Last night was the NBA draft, and there were several teams that did very good in the draft. Two teams, in my opinion, that won the draft were the Cleveland Cavaliers and the New Orleans Hornets.
The Cleveland Cavaliers fell short in the lottery and were only able to get the fourth pick, but this deep draft showed that you can still get very good players even at the fourth and seventeenth pick. With the fourth pick, the Cavs selected Syracuse guard Dion Waiters. The Cavs were really desperate for a scorer, and thy hit the nail on the head with Waiters. Waiters, even though he never started a game at Syracuse, he scored 12.6 points last year. To have someone like Waiters, who is fast and can score, next to Kyre Irving is very good fortune for the Cavs. Their seventeenth pick, North Carolina center Tyler Zeller, was from a trade with the Dallas Mavericks. Reports from trainers have said that Zeller has really improved his game while preparing for the draft. He’s working on rebouning and even developing a hook for scoring. Last year at UNC, he averaged 16 points, almost 10 rebounds, and about 2 blocks every game.
The New Orleans Hornets were the other obvious winner. There’s already been enough said about Kentucky big man Anthony Davis, but the Hornets really won big time from their tenth overall pick by selecting Duke guard Austin Rivers. Rivers, son of Celtics coach Doc Rivers, avergaed 16 points, 3 rebounds, and a steal every game. With adding Davis and Rivers, the only thing the Hornets need to do is re-sign guard Eric Gordon. There have already been analysts saying that this team could be the next Oklahoma City Thunder.
Cavaliers fans, don’t miss out on more points and more big men next season. Hornets fans, don’t miss out on what looks like an excellent future for this franchise. Get your ticket now at Frontrow.com.Eric Drouant