By Michael LeDuc @mike_leduc on May 21, 2014
With a 1.7 percent chance, the Cleveland Cavaliers won the NBA lottery for the third time in four years. Cleveland, who whiffed on last year's pick, has a chance to solidify this team for years to come by adding another centerpiece next to Kyrie Irving. Here are five players the Cavs should target with the first overall pick.
There is no way the Cavs take Vonleh at No. 1. But, Vonleh is a sleeper candidate and could be the fourth-best prospect in this year's draft. He certainly has a lot of upside. If something goes terribly wrong, which is common in Cleveland, then Vonleh could be the No. 1 pick -- but don't count on it.
Wiggins has a lot of upside and is perhaps the most intriguing prospect in the draft. However, he is a "hit-or-miss" pick. He has the highest ceiling, but is the most likely to be a bust. Cleveland can't afford to take that risk right now, especially after picking Anthony Bennett last season.
It would be extremely difficult for the Cavaliers to pass up on Embiid. He's a legit seven-footer who protects the rim and has tremendous upside. He would also be a risky pick and projects to be a huge project.
Parker might not have the most upside, but he is the surest thing in this draft. Not a lot of risk here. Pairing Parker up with Irving could make Cleveland title contenders very soon. Parker would be the smartest, safest choice for the Cavs.
Yes, Cleveland is now the favorite to land Love since they snatched the No. 1 pick. How can Minnesota turn down the first-overall pick in the draft and perhaps Tristan Thompson? Love, Irving and Dion Waiter is not a core to sneeze at. Plus, would a lineup like that increase a LeBron James homecoming?
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