One Pound of Sadness: How should the Cavs use the #1 pick?

Ahh the Number One Draft Pick.  Are there any sweeter words, any better prize for fans of a team that had a bad season?  Outside of the obvious (that you have the chance to get the most talented player, who can have the biggest impact on your teams performance), being the first team to select in a draft has some other perks.  Let’s take a look at those and go over the Cavs most likely options.

3. Trade the Pick

The Cavs front office has made it clear that they’re willing to hear offers to move up and snag that #1 overall pick. While the value in this draft probably isn’t terribly high, there are a couple of teams in the top ten who would probably feel better if they knew with certainty that they would get their guy. That said, its usually not worth the return on investment in the NBA to give away the top pick. The cut off in talent after the top 5 or so usually just doesn’t translate well, and there may only be one true star or even starter in any given draft year. This year, I feel like that’s probably the case. There are at least a dozen trade scenarios that I’ve read being floated, but none of them make sense to me, so I won’t go over them individually. The Cavs have been on the right track the past few seasons with building young and building by fit, so moving away from that strategy seems a little foolish to me.

2. Draft Nerlens Noel.

If this draft was ten years ago, I would be livid if the Cavs entertained any strategy other than drafting Noel. Injury aside, he has the potential to be a dominant interior force (once he bulks up a bit) in the league for years to come. A nice balance of size and athletism, Noel would beef up the front court for the Cavs. Even with the ACL injury, Noel has the best sports doctor and the best physical therapist in the country. I’m confident that he’ll recover, but I don’t think it matters. The NBA has become a wing league. Teams don’t run their offense through bigs and into the post anymore. You need a SF, you need someone who can facilitate/move the ball, and you need shooters. Which brings me to the best fit for the Cavs in my opinion…

1. Draft Otto Porter

Porter seems to make the most sense of anyone in the discussion to me. The Cavs have a solid set of bigs in Andy Varejao and Tristan Thompson, and a dynamic backcourt with Dion Waiters and Kyrie Irving. The big piece we’re missing, as we’ve been missing since Lebron’s departure, is a SF to rack up points and play the wing. Porter is probably the most game one ready player in this years draft, and should develop into at minimum a consistent scorer and starter in this league. Pair him with Kyrie, who can effectively play the point, shoot and score, and the Cavs will have a nice one-two punch on offense. Also, given the Cavs draft strategy in recent years of character and fit, and drafting Porter makes more and more sense.


One Pound Of Sadness: Why Nick Gilbert is the perfect hero for Cleveland

God loves Nick Gilbert. 

Of this there can be no doubt, as Nicky’s phenomenal luck has for the second time in three years secured the Cleveland Cavaliers the number one overall pick in the NBA draft.  Nick might have had to overcome a lot due to his health issues, but I think I can say with certainty that he has come to embody the long awaited karma for an entire city as much as anyone can.  Cleveland, the town of bad breaks and tough luck, where for so long we’ve waited for karma to swing back our way and wash away all the sports suffering we’ve had to endure.   This town deserves a hero, a living embodiment of our good karma made manifest.  That manifestation of good karma is Nick Gilbert.

Let’s look at facts.  In his personal life, Nick has beaten the odds over and over, enduring chemotherapy and other painful treatments to remove the tumors caused by his condition.  In the 2011 lottery, the pick that ended up being Kyrie Irving at number one overall, was a trade pick from the Clippers as part of the Baron Davis salary dump/trade.  It wasn’t supposed to be a top five pick, and it had ridiculously long odds on getting top three.  No one thought it was going to be the number one pick.  Yet, here comes Nick Gilbert, with his hand of luck and karma, and the Cavs landed their new superstar.  Nick also netted us the number four pick in that draft, who turned out to be Tristan Thompson, part of the talented young corps of the Cavs.  The following year, Nick’s luck seemed to buckle, but we still ended up with All-NBA Rookie team selection Dion Waiters, further deepening the Cavs talented young team.  Now, Nick has done it again.  With the number one pick in this years draft, the Cavs look to further build what could be a long term powerhouse. 

Guys already want to come play with Kyrie, and with such collection of talented young players, the Cavs are looking to turn around the disaster caused by Lebron bailing on us.   And when we look back at when it finally turned around, when karma finally paid us back for all the bad we’ve endured, we should remember one name.  Nick Gilbert.