By Bonder Carthen @BonderIII on April 30, 2014
After another subpar season that saw the Cavaliers missing the playoffs, the team should be at the point where they start drafting for team needs instead of overall talent. With what will likely be a top-10 pick for Cleveland, they need to hit on an elite player who can be a difference-maker for the 2014-15 season.
Here's a look at five first-round options for the team.
Small forward should be a main area to target for the Cavs. With Luol Deng likely leaving for free agency, Dario Saric has been on NBA teams' radars for a few years now. The 6 foot-10 Saric has been dominant overseas, where he lead his league in scoring and rebounding.
The Cavs could use an upgrade at the shooting guard position. With C.J. Miles also entering free agency, Harris could take over Jarrett Jack's job. A solid spot-up shooter, Harris became a more complete player this year and is a threat off the dribble to put it on the floor and create.
At 6-foot-9 and 230 pounds, Anderson is one of the most unique players in the upcoming draft. Versatile enough to play three or four different positions, he can handle the ball like a point guard and could be another playmaker the Cavaliers are in need of.
In one of the deepest draft classes since 2003, Rodney Hood has earned his rank among the top strong forwards in college. Sharing time with Jabari Parker while at Duke, Hood has a skillset fit for a team in need of scoring.
McDermott could be exactly what the Cavaliers need to take some attention off Kyrie Irving. He's an elite scorer and could be the piece that helps Cleveland find their way back to the postseason.
Bonder Carthen is a Cleveland Browns writer for RantSports.com. Follow him on Twitter @BonderIII, “Like” him on Facebook or add him to your network on Google.
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