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This Season Is Over...

Let's face it. The Cavs are not going to make it to the playoff this year. With this in mind, and for those keeping a close eye on those for the 2019 NBA Draft, I thought I would look back at the first-round picks over the last 10 years.

Here are the Cleveland Cavaliers' first-round draft picks along with a few highlights.

2009 - Christian Eyenga

Christian Eyenga was drafted by the Cleveland Cavaliers in the first round of the 2009 NBA Draft with the 30th pick but didn't sign with the team until 2010. He was then assigned to the Cavs' NBA Development League affiliate, the Erie BayHawks in November before being recalled in January.

In 2012, Eyenga was traded to the Los Angeles Lakers.

2010 - Kyrie Irving

In 2010, the Cleveland Cavaliers used their number 1 overall pick to sign Kyrie Irving. In his debut season, Kyrie won the 2012 NBA Rookie of the Year Award with 117 of a possible 120 first-place votes and also became the only unanimous selection to the NBA All-Rookie First Team.

In the following season, Kyrie was selected for his first All-Star appearance and participated in the NBA Three-Point Shootout, recording 23 points in the final round to win the event.

The 2012-13 season gave Kyrie a taste of further success to come. He was made the starting point guard for the Eastern Conference in the All-Star game and was voted the match's MVP. This was also the season that Kyrie recorded his first triple-double, scoring 21 points, 12 assists and 10 rebounds in a 99-79 win over the Utah Jazz.

In 2014, Kyrie would go on to need some serious bankroll tips as he signed a $90 million contract extension with the Cavaliers. Alongside new signings LeBron James and Kevin Love, the Cavaliers side went all the way to the NBA finals but Kyrie suffered an injury in Game 1 that prevented him from playing the rest of the series. The Cavs ended up losing the series to the Golden State Warriors in six games. During that first season with LeBron, Kyrie scored a career-high 57 points, including a buzzer-beating three-point shot to send the Cavaliers into overtime, in a 128-125 win over the San Antonio Spurs.

The 2014-15 season went a little better, although Kyrie didn't make an appearance that season until December due to the finals' injury. After making it to the NBA finals again, the Cavs fought back from 3-1 down to tie the series against the Golden State Warriors. In Game 7, Kyrie hit a three-pointer with 53 seconds left in the game, putting the Cavs 92–89 in front and eventually winning the match and Cleveland's first championship. This Cleveland side became the first team to win a 7 game series from a 3–1 finals deficit.

The following season saw the Cavs make it to the finals once again but lost to a Kevin Durant inspired Warriors team and it proved to be the last in a Cleveland uniform for Kyrie.

In August 2017, Kyrie was traded to the Boston Celtics.

2011 - Tristan Thompson

Tristan Thompson was drafted fourth overall in the 2011 NBA draft by the Cleveland Cavaliers. He made his debut for the Cavs in December and during his rookie season received NBA All-Rookie second team honours, becoming the first Canadian to ever earn All-Rookie team honours in the NBA.

In the following season, Thompson set the Cavaliers franchise record for most offensive rebounds in a single season with 306 (second in the NBA). He also recorded a team-high 31 double-doubles on the season. He also recorded similar numbers during the 2013-14 season.

When Kevin Love signed for the Cavs in the 2014-15 season, Thompson spent much of his time on the bench. However, Love dislocated his shoulder in the first round of the playoffs and was ruled out for the rest of the post-season. Thompson took Love's spot on the team as the Cavaliers reached the 2015 NBA Finals. Thompson established himself as one of the league's best offensive rebounders during the playoffs.

In 2015, Thompson re-signed with the Cavaliers on a five-year, $82 million contract, putting an end to a four-month contract stalemate. During this season, Thompson broke Jim Chones' franchise record by appearing in his 362nd consecutive game for the Cavaliers. He became an NBA champion for the first time as Cleveland beat the Warriors 4-3.

In 2016-17, Thompson became the first player in Cavaliers' history play in 400 consecutive regular-season games.

Thompson made it to the NBA finals, this season as well as the following, but lost both times to the Golden State Warriors.

2012 - Dion Waiters

Dion Waiters was selected with the fourth overall pick in the 2012 NBA draft by the Cleveland Cavaliers. In his rookie season, Waiters was selected to play in the Rising Stars Challenge game during 2013 NBA All-Star Weekend, along with teammates Kyrie Irving, Tristan Thompson, and Tyler Zeller. However, his season was consistently bothered by a sprained ankle and loose cartilage in his knee, causing him to miss a lot of games.

His performances saw him Waiters graded as the fourth best overall rookie by NBA.com, and placed fifth in NBA Rookie of the Year voting with 21 points.

In 2013-14, Waiters recorded his first career double-double with 17 points and a career-high 11 assists in a loss to the Miami Heat.

In 2015, Waiters was traded to the Oklahoma City Thunder.

2012 - Jared Cunningham

Jared Cunningham was selected with the 24th overall pick in the 2012 NBA draft by the Cleveland Cavaliers but his rights were then traded with Jae Crowder and Bernard James to the Dallas Mavericks in exchange for Tyler Zeller and Kelenna Azubuike on draft night.

2013 - Anthony Bennett

Anthony Bennett was selected first overall by the Cleveland Cavaliers in the 2013 NBA Draft, becoming the first Canadian to be so. However, he didn't have the greatest of starts to his career. Bennett scored double-figures for the first time after 33 games - three times as long as any previous No. 1 overall pick.

Bennett was traded to the Minnesota Timberwolves just a year after being drafted.

2013 - Sergey Karasev

Sergey Karasev was selected with the 19th overall pick by the Cleveland Cavaliers in the 2013 NBA draft but spent a lot of time with the Canton Charge of the NBA Development League.

A year later, Karasev was traded to the Brooklyn Nets.

2014 - Andrew Wiggins

Andrew Wiggins became the second Canadian to be drafted number 1 overall in the NBA Draft when the Cavaliers signed him in 2014. However, he was quickly traded to the Minnesota Timberwolves that saw Kevin Love come the other way.

2015 - Tuus Jones

Tyus Jones was selected with the 24th overall pick in the draft by the Cleveland Cavaliers, who then traded his draft rights to his hometown team, the Minnesota Timberwolves, in exchange for a 2019 second round draft pick and the draft rights to the 31st and 36th picks in the draft, Cedi Osman and Rakeem Christmas, respectively.

2018 - Collin Sexton

Collin Sexton was selected with the eighth overall pick by the Cleveland Cavaliers in the 2018 NBA draft.

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