It's starting to look like the Cleveland Cavaliers are going to have a top-5 pick in the 2013 NBA Draft and possibly another mid-first round pick, courtesy of the Los Angeles Lakers. What should they do with those pick? Should they look at the wide variety of prospects that Fear the Sword's Sam Vecenie has been profiling? I say nay. They need not look any further than down the road in good ol' Columbus, Ohio.
Columbus, Ohio? Damn straight -- Columbus.
The Cavaliers have two first round picks in the upcoming draft. And they've had a lot of picks in past drafts as well. So it is my opinion that they take it easy this year. Don't worry about all of that scouting and talking to coaches -- just go with what you know. After all, it might end up being the best option.
With the 3rd overall pick in the 2013 NBA Draft, the Cleveland Cavaliers select....DeShaun Thomas, Ohio State University.
Whoa! Isn't that a little early for Thomas? Nonsense. DeShaun Thomas led the Big Ten in points per game this past season. And he did it with marginal efficiency! In his last game with Ohio State, Thomas led the game in scoring with 23 points -- and it only took him 20 shots to do it! And he only had five turnovers! The Cavaliers have lacked a consistent scoring option off the bench this year. But you know what they've also lacked? A consistent Ohio State Buckeyes option off the bench. What better way to fulfill our need for Buckeyes than to draft a guy who went to a school that has a Buckeye as the mascot?
With the 16th overall pick in the 2013 NBA Draft, the Cleveland Cavaliers select....Aaron Craft, Ohio State University.
I know that I've resisted the idea of drafting Aaron Craft in the past, but I've finally come around. I've seen the light. His last performance in the NCAA Tournament against the heavily favored Wichita State Shockers convinced me. He was masterful with a stunning 9 points on a remarkable 2 of 12 shooting. And he had seven rebounds! That's more than six! The Cavaliers may lack athleticism and size, but you know what else they lack? Scrappiness, grittiness, and sonofacoachittude. That's what Craft brings. That's why he's not a reach in the first round. The Cavaliers will have their new starting point guard (Kyrie Irving can come off the bench, he's more of a scoring guard anyway).
With these two additions, it won't even matter what else the Cavaliers do in the offseason. They will be primed and poised to win the Big Ten Conference next year.
APRIL'S FOOLS! These guys aren't good!
(I couldn't resist. Please don't kill me, OSU fans)
(PS: I do actually like LaQuinton Ross as a prospect next year)