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With the Cleveland Cavaliers holding the eighth overall selection in the NBA draft, the mocks just keep coming, almost daily, it seems.
However, one we’ve shared with you for weeks has been that of Jonathan Givony of ESPN.
In his latest mock, dropped Wednesday morning, Givony has the Cavaliers selecting Michael Porter Jr. The 6-foot-10, 214-pound combo forward out of the University of Missouri averaged 19.9 points per game for the Tigers this season.
Of Porter Jr. and the Cavaliers, Givony writes:
Cleveland’s remarkable NBA Finals run and the renewed chemistry that appears to have been forged between LeBron James and the rest of the roster seem to bode well for the Cavaliers’ prospects of keeping the NBA’s most dominant player.
Continuing to stockpile young talent 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.
Porter came into the season with hopes of making a run at being the No. 1 pick in the draft. Unfortunately, he wasn’t able to build his case because of a back injury. Porter’s size, 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. Adding more shooting and shot creation will likely be a priority at the wing and combo forward spots in order to ease some of the offensive load James is forced to shoulder every night.