De’Andre Hunter is likely the safest pick the Cleveland Cavaliers could make. His versatile skill set will make it easy for him to translate his game to the professional level. The chances of him being a superstar might be slim, but the odds of him being a bust are even fewer.
Drafting a player such as Hunter is the ideal fit for the Cavaliers. They have already locked in the point guard position with Collin Sexton and have a promising forward in Cedi Osman. Combine this with the All-Star talent of Kevin Love and all the team really needs is either a dynamic wing player or a dominant center. Seeing as how there aren’t many highly praised centers in this draft, Hunter would be the perfect wing to fill the void in the roster.
Hunter’s fit with the team is an interesting one. While he did shoot above 40.0 percent from the 3-point line last season, he wasn’t shooting them at a high rate. Meanwhile, the Cavaliers lack any elite shooter outside of Love who has been in and out of the lineup with injuries. This means if Hunter wants to fit, he might have to improve his jump shot.
The best thing Hunter would bring to this team is his defense. The Cavaliers were one of the worst defensive teams in the league last year, giving up an average of 114.1 points per game, 24th in the league. Adding Hunter would certainly help fix this.
In the end, walking away from the 2019 NBA Draft with De’Andre Hunter is about as safe of a pick as the Cavaliers could manage. Hunter has all the tools needed to have a positive impact on an NBA team.