The rebuilding process after “The Decision” that left Cleveland in ruins is finally underway.
For those of you who enjoy alone time under a rock and may have missed it, “The Decision” was the hour long ESPN special during which LeBron James announced he wouldn’t be returning to the Cleveland Cavaliers.
The Cleveland Cavaliers were the big winners in Tuesday’s NBA Draft lottery. They ended up with the No. 1 and No. 4 overall selections in the annual player draft. The top pick they earned is a trade from the Los Angeles Clippers.
Cavaliers owner Dan Gilbert let his 14-year-old son Nick Gilbert represent the Cavaliers at the lottery. Nick was born with Neurofibromatosis, a nerve disorder that causes tumors to grow anywhere in the body.
“I’m proud of him. I ‘m proud of the way he carried himself, and I am very excited for the fans of Cleveland, Ohio, who have been through a very, very rough year,” Dan told The Associated Press.
With the No. 1 pick, the Cavaliers will likely be choosing between two players — Duke point guard Kyrie Irving and Arizona forward Derrick Williams. Irving has been touted as the best player available, but with two picks in the top four, the Cavaliers must look at the best combo of players they can get, not just one.
If Cleveland were to take Irving at No. 1, they would face a tough decision once it was time to choose the No. 4 spot. Williams will be gone, and big man Enes Kanter from Turkey is likely to be gone as well. The talent drops off into an abyss after those three. Likely players to be chosen next include an array of big men.
But if the Cavs take Williams with the top choice, then they are in much better contention to grab a duo to finally make the team relevant again after James took his talents to South Beach. With Williams solidified, the Cavs then look to the point guard position where two more players will be looking at them in the face — the high scoring Kemba Walker, who is coming off a national championship, and Kentucky’s Brandon Knight, who is said to have all the potential in the world.
Walker would bring leadership to a team in dire need of it. Knight will bring the faith that the franchise needs badly after being “betrayed” by James. But then again, if Irving is the top choice, then the Cavs could be choosing the next NBA superstar.
In the end, regardless of who is drafted where, all you need to win an NBA championship is two superstars. If Irving is one, Cleveland better get halfway there.
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