ESPN's Chad Ford has released another version of his mock draft.
The Cavaliers, in the 9th position, are currently set to select Kentucky wing James Young:
Obviously at this stage of the season, the draft is a talking point, but projections aren't super useful. That being said, I like Young alot. He isn't an once in a lifetime type talent, but he is a very good athlete. At 6'7, his wingspan measured 6'11+ which is awesome. He is also young for his class, having just turned 18 in August. There is not a horrible hitch in his jumpshot.
A Freshman at Kentucky, young is averaging 14.4 points shooting 40% from the field and 33% from three.
Other options projected to be available: Rodney Hood, G/F Duke, Gary Harris, G Michigan State, Noah Vonleh, F/C Indiana, Nick Stauskas, G/F Michigan, Dough McDermott, F Creighton, Dario Saric, F Croatia, Jerami Grant, F Syracuse.
I like Grant, but he needs a ton of work on his shot. McDermott and Stauskas can shoot, but I'm not interested in mediocre athletes. Harris and Vonleh don't fit much of a need (unless moving Tristan Thompson for a wing player is an option). Another option that could be available is K.J. McDaniels a 6'6 forward from Clemson. Like others, the shot needs work, and he is a little older, but is averaging 1.3 steals and 2.9 blocks, which are translatable stats and highlight his super athleticism.
All things considered, even if the Cavs are a few slots back, I think Young could potentially be there, and would be a good pick up. His jumper needs to become more consistent, but the raw tools are there. The Cavs have been playing at a disadvantage for a while now, with shorter, less athletic players. This draft and offseason in general needs to address that with size up front and on the wing.
Who do you like in the draft? Remember, it's all super subjective, but I will cry if you name guys that are short or un-athletic.