Hey everyone, this is my first post, so bear with me as I attempt to play armchair GM. I just want to share my thoughts and hopes about the upcoming draft.
1. Like everyone else, I wish we could just win the lottery, jump for joy, and draft Anthony Davis. If the dream of Kyrie+the Brow materialized, I think you really could start talking about the OKC model. We'd obviously still need a few wings, but I think Gee could keep getting better, and we could fill out the starting spots with either our later picks this year, free agency, or our possible 3 mid-first round picks next year.
2. If we fall short of the number 1 pick, I have serious doubts about the rest of the prospects. I love MKG, but his utter lack of shooting ability makes wonder how our offense would look next year with him. Andy, Tigger, MKG, Gee, and Kyrie would be one heluva defensive lineup (assuming Kyrie improves defensively), but would Kyrie's ridiculous creating/shooting ability make up for the complete lack of shot creation and range at the other 4 positions?
3. What about Brad "the Real Deal" Beal? I assume, like everyone else, that being the real deal, he can overcome his lack of height and elite athleticism. Comparing him to Ray Allen, however, seems like a bit of a stretch to me, and I honestly know nothing about Eric Gordon. Apparently Beal has a sweet stroke, but he only shot, what, 34% from deep this past season? The assumption that he will immediately be a lights out shooter from beyond the extended NBA line seems questionable to me. Don't get me wrong, having a shooting guard who rebounds well for his size, has proficient driving ability, and potential to be a lights out long range shooter would be fantastic, but would he really be that second superstar who puts us over the top?
4. If we can't get a sure fire second super star from that second tier of elite players, wouldn't it make sense for us to try to turn that 2nd or 3rd pick into a pair of lottery picks? Even if it meant we had to throw in a future first to sweeten the deal, I'd much rather have the opportunity to take a gamble on one of those 3rd tier of wings, like Barnes, PJ3, or Jeremy Lamb, who have just as much, if not more upside as Beal, AND add a potential stud down low like Drummond, Moultrie, or even Sully. Not sure what else it would take, but if we could flip the 2nd or 3rd pick for Portland or NOLA's two lotto picks I'd take that deal in a heartbeat.
5. This is blatant homerism, but I'd love it if we could get another lottery pick (either in the aforementioned way or by trading other assets) and use it to pick up Jared Sullinger. I know that's probably an unpopular idea right now, with his lack of athleticism and height, but I think he could be a really solid pro. He has a refined post game, which is extremely rare among college bigs. He already has solid form on his jumper, and has potential to stretch his range to the NBA three point line. He's decent defensively, and oh by the way, he can shoot free throws. To me, it seems like he's kind of a big man version of Brad Beal. He lacks ideal size and athleticism, but makes up for it with refined offensive skill and high basketball IQ. Having Sully and TT would give us one of the more versatile PF rotations in the league.
6. With the later picks, I'd love it if we could get a shooter (D Lamb, John Jenkins, Barton, or even, dare I say, Buford), a project big who can defend (Melo, Ezeli, or someone else I don't know about), and a backup for Irving (Wroten or Machado) or a high energy, low upside big who can contribute right away (Crowder, Draymond Green, or Kyle O'Quinn). Obviously it'd be great if a high upside wing like Waiters or Harkless fell to us, but I'd be thrilled with something like Melo/Barton/Machado, or Lamb/Ezeli/Green.
7. Obviously, it all depends on who we draft first, but lets look at some potential drafts for the Cavs. My favorite is probably something like Anthony Davis, Moe Harkless, Festus Ezeli, and Will Barton. Here you have future superstar
8. Obviously, it's probably not happening, but here are some other possibilities. MKG/Waiters/Ezeli/Green. Beal/Nicholson/Ezeli/Barton. Drummond/Lamb/Machado/Crowder. Barnes/Wroten/O'Quinn/Euro. I'd be happy with the first two, but disappointed about the others.
9. Here's another one that won't happen, but I like thinking about anyway: PJ3/Sully/Jenkins/Ezeli/Machado. We pick up 3 potential starters who can all score, and backups at the other two positions. I think if you gave it a couple years to develop and grow with Kyrie, TT, and AV, throw in some more veteran leadership, it would be a playoff team for years to come. If Perry Jones turned in to the superstar he has the potential to be, TT developed to his potential, and Sullinger turned into a poor man's Kevin Love, then it would be talented and deep enough to be a title contender by 2015.
10. Obviously, as with any draft speculation, this is all just speculation. I have no idea how any of these guys will do as pros (Although I'm pretty sure Davis, and to a lesser extent, Beal and MKG are going to be awesome). I just thinkit's fun, and I'm really excited about our options going forward, no matter what happens with the lottery.
I could keep going, but I think this post is getting a little long, and I'd like to hear what you guys think. Go Cavs, and bring on the Brow.