The Cleveland Cavaliers may be looking for some front-court help in the 2023 NBA Draft
The Cleveland Cavaliers actually have a draft pick in 2023. Shocking, right? The team traded away a bunch of draft picks last off-season to get Donovan Mitchell from the Utah Jazz. While the Jazz do have the Cavs’ 2023 first-round pick, they did not get the team’s second-round pick, which was originally owned by the Golden State Warriors.
This second-round pick is expected to be the 49th pick in the draft, meaning they may be able to land some that can help them. One of the players the Cavs are being linked to is North Carolina State center, Isaiah Miranda.
Miranda is someone that has intrigued the league, as a number of teams are interested in the North Carolina State big man, including the Cavs apparently. But is he someone the Cavs should be looking into?
The Cleveland Cavaliers have to look beyond Isaiah Miranda
Miranda may be a fine prospect, but the Cavs got bullied down low against the New York Knicks in the playoffs. While I don’t think that Jarrett Allen and Evan Mobley are the issues, I do think you need to build a team that helps limit their limitations. Those limitations differ between Allen and Mobley, but the big issue they have in common is that they’re light.
The Cavs need a third big man they can rely on, so on paper Miranda makes sense, but the team can’t just have a front-court of guys that are 210 lbs or lighter. They need a heavy that can bounce back against the Mitchell Robinson of the NBA.
With Miranda being listed at 200 lbs, the Cavs have to make other decisions than by going with another lightweight big man. If you want to develop a lighter center, why not Evan’s brother, Isaiah Mobley?
He’s only 6’8 or 6’9 but he’s at least heavier than Miranda, by a good 40 lbs.
A lighter center isn’t what the Cavs need with their lone draft pick.