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Cleveland may shake up draft with Otto Porter


via Dime Mag

Having the first overall pick in any draft is always a blessing. However, that can also put you in a very sensitive position. An example of this is the 2007 draft. There were 2 clear choices, Greg Oden and Kevin Durant. Portland had the tough choice and Seattle will take whoever the Blazers leave on the table. The Blazers took Oden, and Seattle (now OKC) found their future franchise player.

 In a draft with no clear number 1 pick, Cleveland has to choose wisely. They may accelerate their playoff hopes or become the league’s laughing stock with their choice.



per Dime Mag:



At the top of the draft, there are a number of different directions that the Cavaliers can go. Just two years ago they won the lottery and drafted budding superstarKyrie Irving and the improving Tristan Thompson. Last year, they went with Dion Waiters and Tyler Zeller. Other that they are thin across the roster and need to add talent. But one position in particular is in dire need of filling.



For two years, the team avoided filling the slot left void by The King to save that player from the pressure of replacing a legend. Otto Porter Jr. is the perfect prospect to take that mantle. He fits a need, can play with Irving, and has the potential to be a truly great player at his position.



They can also go big with Nerlens Noel, perimeter scoring with Ben McLemore, or trade out of the spot for a veteran. The team could use a veteran to help them make the jump from “will be good in a few years” to “good right now.” Who is available? What is this No. 1 pick worth? Should the Cavaliers entertain a move? So many things can happen here at the top that will cause a major ripple effect through the rest of the draft.

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