Three Realistic Picks Cavaliers Could Draft at No. 3 Overall
The 2021 NBA Draft will take place later this month. It’s going to be a lot of fun to see which teams take which guys. Detroit likely gets Cade Cunningham, while Houston will have a few options to pick from. And whichever way they go will determine who ends up in CLE.
There are two players likely to be picked between by the team, and it, of course, depends on what the Rockets do. But, aside from those two, one other option does exist. Let’s get into it.
It is not likely the Cavs take Jalen Suggs, but it’s a possibility. They may be able to pick a two-guard, though it would mean that they have not been wowed enough by Collin Sexton. After what Suggs did as a Gonzaga player last year, his stock rose.
His ability to not only score for himself but create for teammates is highly impressive. He can make a number of big shots, as we saw in March Madness. The kid is a star in waiting. The odds are that Cleveland bypasses him, and he ends up as a Raptor.
But there is also a chance he is a Cav. And if he comes, the team will have themselves a stud.
From one Jalen to another, Jalen Green is a legitimate possibility for Cleveland. All he does is make plays. He spent the last year with the G-League Ignite, being groomed for the pro game. The new NIL rule may have fewer guys choosing to come to choose that path, but he did it, and it seemed like it worked out well.
Green is 6-foot-5 and a guy who can do a lot of things with the ball in his hands. He can be a decent small forward option as well when Isaac Okoro needs rest or is guarding the power forward of the other team.
At the end of the day, it would create a slight logjam, but Green could do a lot if drafted.
The guy most Cavs fans want, Evan Mobley, has a very bright NBA future. Kind of like how Memphis has Jonas Valanciunas and Jaren Jackson Jr. on their team. The Cavaliers would have two seven footers if they went this route. And they could both be good rim protectors who can make shots around the basket.
Mobley is a solid floor-spacer who will only get better. He averaged 2.9 blocked shots per game as a Trojan and wears the No. 4 like former USC Trojan Kevin Porter Jr. did. That option is available as he is now a Houston Rocket, and it would mark two times in three years the Cavs took a former USC player in the opening round.
Mobley has a ton of upside, and they would be foolish to pass him up if he is, in fact, available. The strong play of Kelly Olynyk and Christian Wood a season ago could give them pause, and that would be just what the Cavs would need to happen. It would be perfect.
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