After weighing their options over the last few weeks “ESPN.com” reported Monday that the Cleveland Cavaliers have decided to select Duke point guard Kyrie Irving with the number one pick in the 2011 NBA Draft. The website states that their sources in the Association are saying that Cleveland has decided to go with Irving rather than select Arizona forward Derrick Williams with the first pick. The website is also reporting that Cleveland may be looking to trade the number four selection in the upcoming Draft; however unless they can package that pick with players on their current roster to get a proven NBA talent that would seem to make little sense.
The 6’4″ point guard spent one season playing for Duke and he averaged 17.5 points, 4.3 assists and 3.4 rebounds for the season. Along with forward J.J. Hickson he would be a strong building block for Cleveland as they work their way back up to contender status after former NBA MVP LeBron James left them in the lurch to sign a Free Agent deal with the Miami Heat. If the reports hold true Irving would be the third point guard selected with the top pick in the past four seasons. Derrick Rose was taken in 2008 and John Wall was selected with the first pick last year by the Washington Wizards.
With the Cavaliers having so many holes to fill it would seem unlikely that they would be in the market to trade the fourth pick in the Draft which will be held on June 23. Enes Kanter will have his second visit with Cleveland on Monday and the team was also reported to be bringing in Kentucky guard Brandon Knight on Monday as well. There has been speculation that the Cavaliers would take Williams with the first pick and then draft Knight at number four.