The Cleveland Cavaliers had one of the worst records in the NBA last season at 19-63. Because of it, they received the fifth overall pick in the NBA Draft as a result. With that pick, they took point guard Darius Garlund form Vanderbilt University.
He had a knee injury in college that only allowed him to play in five games. Garlund is a tremendous shooter and that is one of the reasons why General Manager Koby Altman took him with him with that selection.
Darius Garlund will be in the back court with Collin Sexton, who was drafted with the eighth overall pick in the 2018 NBA Draft. They had that selection because they acquired it in a trade with the Boston Celtics and that pick belonged to the Brooklyn Nets originally.
Cleveland also had the 26th pick in the NBA Draft and they had that pick because it was acquired in a trade with the Houston Rockets. With that selection, the Cavaliers took another shooter in Dylan Windler from Belmont University.
I did not know much about him nor have I ever heard of him until this pick. I saw his stat-line on the draft screen and he was averaging a double-double at Belmont.
The Cleveland Cavaliers did not have another first-round pick until they sent four future second-round picks to the Detroit Pistons for the 30th pick. With that selectpn, Cleveland took shooting guard Kevin Porter Jr. from USC.
A lot of people like the pick a lot for them because he a ton of potential. Some Cavaliers fans were up roaring on social media that they didn’t take him with the 26th pick, but a lot of people aren’t complaining about this draft after all.
It was clear that this team wanted to acquire shooting at the NBA Draft because Cleveland was one of the worst teams at shooting the basketball a season ago.
None of these players may be tremendous defenders at the next level, but it is clear that this franchise wants to model the way the Golden State Warriors shoot the basketball. It is important to have scorers in the NBA today because if you don’t, it will be very hard to win games.
Cleveland also signed Duke center Marques Bolden and guard Phil Booth from Villanova as undrafted free agents.
Darius Garlund will most likely not play in the summer league, but he is most likely expected to be ready to begin next season.
Windler and Porter Jr. will most likely start the season off the bench.
This team is still a couple of seasons away from being a playoff team again, but this draft was possibly a step in the right direction.
Former University of Michigan coach John Beilein will be the new head coach for this team this season and he was signed to a five-year deal in the offseason. Beilein is 68 years old.