We’re a little over two weeks away from the 2022 NBA Draft, which begins June 23, and the Cleveland Cavaliers will start out at 14th overall.
It was somewhat disappointing that the Cavaliers didn’t make the postseason despite having such a significant turnaround last season, doubling their overall wins from 22 to 44. On the plus side, the Cavs retained their winning first-round pick by them putting up lottery protection in the first-round game they picked up as part of the Caris LeVert with the Indiana Pacers, and their first-round player has the same protection next year.
Malaki Branham, Ochai Agbaji, Tari Eason, TyTy Washington Jr., Johnny Davis and Jeremy Sochan, among others, could appear to be potential targets for the Cavaliers should they keep this player there.
In the second round, the Cavaliers also have No. 39 and No. 56 picks (the latter pick was involved in the LeVert trade) via the San Antonio Spurs and Miami Heat.
It seems the Cavs could go in different directions with this number 39 should they adopt and keep this pick, with playmakers like Andrew Nembhard and Alondes Williams, a player I’m a big fan of. If the Cavs go with a player who could be significant shooting presence, or say, a combo guard in the first round, I could predict them going forward with a combo or wing that has a shooting lift up from there #39 could be.
Another goalscoring presence for Round 2 or maybe from Round 1 rejoining could be Bryce McGowens or maybe David Roddy as a forward playmaker/driver could be an interesting Round 2 target. Christian Braun could apparently be a wing shooter/situational rider to keep in mind as well.
As for another potential shooter to target in the second round, Wake Forest’s Jake LaRavia could also be a reasonable player for the Cavaliers to consider.
LaRavia’s skills could help the Cavs, who would have every right to potentially consider him in the second round.
LaRavia was a teammate of the aforementioned Alondes Williams at Wake Forest last season, and similar to Williams, LaRavia was another transfer to the Demon Deacons in 2021-22.