Thankfully, the Cavs didn't trade away the top pick and ended up selecting Andrew Wiggins. And take a look at that style! Not only are we getting a star player, but also a walking advertisement for Petitti's. But let's be honest, the Cavs really only had two options with this pick, and those were Wiggins and Parker. If you were surprised about this pick, or you don't know what you're getting in Wiggins, feel free to peruse some of the older articles we've had on the subject (look, I'll even help you out here).
I could use this post to embellish how well Wiggins will fit with the roster and how the team has a major Canadian movement, but I don't know if that will really benefit anyone. If you care to debate about whether or not the Wiggins pick was good, feel free to rant in the comments. Instead, I'm going to look into the other picks and moves that were made later in the evening, possibly later than most of you cared to watch.
With the number 33 pick in the draft, the Cavs selected Joe Harris, a shooting guard out of Virginia. Harris was a player selected with a very distinct role in mind on this team. A four year player for the other Cavalier squad, Harris was a solid scorer and 3-point shooter. He may not have the best upside or athleticism, but he's a solid passer with a decent handle who promises to be a good spot-up shooter at the NBA level. If you take a look at the Duke vs. Virginia game in the ACC Tournament, you can see that Harris had some big moments in the second half of the game including a slick drive, a beautiful pass, and a game-clinching 3-pointer:
For those of you stat junkies, here are his per game and advanced statistics in the 4 years he played in college:
Harris will likely play a complementary role to Dion and Kyrie as a pure shooter from the outside. He'll fit in nicely in Blatts' system with his ability to pass and move around the court without the ball. It's likely Harris will be the 3rd or 4th man off the bench in the near future.
The second selection that the Cavs made, as a result of the Gee trade, was Dwight Powell at pick number 45. Powell is a four year player out of Stanford that has a great mid range game and moves almost like a small forward, even with his 6'10 frame. He will most likely be a prototypical stretch-4 in the NBA that will thrive off of the pick-and-pop game. According to DraftExpress, Powell relies heavily on his face up game and draws fouls at a high rate as a result. If you want to take a look at Powell, the following is a workout video that emphasizes his jump shot and quickness:
And again, here are the stats for Powell during his college years:
Regardless of how the off-season goes, we're sure to have some excitement. Make sure to mark down July 11-21 for the Las Vegas Summer League. With Bennett, Wiggins, Karasev, Dellavedova, Harris, and Powell being coached by Blatt, it'll be a great look into the (hopefully) bright future of this team.