5 NBA Draft Prospects the Cleveland Cavaliers Must Avoid

5 NBA Draft Prospects the Cleveland Cavaliers Must Avoid

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The Cleveland Cavaliers have a chance to turn things around with the right No. 1 pick. Here are five prospects the team should avoid picking in that top spot.

5. Aaron Gordon

Aaron Gordon
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5. Aaron Gordon

Aaron Gordon
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Gordon has the potential to be really special on defense, and can get to the basket and finish in transition. The real question is what is his true position on the floor? The Cavaliers have a need at small forward, but can he play there full time? The team already has enough power forwards in Tristan Thompson and Anthony Bennett, so Gordon, even though he is an incredible athlete, would be a waste of an upside pick here.

4. Noah Vonleh

Noah Vonleh
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4. Noah Vonleh

Noah Vonleh
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Vonleh has all the physical tools and capabilities on both ends of the floor to blossom into an NBA star. But once again, the Cavaliers are loaded at power forward and a player his size would want to utilize his talents as a stretch forward, not a stretch center. Vonleh can be a presence inside, but with the time it would take to develop him as well as the clutter it could provide, he may not be worth the No. 1 pick for the Cavaliers.

3. Dante Exum

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3. Dante Exum

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Exum is a mystery man in this draft, seeing as though he has had the least amount of exposure as any of the other top picks. Exum has the size and scoring ability to play at the off guard position, but he insists that he is ready to be a point guard at the next level. The Cavaliers already have Kyrie Irving at point guard, and Cleveland really needs to spend their No. 1 pick on a more proven talent than Exum.

2. Julius Randle

Julius Randle
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2. Julius Randle

Julius Randle
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Randle was in the discussion for the No. 1 pick at the beginning of the collegiate season, but the rise of other prospects as well as medical red flags have knocked him down a few notches in many mock drafts. The Cavaliers shocked the world when they took Bennett last year, and they could do it again. Hopefully, however, Randle is not that surprise, as Cleveland needs to make a safe selection and cannot afford another bust.

1. Marcus Smart

Marcus Smart
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1. Marcus Smart

Marcus Smart
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Smart could be a really valuable combo guard in the NBA. Unfortunately for him, the Cavaliers already have one combo guard with attitude problems of his own in Dion Waiters. Adding Smart to the mix might be one thing that young locker room does not need, especially considering Smart has shown a temper of his own in the past. Smart could be a great fit defensively, but he is not worth taking a chance on at No. 1.

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