Tonight's draft continues a very disturbing trend for the Cavs, and quite frankly I don't like it. Now don't get me wrong, I like the young core we are building, and I think Anthony Bennett can be a good be a good player.....can be. But this business about trying to outsmart other teams really needs to stop in my opinion. We did this same stuff with Tristan, Dion, and Zeller, and we are not going to get as LUCKY by doing this.
In 2011, Kyrie Irving was the obvious #1 choice. But #4 was a big surprise to many with Tristan Thompson. Now don't get me wrong, Tristan is developing nicely, but Jonas Valanciunas has the potential to be a big time player, who many predicted to be the #3-5 pick while Tristan was #10-14 projected.
Fast forward to 2012, where the Cavaliers owned picks #4 and #17 (after trade). As we all know, we were all up in arms when the Cavs drafted Dion Waiters, who the Cavs never interviewed and was not even projected to be in the Top 5. If the Cavs did the conservative thing and draft Harrison Barnes, we could possibly be way closer to the playoffs than we are now and our SF need would have been solved. Now our SG and PF would still be needed, and since Jared Sullinger would have been available and projected to be around #15, it would have been an obvious pick.
Then we come to 2013 and we are in desperate need of a SG. With this, instead of reaching for Bennett, we then draft Victor Oladipo or a Ben McElmore, and then drafted guys like Karasev and Crabbe (instead of trading him for second round picks which we probably won't use.
Now hindsight is always 20/20, but if we would have made the logical pick instead of trying to make ourselves look good later, we could have had a team like this:
PG: Kyrie Irving
SG: Victor Oladipo (or Ben McElmore)
SF: Harrison Barnes
PF: Jared Sullinger
C: Jonas Valanciunas
Bench: Varejao, Karasev, Crabbe, CJ Miles, Livingston, Speights
That would be a dynasty in a couple of years.