Landing Number One Pick Puts Cleveland Cavaliers in Great Shape for Future
The Cleveland Cavaliers hit the jackpot Tuesday evening when they landed the number one overall pick in the NBA draft for the second time in three seasons. Having the top spot in the draft gives the Cavaliers a lot of options and will almost certainly ensure them to be an improved team in the immediate future.
Cleveland struck gold when they drafted eventual Rookie of the Year Kyrie Irving first overall in 2011 and did well by selecting Tristan Thompson three spots later. The Cavaliers also found themselves drafting in the top-five last season as well and used the fourth pick to grab shooting guard Dion Waiters, giving the Cavaliers three potential starters in a matter of just two seasons. Acquiring center Tyler Zeller via trade last year was also a smart move for Cleveland.
The question is, where should the Cavaliers go with the top pick this year? Cleveland still could use an upgrade at the small forward position and possibly another big man to eventually replace Anderson Varejao.
Will that being the case, Cleveland should take consensus number one prospect Nerlens Noel. Noel is coming off an ACL injury in January, but with Varejao entering the last guaranteed year of his contract, the Cavaliers can afford to let Noel sit out the 2013-2014 season to rehab his knee before taking over for Varejao in 2014.
With the Cavaliers set at a few positions, drafted first overall gives them the opportunity to improve their roster in a couple of seasons and hopefully get them out of the draft lottery soon. Cleveland has the talent, and now will have one more young top prospect to add to it.