Although names such as Trey Young, Michael Porter Jr. and Colin Sexton are very frequently floated around as potential draftees for the Cavs, one name that is often missed is Mikal Bridges.
Standing at 6’7” with a 7’2” wingspan, Bridges is a proven winner, having won titles at Villanova in both 2016 and 2018. As a “3 and D” wing player, he would certainly help to plug holes in Cleveland’s at best shaky defense this year with his length and defense. During his last season at Villanova, Bridges averaged 17 points per game on 32 minutes per game while shooting almost 44% from beyond the arc, the type of player that the Cavs could fit into their system.
This draft pick will eventually come down to what direction the Cavs decide to pursue with LeBron’s looming decision. If the front office feels that LeBron is gone, then they may shy away from Bridges as he seems more of a system player than a centerpiece and opt to select a more dynamic player like Trey Young or Michael Porter Jr. However, if Dan Gilbert and Koby Altman feel LeBron will stay, they may take this pick and trade it in a deal for Kahwi Leonard or Kemba Walker and try to close the gap between us and the Warriors and Rockets.
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