For the second straight year, the Cleveland Cavaliers will be picking fifth in the NBA Draft.
The Cavs, who have the worst record in the league over the last two years, fell from No. 2 to No. 5 in the 2020 Draft behind the top-four of the Wolves, Warriors, Hornets and Bulls. Last year, Cleveland of course picked Darius Garland out of Vanderbilt with the pick.
Fifth, per the lottery odds, was the most likely pick for the Cavs to end up with.
“We are excited about the depth of this year’s draft class,” said Cavaliers General Manager Koby Altman, per a statement from the team. “We are confident that this draft position will allow us to acquire talent that will complement our core mix of young players and established veterans. We look forward to welcoming someone who embodies everything we are building here in Cleveland from a culture, work ethic and commitment to development standpoint, both on and off the floor. We will also continue to explore opportunities that could be impactful for our team both now and in the future as we build toward sustainable success.”
This is a fine position to end up in. There are a number of players likely available at No. 5 — Isaac Okoro, Devin Vassell, Onyeka Okongwu, Obi Toppin if that’s your flavor — and many could fill team needs.
The full lottery order is as follows:
2. Golden State
8. New York
11. San Antonio
13. New Orleans
14. Boston from Memphis
The Cavs’ first-round pick is their only pick in the 2020 NBA Draft barring any trades or purchased picks.
Who should the Cavs pick at No. 5 overall?
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