F/C- Precious Achiuwa
Ideally, this is the worst-case scenario. If for whatever reason the Cavs don’t take any of the five previous names listed (Toppin, Avdija, Ball, Edwards, Wiseman), Precious Achiuwa could work for what the Cavs need. As there really isn’t a guard worth going for broke for in this NBA Draft, and the only late first-round pick that really intrigues people (Cole Anthony) isn’t better as a prospect than who’s still on the board at this point, the best bet for the fifth spot if you feel the need to reach is Achiuwa.
Achiuwa is a stretch here and not a player that you should take unless something happens to one of the top five prospects, be it a devastating injury, an arrest, or they pull out of the draft for whatever reason. That’s the only time you should consider Achiuwa at five.
Or if you trade back into the top 12 or so.
Achiuwa is a good presence down low and can be very physical. He’s a slashing four but can learn to be a better option in any pick-and-roll situations. He also proved he can handle the low post low after teammate Wiseman left Memphis.
He’s not a great blocker, but with his size, he should learn how to do it effectively enough. He’s also a terrible perimeter scorer, so the question then becomes if you draft Achiuwa then do you trade Larry Nance Jr.? They’re effectively the same player, only one is younger and has a higher upside than the other, while also far less expensive.
You’re not drafting Achiuwa to come in right away and play big minutes. He’s got a lot of good quality skills, but he’s not someone who can leap right in and help lead a team to success. He’s a project for sure.