Only the Cleveland Cavaliers could find a way to get three No. 1 draft picks in four years…and still desperately need to nail the third one. With their fifth top-four pick in the last four drafts, the Cavs need to get the 2014 NBA Draft right in order to make the playoffs (like they were supposed to last year). Joel Embiid looked like the easy choice at No. 1 and the second coming of Hakeem Olajuwon, but then a stress fracture in his foot derailed his draft stock. Even when Cleveland gets lucky, God still hates them.
However, having the No. 1 pick has given the Cavs plenty of options. Jabari Parker and Andrew Wiggins are still available if Cleveland keeps its pick. The Cavaliers have also been tempted by a number of offers from teams looking to move up in the draft. While trading the No. 1 pick in such a loaded draft seems like a bad idea on principle, there are a number of big names floating around that might lure a certain king back to the promised land – and make no mistake, bringing LeBron James home is the idea behind every move Cleveland has made for months.
Without further ado, here are the six best options available to the Cavs right now, along with grades on how each one would play out. While so many options means more chances for failure, perhaps the Cavs can leave behind the unpleasant memories of Anthony Bennett‘s rookie season and finally put the franchise on the path to its first championship. Don’t screw this up, Cleveland.