The Cleveland Cavaliers could use a variety of player types in the upcoming NBA Draft.
The Cleveland Cavaliers have a variety of needs and wants this offseason. We’ll eventually get around to doing the “perfect offseason” for the Cavs, but until then we want to look at something more specific. We want to look at the player types we want to see the Cavs look at in the upcoming 2023 NBA Draft.
The Cavs don’t have a first-round pick, but they could still find a good role player in the second round, and who knows what he could eventually turn into. It’s a long shot but Hall of Fame players can sometimes be found in the second round. So it’s important that the team put serious effort into landing a rookie who can help out.
But in the second round, you’re not looking for a specific player, but a specific fit more often than not. So what type of player fit do the Cavs need?
Three player types the Cleveland Cavaliers could select in the upcoming 2023 NBA Draft
The Cavs need a ball-dominant playmaker who can see the court pretty well. They sort of have this in Cedi Osman, but with Osman’s future with the team murky at best, a replacement may be in order. Osman could be part of a trade package, and with this being the final year of his contract, anything can happen. If Osman is dealt, the team will need to replace him in the rotation.
Whether it’s a stretch power forward or a paint-dominating center, the Cavs need another big body to help spell Evan Mobley and Jarrett Allen, helping to keep them fresh in crunch time. The Cavs may already have this in Evan’s brother Isaiah, but the team may also want to go out and sign someone, like Miles Plumlee or Dwight Powell. Plus, they also have Khalifa Diop that may be that guy. Yet, if they see someone worth having in the second round, they shouldn’t pass up on him just because they already have a few others.
Finding a Khris Middleton-type in the second-round is kind of the dream. A pure shooter that can just space the floor and make opposing defenses fear ever leaving him slightly open is the Cavs’ No. 1 need this offseason. The Cavs could get this somehow in free agency or a trade, or they could be lucky enough to find a gem in the second round of the NBA draft.