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With the wounds still fresh from another beating at the hands of the Boston Celtics in the Eastern Conference Finals on Tuesday night, perhaps a Band-Aid for the team’s followers could come in the form of a mock draft.
With Cleveland holding what is now known to be the eighth overall selection in the June draft after the lottery held before Tuesday’s Game 2, previously of the Brooklyn Nets and acquired as part of the Kyrie Irving deal Aug. 22, the mocks will come fast and furious.
We’ve posted those by Jonathan Givony of ESPN previously and the ESPN insider posted his latest after the results of the lottery were known.
He has the Cavaliers selecting Michael Porter Jr. of out the University of Missouri with the eighth overall selection.
The 6-foot-10, 214-pound Porter Jr., a combination forward, averaged 19.8 points for the Tigers last season.
Of Porter, Givony writes:
Porter came into the 2017-18 season with hopes of making a run at being the No. 1 pick in the draft. He wasn’t able to build his case, however, because of a back injury.
Porter’s size, shot-creation skill and scoring instincts will nevertheless make him a coveted prospect in June. He is a playmaker on both ends of the floor and is just starting to figure out how to put his talent to full use.