For the second time in three years, the Cleveland Cavaliers have the luxury of selecting the first pick in the NBA Draft. They beat out the Orlando Magic and Charlotte Bobcats, who had the highest chances to secure the first draft pick. To represent the Cavaliers team, as it was when they won first draft pick two years ago, was Dan Gilbert’s son Nick, who was born with Neurofibromatosis, a nerve disorder that causes tumors to grow anywhere in the body at any time. He has seemed to be a lucky charm for them and with two number one picks, the Cavs are going to be pretty good in the near future.
Over the last couple years, the Cavaliers have selected Dion Waiters and Tristan Thompson with the number four pick and selected Kyrie Irving two years ago as the number one pick. Irving is one of if not the best basketball player ever to come out of New Jersey. He is special for a point guard and has tremendous talent. As long as he is able to avoid injury, he is going to put the Cavs back on the map. The City of Cleveland was decimated for a couple years after Lebron James decided to leave for South Beach, but I think they’re at the point where they’re past that and now ready to look to the future. One has to wonder though, with the team the Cavaliers currently have, is this setting the stage for Lebron’s return to Cleveland eventually? They are going to have several parts already in place that he would only add to and this team in time will be better than the team he went to the finals with. It will be interesting to see what happens and honestly, I think if you ask Lebron, in his heart of hearts, he knows he shouldn’t have left Cleveland and let people in his hometown down. He seems like a kind of person who really cares about what his legacy will be and I could see him returning to Cleveland so people will hold him in higher regards after he retires.
The Cavaliers have said they are willing to trade the pick so it will be interesting to see if anything comes of that. This appears to be the most wide open draft in a long time. Some players I don’t see all the hype though. If Victor Oladipo doesn’t hit the game winning three vs. Temple in the NCAA Tournament, I don’t see him being the 4th pick in the NBA Draft. To me, he wasn’t a top two player on the Indiana Hoosiers even. My top 5 would be Ben McLemore, Nerlens Noel, Shabazz Muhammad, Anthony Bennett, and Alex Len. If he avoids injury, I think C.J. McCollum from Lehigh will be a very good player too.
The Cleveland Cavaliers are on the clock…