When the Cavs traded with the Bucks for the 30th pick in June 2019 to select Kevin Porter Jr., it may have been the biggest steal of the draft. With the Cavs having the assets to make another one of these types of moves, who could they target in the upcoming draft?
Aleksej, a seven foot power forward from Serbia, is one of the youngest and most interesting prospects in the draft at the age of eighteen. With the ability to ball handle, play in transition, and shoot, he could be a solid role player in the Cavs future. The only downside to him would be his body. Being seven feet tall, he would need to put on a lot of muscle to survive in the NBA. If the Cavs can get him and keep him long term, they can basically redshirt him his first year to gain weight and muscle so he can have a productive time in the league.
With Jalen Smith projected to be a late first to early second round pick, the 6’10” power forward has solid upside in the league. For current Cavs starter Kevin Love, it’s only a matter of time before he is traded or his contract runs out. Unless the team uses a top pick on another power forward, Smith could be a great rebounder and defender for the Cavs. Last year at Maryland, he averaged sixteen points, eleven boards, and 2.5 blocks a game. He is a great hustle player and defender. The Cavs, being somewhat weak defensively, could use someone who can provide some scoring and defense when needed. With his three point percentage going up to 37% albeit on a meager three attempts per game, he has shown great potential in his play at college. To add to that, his free throw percentage went up nine percent during his college career, reflecting that his shooting is improving. He could be a great addition to the Cavs.
Jordan Nwora has shown he is a great three point shooter and rebounder. He is a 6’7” small forward who can shoot efficiently from the field and the three, grab rebounds on both ends of the floor, and play good on and off ball defense. With a quick release and effortless driving on offense, Nwora could be a solid option on both ends of the floor.
Tyler Bey, the 6’7”, 218 pound forward from Colorado, could become a solid top of rotation bench player for the Cavs. He is a great defender who has great footwork, can switch to the perimeter well, and is a great rim protector. He can provide the defense the Cavs so desperately need if they’re still going to have Kevin Love and Andre Drummond as their starting forwards.
Precious Achiuwa, a 6’9” 225 lb. forward from Memphis, can become a Ben Wallace-like player in the NBA. Achiuwa is a good rebounder and post defender and has the potential to become a solid shooter in the NBA, posting a 33% three-point-percentage, though on only 1.3 attempts a game. He has a massive 7’2.25” wingspan and has the frame to add a lot of muscle in the future. He can score with authority around the rim, grab rebounds including offense boards, and can protect the paint and can get some blocks.
Though there may be other hidden gems in the draft, these are five players the Cavs could use. It is rather clear that the Cavs need help in their frontcourt for their future, since their youngest/person with most potential is Andre Drummond, who may leave this or the next year. If the Cavs get any of these players or not, as long as they make the right moves and get younger, that’s all that matters.