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Report: Cavs 'commit' to Kyrie Irving at No. 1?

Posted on: June 20, 2011 4:43 pm
Edited on: June 20, 2011 5:15 pm
The Cleveland Cavaliers have reportedly decided that they will draft Duke point guard Kyrie Irving with the No. 1 selection in the 2011 NBA Draft. Posted by Ben Golliver.


Have the Cleveland Cavaliers officially decided on their man?

The Cavaliers hold the No. 1 overall pick in Thursday's 2011 NBA Draft and have long been expected to take Duke point guard Kyrie Irving with the pick. reports that Cleveland has made up its mind:
The Cavaliers, after taking the temperature of the Timberwolves and Jazz to see if Kyrie Irving could somehow fall to No. 4 in Thursday's NBA draft, are now committed to the former Duke guard as the No. 1 pick and are fielding offers for the fourth pick, league sources said Monday.

In preparation for the No. 4 pick, Cleveland brought in Kentucky point guard Brandon Knight for a visit Monday.

And former Kentucky student Enes Kanter of Turkey, who was ruled by the NCAA to be permanently ineligible with the school, returned Monday for a second visit.
Meanwhile, the Cleveland Plain Dealer disputes the report on Twitter, writing: "My NBA sources dispute ESPN report that Cavs have committed to Kyrie Irving at No. 1, but that doesn't mean they won't wind up taking him."
This one probably qualifies as non-news. Since the Cavaliers won the Draft Lottery, Irving has been penciled in as their selection. The only other prospect in the running for the No. 1 selection is Arizona forward Derrick Williams, and it would be a massive upset if the Cavaliers selected him over Irving. 

Things get a bit more interesting with the No. 4 pick, as there is no consensus as to who should go there. Flipping the pick to another lottery team to move a few spots up or down is definitely an option that's in play. Trading out of the pick entirely to obtain a proven veteran to help make Irving's life easier wouldn't be the worst idea either.

It's just unclear how valuable the No. 4 pick in a 2-player draft is.

Since: Jun 21, 2011
Posted on: June 21, 2011 1:24 am

Report: Cavs 'commit' to Kyrie Irving at No. 1?

Kyrie Irving is the ONLY player who qualifies for #1 selection in the draft...Derrick Williams does not possess enough overall basketball skills--his athleticism is prevalent, however it's NOT nearly enough to separate him as a standout player in the NBA.

He LACKS Kyrie Irving's ability to read the court, his in-depth Basketball IQ, and extreme ball handling skills... Derrick Williams is not the total package...NOR does he have consistent talent...

He stood out in the Duke vs. Arizona game, however his raw talent and pure athleticism hasn't been there since his freshman year two years ago... and won't be developed onto a threshold like Kyrie Irvings without tremendous help from NBA trainers and coaches....

The possibility for Kyrie Irving's success is endless, as he offers raw talent that can be crafted into any superior talent in the league, with little effort...his god given talent, magnetic personality, humbleness, and huge "public likeability factor" makes him the #1 pick in the NBA Draft.


Since: Nov 3, 2007
Posted on: June 20, 2011 10:55 pm

Report: Cavs 'commit' to Kyrie Irving at No. 1?

They should take Williams #1 and Walker at #4.

Since: Dec 30, 2007
Posted on: June 20, 2011 10:47 pm

Report: Cavs 'commit' to Kyrie Irving at No. 1?

DO NOT pass on Derrick Williams !!!!

Since: Dec 10, 2008
Posted on: June 20, 2011 8:25 pm

Report: Cavs 'commit' to Kyrie Irving at No. 1?

what are you nuts? Take the best player available, no matter who it is or what position he plays. this team needs everything, and I would trade anyone on the roster, for a lottery pick next year, and play all the kids. too many good players there to build your team next year too.

Since: Jun 8, 2011
Posted on: June 20, 2011 7:11 pm

Report: Cavs 'commit' to Kyrie Irving at No. 1?

The Cavaliers would be wise to just take Derrick Williams and swing back with the number 4 pick and take Knight or Walker, whichever falls to them after Utah takes a point. The gap between Irving and Knight/Walker is waaaaay closer then Derrick Williams and....Ines Kanter? Exactly. Williams & Kemba Walker will draw more fans and give the franchise more buzz then Irving and a "any other team's rotation fill-in" @ #4

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