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Irving was a no-brainer, but what about Thompson at #4 last year? In retrospect, was/is he the fourth best player? And if not, what can we expect at 4 this year?
Hollinger and other."experts" had Thompson as the second best rookie. I would like to see Beal now that he is 6'5 in shoes instead of 6'3.
Not sure on Thompson yet. Although I do believe he will have a solid NBA career I am not so sure he is a marquee player.
With that said I am ok with either Beal or Barnes. I would perfer Barnes personally, but I would be estatic with either (besides, by taking Beal they still leave room for Lebron to come back and play SF after he opts out at the end of next season....lol).
Thompson definitely showed some ability this year. He's a solid shot blocker and has a left and right jump hook. He obviously needs to continue to learn, develop, and get much more physical but I was actually pleasantly surprised.
It is absolutely a must that we draft a guard with our first pick. I guess Barnes and Kyrie are really good friends and have heard they've been working out together. It'd be nice to get a center like Melo or Ezeli with the second first round pick. We need a physical presence our front line is weak. I would also love to see Darius Miller at 6'7 238 in the second round; plays tough defense and shoots the three.
Thompson has great motor, effort, body, athleticism....things you can't teach. He's coachable and needs to be coached up on footwork, post moves, etc.....I'd be good with Beal, Barnes or Kidd Gilchrist should he fall to #4
Lebron can opt out after 2 more seasons, not next year.
Here would be my board for the Cavs....
As you can tell, I'm not a huge Barnes or MKG fan...I would love it if they went Lamb over those two.
Thompson was better than I thought, but I think he is still a high energy, defensive player. I think not waiting a year for Valanciunas was a mistake because we still don't have a big man. I see him as a 15-10 player, which is so much more valuable at center.
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100% on Thompson. Kid is young...should be a college JR next year. He's got a lot to learn but seems coachable.
Darius Miller not bad too...he's experienced, he's already played several years of professional basketball.
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I would do the 4 & 24 for 6 & 11 trade is a second.
Grab Barnes at 6 which would be better value then if you take him at 4, but your options at 11 are endless. Lamb or Rivers or Jones would all be excellent picks. Hell, even Sully at 11 would work.
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Beal would be the logical pick, however i thinl we miss him by one pick. Barnes i think is overrated, most Carolina players don't pan out in the NBA.IMO.... I thought the Cavs did alright drafting Thompson last year, it was a weak draft and they meant one of their needs. Hes probably not going to ba an all star, but hes a guy that plays hard and can give you 13-15 points and 8-10 rebounds.
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