Big decisions come up a lot within an NBA team. Who takes the last shot? Should we trade him? For the Cavaliers and Timberwolves, they are going to be making a decision that could potentially turn their franchise upside down. The #1 pick in the NBA draft will definitely change the future of one of these franchises. The Cavaliers played without Lebron this year. The team went from 61 wins and 21 losses to be the #1 seed in 2009-2010. To 19 wins and 63 losses with the #15 seed in the Eastern Conference and the #29 seed overall. The Timberwolves haven’t had a successful season in forever. The only thing they can celebrate this year was the development of their all-star; Kevin Love. These teams should think of these players not by what people have rated them but which player fits more in their team.
6’3. 191 pounds. He’s quite average athletically, and height and weight wise for his position. Nothing like Derrick Rose or Russell Westbrook. More of a similar player to Deron Williams. He averaged 17.5 points a game, 4 assists, 3 rebounds and 1.5 steals a game in his 1 year with Duke. He has tons of potential and at Duke proved to not only be a scorer but a great playmaker. He is fast and is great on the break. Which team needs him more though? The Cavaliers have Ramon Sessions quietly developing into a great point guard. He is a dangerous penetrator, and skilled passer. He is still young and still improving but he has tons of potential to offer the Cavaliers in the future. Then we have Baron Davis. He’s a 6’0, 32 year old point guard. He is cocky and may play with enough flash to make it on the Harlem Globetrotters. He throws lazy passes and dribbles carelessly. His career is slowly coming to an end even though he is a pure scorer still at his age. The Cavaliers would have a great tandem at the point guard position. Kyrie Irving starting with Ramon Sessions coming off the bench. Kyrie would be a great pick and roll partner with Anderson Varejao when he gets back from injury. They would certainly have the youngest point guards in the league. That can be a plus if you think they have more stamina and are quicker and more energetic. Although they won’t have any veterans and experienced players at the floor general, which is a must. It’s an interesting choice for the Cavaliers. Baron has really embraced playing for a poor team and bringing them back to the playoffs. Do they keep the veteran Davis and the youngster in Sessions coming off the bench? Or trade Davis and have Kyrie and Sessions at the point guard position. We’ll have to wait for June 23rd.
For the Timberwolves it’s a different story. They’re biggest flaw is at the point guard position. They switch off between Jonny Flynn, Sebastian Telfair and Luke Ridnour. They all are young and still learning but they haven’t showed much potential or talent that can carry a team. Kyrie Irving would be a perfect fit for this team, they would fill the gaping hole at the point guard position and add some scoring. They could also get some good pieces for Sebastian Telfair and Jonny Flynn.
6’8. 248 pounds. This guy is a big guy. He plays the power forward and may be a bit undersized at that position but is a big guy at the 3. He averaged 18 points and 8 rebounds in 2 years at Arizona. He’s made statements so far that have made the press and some coaches doubt his maturity. Stuff like, ” I could replace Lebron.” Or, ” I’ll win rookie of the year.” This isn’t a confident rookie, it’s called a cocky one. He definitely comes off as a hot head. We’ll have to see how he handles the heat, excitement and trash talk of the NBA. Who needs him more? The Cavaliers don’t have any consistent players at the small forward position except for Antawn Jamison who is injured right now and Samardo Samuels who has just started his path in the NBA but has proved some potential as a dirty work kind of player. Derrick Williams could be a great fit, he could fill the hole at small forward. Imagine this lineup. Anderson Varejao, JJ Hickson, Derrick Williams, Anthony Parker, Baron Davis. That’s a lineup that could win some games, especially if Derrick Williams is inserted into the starting lineup, they’ll have Antawn Jamison coming off the bench as a 6th man. The Minnesota Timberwolves really have no need for Derrick Williams. They are developing Wesley Johnson, they have a pure scorer in Michael Beasley. They won’t need him at all really. What they need in the draft is a center. A big young center to play alongside Kevin Love.
I’m sure all pure NBA fans are eager to see which team picks which player. Let’s wait till the draft and see.