bigger and better at shooting McDermott does a little of both of those.
A shot blocker would be ideal as well but beyond top guy Joel Embiid those don’t exist in this draft. Rodney Hood, a personal favorite of this writer, was drafted 25th in Ford’s draft. The draft seems loaded with power forwards and point guards, two positions the Cavs do not need to address. The 4 spot may not be answered with Tristan Thompson and Anthony Bennett but the Cavs will need some time to figure that out.
This pick could easily be moved as a part of a bigger trade to bring in a veteran talent. McDermott’s testing at the NBA Combine could be very important to his value. Is he more athletic then we think? Can he move laterally on defense?
Who is your initial dream selection around the 9th pick for the Cavs? Or who do you want the team to move the pick to acquire?