The Cavs are approaching one of the most important drafts in franchise history, and should feel pressure to make the right selection considering the rare position they are in. Does Cleveland really want to take this opportunity to choose a guard who decided to skip out on combine drills and athletic testing, after playing in only 11 college games? Maybe, but while Derrick Williams’ stock continues to soar, Irving’s lack of participation and small sample of production could trigger a sense of ambivalence in regards to choosing LeBron’s replacement. We still love Irving, but from Cleveland’s perspective, Williams might be the safer play.
Williams entered the combine with criticism surrounding his athleticism, quickness and explosiveness for an NBA big. He left with the same criticism. Right now his upside doesn’t quite compel you to overlook his weaknesses. Teams might be interested in more of a “sure thing” with their one and only first round pick.
Smith’s measurements and athletic results were pretty much what you’d expect, maybe slightly worse. While other bubble first rounders such as Marshon Brooks, Jeremy Tyler, Kyler Singler, Josh Selby have begun solidifying their positions in the first round, Smith maintains the same question mark status he played with his entire career. He’s a low ceiling guard with backup potential, and should fall to a team with a need, not a want. His best shot at the first round would be Chicago at 28 or 30, but with other younger, more athletic prospects on the rise, Smith could be on the verge of a draft night slide.
About the Author
Written by Jonathan Wasserman
Jonathan Wasserman is a Syracuse University graduate, and contributor to NBADraft.net and Hoopsdaily.com. A Manhattan, New York resident, he is a long time New York Knicks season ticket holder. Feel free to email him at Jonathan.Wass@gmail.com