The draft is fun again for fans of the Cavs, as the expectation seems to be that the franchise will finally get a franchise changing talent.
Depending on how the first two picks fall, the Cavs will pick from a potential pool of G-League wing Jalen Green, Gonzaga point guard Jalen Suggs, or USC big man Evan Mobley.
Green makes the most the sense because the Cavs are desperate for help at the wing, and the domino effect that would be triggered as a result of picking Suggs has been covered here.
Mobley, however, may be too talented to pass up, especially if he’s drawing comparisons to Lakers superstar Anthony Davis. This comparison comes from a scout who talked to The Athletic’s Jason Lloyd, with the writer noting Mobley could play in any lineup alongside Jarrett Allen, Kevin Love and Larry Nance Jr.
The Cavs could probably get away with having Mobley and Allen on the same roster, but if Mobley is the pick, it’ll be interesting see how they handle Allen’s restricted free agency. A sign and trade of Allen could always be possible, but it seems unlikely.
As Cleveland.com’s Terry Pluto wrote, the long-time columnist believes Mobley is a better version of Allen. Mobley averaged 16.4 points, 8.6 rebounds and shot .578 from the field in his lone season with USC.
Pluto also noted the comparison of Mobley to another Hall of Famer–Chris Bosh.
As for what they’ll actually do–all we can do is guess, but my money would be on Green, if push came to shove, here on June 27. The NBA is more of a wing league than ever, and the Cavs are just getting no production from the players they’re trying there.
With Green at small forward, Okoro could play shooting guard and in my book, give the starting point guard role to Darius Garland.
A combination of Allen and Nance/Love would certainly make for an interesting lineup.