Cleveland Cavaliers

Who should the Cavaliers draft?
Ben McLemore

Position SG | College Kansas Jay Hawks | Age 20

Player stats, strengths + weaknesses

  • Kansas Coach Bill Self described Ben McLemore as the most talented kid he's ever coached.
  • NBA Comparison: Ray Allen with more atheltisim
  • Height: 6'5"
  • Weight: 189 lbs
  • 15.9 points
  • 87% shooting from the foul line
  • 5.2 rebounds
  • 49.5% shooting from the field
  • 2.0 assists
  • 42% shooting from behind the arc

Most Mock Drafts have the Cavs selecting Nerlens Noel but the Cleveland Cavaliers may be considering going in a different direction with their #1 overall draft selection. In a series of tweets posted on Friday afternoon, Sam Amico stated, “Cavs front office seriously dissecting possibility of drafting Ben McLemore with No. 1 pick, source says.”

He then added, “Consensus for Cavs is McLemore has potential to be dynamic scorer. But yes, they wonder if it could work with Dion Waiters,” which brings up yet again the obvious debate over whether a team should draft the player they think will be the most prolific talent, or the player that actually plays a position at which they need a body.

We know, for example, that when the Portland Trail Blazers drafted Sam Bowie over Michael Jordan in 1984, they did so knowing full well that M.J. was the better player, but they already had Clyde Drexler on the roster at Jordan’s position. That made drafting the big body a much easier decision, even if it was the wrong one.

At the Cavs Draft Party celebrating with Sir C.C.

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