Despite having the highest probability of reaching number 1 in the 2020 NBA draft, the Cavs fell to number 5 in this year's lottery.
Who might the Cavs be interested in in fifth overall? According to a recent mock from The Athletic, Cleveland could look at players like Deni Avdija or Obi Toppin.
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The two names I've gotten the most when asking about the Cavaliers are Avdija, who took 4th place here, and Toppin. That certainly doesn't mean that these are the only two names they are considering. And again, I don't think any team has made anything that resembles a final decision, even what their board looks like, let alone how it will use a particular selection. However, both names also make sense in the larger scheme.
Avidja would bring some degree of gimmicky to a team with two scoring guards running the show at Collin Sexton and Darius Garland. In Toppin, the Cavs would get an elite screen-and-roll big that can burst, roll briefly, or get to the basket. Pairing him with Drummond would give the Cavs' young guards plenty of options on the offensive. Defense? That's a whole different question, and the Cavs continue to build one of the worst defenses in league history having been the last to die for the past two seasons.
It remains to be seen whether the Cavs will actually end up in 5th place with Avidija or Toppin. Either of these would be great choices for a team still under construction after LeBron James' second exit, but will they still be available?
Avdija is a 6-foot-7 security guard / striker from Israel who made a name for himself playing for Maccabi Tel Aviv. For most experts, he is considered the No. 1 international recruit in this year's class. The 19-year-old is the size of a striker but also has excellent ball handling skills. For the 2019-20 campaign, he averaged 13.5 points at 55.0 percent shooting (38.7 percent from outside the bow), 6.1 rebounds, 2.6 assists and just under one block (0.9) per game .
At 6-foot-9 and 220 pounds, Toppin has explosive power, but he also has a clean punch of the girth. In his final season at Dayton, he was named National College Player of the Year by multiple media outlets. The 22-year-old averaged 20 points, 7.5 rebounds and 1.2 blocks per game in his senior year with the Flyers and shot 63.3 percent off the field. He also knocked down 40 percent of his 82 attempts from the 3-point line.
With the worst record in the Eastern Conference (19-46), the Cavs were removed from the invitation list for the NBA's Bladder Complex in Florida, where the 2019-20 season officially resumed. Let's see which path the team would like to take with their new asset.