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NBA Lines – Who Will Go First in NBA Draft?

Posted by Marcello Messina on 5/31/2011 8:40:44 AM

The Cleveland Cavaliers have earned this year’s top NBA lines Draft pick.

NBA Lines - Cleveland Cavaliers were 36-44-2 ATS this season.

It is widely predicted that Kyrie Irving will be chosen first in the 2011 NBA Draft, but does the Duke point guard really fit in Cleveland?

The Cavaliers will already be spending nearly $18 million on point guards for the next three seasons, a consequence of the trade in which they acquired $14 million Baron Davis. Also, apart from the overrated and overpaid Davis, Cleveland holds no big names or potential stars on their roster.

So, one must ponder: after a horrendous 19-63 NBA lines season, do the Cavaliers have much bigger needs to attend to? The answer is definitely yes. Cleveland’s biggest need is at the small forward position, though they could use a valuable center or shooting guard.

Their starting small forward, 21-year-old Christian Eyenga, was given 21.5 minutes of playing time per game this season and only produced 6.9 points per match. Second in line on their depth chart is 24-year-old Alonzo Gee, who scored an average of just 5.9 points while spending 20 minutes on the field per game. Though the Cavaliers do have young prospects for small forwards, these low-scorers are clearly not a long-term solution for a rebuilding squad.

At center position, Cleveland utilized 6’11” power forward Anderson Varejao and gave him the starting job this year with 32.1 minutes of playing time. However, Varejao scored only 9.1 points per match, ranking 42nd amongst all other power forwards in the league.

The Cavaliers’ starting shooting guard, 35-year-old Anthony Parker was also terrible all year long. Allotted 29 minutes per match, Parker only managed to score 8.3 points per game (46 th amongst other NBA shooting guards) while shooting less than .400 in both field goals and 3-pointers.

Therefore, with much bigger needs to assess, the Cleveland Cavaliers would be foolish to draft another point guard in Kyrie Irving. Instead, the Cavs should look into the second overall ranked athlete: Arizona power forward Derrick Williams.

The 6’9” Williams would provide Cleveland with an excellent shooter as well as an aggressive, penetrating attacker.

Messina Mouthful: Then again, rumors have been circulating that the Cleveland Cavaliers are looking to trade up for the second overall pick, effectively drafting Kyrie Irving and Derrick Williams.

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