The Cleveland Cavaliers entered the draft looking to bolster their underwhelming roster with some young talent. Coming off a 19-63 season, Cleveland is in the early stage of a re-build and simply needs to acquire as many assets and talented young players as possible. And, that’s exactly what they were able to do. Here’s a look at their picks and some basic projections for their respective rookie campaigns.
With the fifth pick, the Cavs somewhat luckily landed Darius Garland, the Vanderbilt point guard who only played in 5 games. However, in those 5 games, Garland posted nearly 17 points and 3 assists a game and shot almost 50% from three. He’s been an amazing shooter since high school and it should carry over to the league very well. His fit next to Sexton could be tricky, but he was clearly the best player available and has one of the highest ceilings in the draft.
Projected stats: 16 PPG, 3 APG, 1 SPG on 46%/41%/78% shooting splits
With the 26th pick, the Cavs took Dylan Windler from Belmont. A great shooter and plus rebounder from the 3 positions, Windler projects to be a high-floor player with the ability to stretch defenses and get to the rim with his 6’9 frame. In college Windler averaged 21 PPG and nearly 11 boards. Expect him to see big minutes this season behind Cedi Osman at the small forward position.
Projected stats: 12 PPG, 6 RPG on 43%/38%/85% shooting splits
Lastly, Cleveland traded four second-round picks and $5M to acquire the 30th pick to select Kevin Porter Jr. A highly touted recruit out of high school, Porter Jr. struggled to stay on the court and produce at USC this season. He is an explosive athlete with an unconventional, yet effective jump-shot. He’s far from a finished product, but under first-year head coach John Beilein’s guidance look for Porter Jr. to grow into a very good NBA player.
Projected Stats: 8 PPG, 2 RPG on 40%/36%/65% shooting