Now that the Miami Heat have taken the title for the 2012-13 season, everyone in the NBA will begin to focus on the 2013-14 season. This offseason should be very interesting and it all begins June 27th with the 2013 NBA Draft. The Cleveland Cavaliers have the first pick for the second time in three years. Two years ago they took an unproven but talented point guard Kyrie Irving who has quickly blossomed into one of the NBA’s best point guards. If the Cavs can repeat their draft success this year, their franchise will be one to watch for in coming seasons.
Unfortunately for those in charge in Cleveland, there is no clear-cut number one choice and plenty of different directions they could go. The Cavs need help on the wing, they were 23rd in the NBA in three-point percentage last season, and on defense. Kentucky center Nerlens Noel is a proven shot-blocker and rebounder but is unpolished on offense and coming off a torn ACL. Another option inside is Alex Len, a 7’-1’’ center from Maryland, who has more offensive skill and plenty of size (7’-4’’ wingspan). If the Cavs decide to pick a wing player they have multiple choices as well. Ben McLemore from Kansas is a great athlete with a smooth shooting touch, plenty of size, and as much star-potential as anyone in this class. Victor Oladipo from Indiana has plenty of athleticism, the potential to be an elite perimeter defender, and a developing offensive game. Georgetown’s Otto Porter, a 6’-9’’ do-everything small forward, could help the Cavs on both ends of the floor.
Other players who will surely be lottery picks include UNLV power forward Anthony Bennett (whose combination of size and skill may also interest the Cavaliers), and point guards Michael Carter-Williams and Trey Burke (Michigan’s National Player of the Year).
Interested in attending the 2013 NBA Draft at Barclays Center next Thursday? NBA Draft tickets start at $27 for 200 Level, $52 for 100 Level, and $104 for Lower Level.
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