The names change from year to year, but the circumstances remain the same. Some lucky team (Cleveland is the big winner this time around) is hoping to find the player(s) that can deliver them from the necessary evil that is the Lottery.
Kyrie Irving, Derrick Williams, Brandon Knight and Enes Kanter have all been mentioned possibilities for the Cavaliers for one of their two top four picks (No. 1 and No. 4) in this Draft. And that’s if the Cavaliers don’t decide to move one of those picks for more assets and the ability to move down the Draft order and still get what they need with two chances to strike it rich.
With so much on the line, we had to stack the lineup for the The Hang Time Podcast Draft Special. NBA.com’s college basketball guru Chris Dortch, editor of the Blue Ribbon College Basketball Yearbook, breaks down the players. Longtime Cavaliers writer Mary Schmitt Boyer of the Plain Dealer sets the scene for us in Cleveland. And HT’s West Coast bureau chief and NBA.com’s draft specialist Scott Howard Cooper helps us make sense of it all, both the domestic and international draft scene, after his trip to Italy for the adidas Eurocamp.
As always, we welcome your feedback. You can follow the entire crew, including the Hang Time Podcast, co-hosts Lang Whitaker of SLAM Magazine and Sekou Smith of NBA.com, as well as our super producer Micah Hart of NBA.com’s All Ball Blog.