Let’s Pretend I’m Making Decisions for the Cavaliers on Draft Night…
Why would I draft Kyrie Irving with the first overall pick?
Here’s what we know:
The Cavs need as many good players as they can get because they suck. To use NBA JAM terminology, they’re probably aiming to get a good big player and a good little player.
Kyrie Irving is the top-rated point guard in a class that is super top-heavy with point guards. He’s good, but he isn’t that much better than Brandon Knight or Kemba Walker.
Derrick Williams, compared to the rest of the field in general and specifically at his position is a miles ahead of the competition. It’s not even close.
The Cavs pick at one AND at four. If they were to draft Williams first, (assuming Irving goes 2 or 3) they still have a pretty good chance at Brandon Knight and a 100% chance of at least getting Kemba Walker.
If they draft Irving, the best player left at number four might also be a point guard. The best two players might be point guards.
I just don’t get it. Why would you draft a guy who’s marginally better than the next-best available at his position when you can draft a guy who is head and shoulders above the next-best at his position.
Can someone explain to me why Irving is the overwhelming choice for them?