Little more than 24 hours before the 2011 NBA Draft takes place, Cleveland Cavaliers General Manager Chris Grant according to a report from “ESPN.com” has revealed his team will keep and use both the first and the fourth picks in the first round. There had been conjecture that the Cavaliers may have been interested in trading the fourth pick in recent days. Now the question becomes will the Cavaliers draft Kyrie Irving and Enes Kanter with their two selections or will they decide to choose Derrick Williams and Brandon Knight?
There have also been reports that the Cavaliers would try to acquire the second pick in the draft which belongs to the Minnesota Timberwolves, however Grant inferred that the T-Wolves were looking for too much in return for the pick. Most NBA observers believe that Cleveland has decided on drafting Duke point guard Irving with the first selection which most likely means they would draft the center Kanter who is a native of Turkey with the fourth pick. They also have interest in big man Jonas Valanciunas but there are concerns that he will play in Europe next season.
The other scenario would be Cleveland taking Arizona Wildcats forward Derrick Williams with the first pick in the Draft and then selecting Kentucky point guard Brandon Knight with their second selection in the first round. The concern with Williams is what position he would play in the NBA; he is undersized to play at the power forward slot but he may not possess the ball handling skills needed to be successful as a small forward in the Association.
Cleveland goes into Thursday night’s Draft holding four picks. Besides their two picks in the first round they also will select twice in the second round. There have been reports that the Cavaliers are trying to package their two second round selections to acquire a third pick late in the first round.