The 2019 NBA Draft was a highly anticipated one for the Cleveland Cavaliers. So, how did they do?
It’s one of the most important times of the year in the NBA. The offseason is filled with opportunities for growing teams to improve. Whether it be free agency or the draft, this is where franchises are given a chance to make the jump to the next level. The Cleveland Cavaliers are looking to build through the draft and that is exactly what they began doing Thursday night.
The Cavs have been put into this position of rebuilding after the devastating loss of not only Kyrie Irving, but LeBron James as well. With the departure of these two generational talents, the Cavaliers are facing a tall task of rising from the ashes to become a championship contending team once again.
Through one season, they’ve proven this will be easier said then done. Finishing with a 19-63 record, Cleveland was one of the three worst teams in the entire league. Luckily, this secured them a solid spot in the 2019 NBA Draft, landing at No. 5 overall in the pecking order.
In addition to this, they managed to grab a late first round pick (No. 26) through a earlier trade with the Houston Rockets. Finally, a draft-night trade gave them the chance to select 30th overall as well.
So, with this pivotal draft ahead of them and many options to choose from, how did the Cavaliers do on draft night? In total, the Cavaliers made three picks Thursday night. Let’s break down the reasoning behind each of their decisions and grade them.