Insider sees Cavs taking Oklahoma’s Young at No. 8

Though their odds of landing the top pick in the 2018 NBA Draft are slim, the Cleveland Cavaliers are at least in the game.

So, you’re saying there’s a chance?

Yes, but not a great one. The Cavaliers, via the first-round draft pick they own of the Brooklyn Nets via the Kyrie Irving deal back on Aug. 22, own the eighth-best odds of landing the top pick, at 2.8 percent.

Odds on Cleveland landing a top-three pick at the NBA Draft Lottery on Tuesday night in Chicago are a bit better, at 9.9 percent.

In an in-depth piece looking at the lottery and the draft, ESPN‘s Jonathan Givony says if the Cavaliers pull off a surprise and land a top-three pick Tuesday night, the should select, in order, either:

1. Deandre Ayton.

2. Luka Doncic.

3. Jaren Jackson Jr.

However, if Cleveland ends up staying in its position going into the lottery, eighth, Givony sees the Cavaliers selecting Oklahoma point guard Trae Young.

He writes:

“Cleveland’s sweep of Toronto and the renewed chemistry that appears to have been forged between LeBron James and the rest of the roster seems to bode well for their prospects of keeping the NBA’s most dominant player.

“Continuing to stockpile young talent that the King is excited about certainly wouldn’t hurt their pitch, and it just so happens that one of the most talented players in the draft could be sitting here at No. 8. Young plays a huge position of need for this squad, which has cycled through more than a half-dozen guard options over the course of the season.

“If Young is gone, one of the many frontcourt options — such as (Wendell) Carter, (Mohamed) Bamba, either (Mikal) Bridges or (Michael) Porter — could also be attractive.”

3 Comments on "Insider sees Cavs taking Oklahoma’s Young at No. 8"

  1. Well, that was ugly.

    • With a capital U, Wolv! These kinds of results are not anything unusual this time of year, though. Cavs need only one win in Beantown and it could come as early as Tuesday night. As for this one, file and forget, then move on..

  2. Where does ESPN-ABC get these sorry play by play analysts …. As a Cavs fan all I could ask for is a little neutrality and not have to listen to these crappy announcers that basically yell and cheer everything the Celtics do anything positive and downplay any-thing the Cavs do ….Bad to have to watch the game muted but appears to my only option …. Trae Young looked good all year but took several horrific shots at the end of the tournament game instead of passing the ball that cost Oklahoma the game …. Don’t know if he’d fit in with Lebron….

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