2022 Cavs draft: The Athletic bets on 3 wings for best 2nd-round fits

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The Cavs may not have a top three pick in 2022, but this summer’s NBA Draft is taking on great importance considering the current state of the franchise.

Cleveland took major strikes in Evan Mobley’s rookie season and qualified for the play-in tournament. It’s a big deal considering how poor the Cavs played after LeBron James left after the 2018 season.

The 2021-2022 season ended in disappointment, but with the belief the Cavs are on to something, especially behind All-Stars Darius Garland and Jarrett Allen, as well as rookie-of-the-year runner-up Mobley.

While finding a superstar is hard enough with a top three pick, it becomes a lot harder to unearth contributing talent halfway through the first round, let alone round two.

It can be done, though. The Athletic’s Kelsey Russo put together three fits the Cavs could take in the second round. Here’s the names, and the player breakdown.