Although many experts consider this year to be a poor draft class, the 10th pick could quite possibly be the same as the 19th from a talent-perspective. This, of course, could favor the Cavaliers tremendously later in the first round if they hit successfully on their second selection.
Below are a handful of players who could be available at pick No. 19 that also possess the potential to make a bigger-than-expected impact in the Association. Each of these players could also help the Cavaliers immediately, starting with 2013-14 season.
Obviously, what the Cavs do with the 1st overall pick will greatly affect what they do with the 19th. If Ben McLemore is selected at No. 1, they will likely not take a SG at 19. If they pick Otto Porter, they will likely not take a SF and if they take Nerlens Noel they will likely pass on a center.
While the individual workouts that are yet to begin could influence the Cavaliers' ultimate decision, this is my pre-workout prediction for who they could be targeting at No. 19.
Kentavious Caldwell-Pope, SG, Georgia
Pope left Georgia and declared for the NBA draft after his sophomore year. He skyrocketed into the first round with his performance this past season. Caldwell-Pope averaged 18.5 points and 5.9 rebounds per game last year while shooting 43.8 percent from the field and 37.7 from behind the arc.
This organization needs a pure scorer who can create for himself and that is exactly the kind of player that Caldwell-Pope is. He did a great job of creating and making tough shots off-the-dribble this past season, making about 42 percent of his pull-up jump shots.
Being 6’6” at the shooting guard position, he can either be a legitimate scoring threat off the bench or possibly start at the two if the Cavaliers decide to move Dion Waiters into a James Harden circa OKC Thunder role as the sixth man.
Pope is a very similar player to Waiters, but the Cavaliers need to get the best available player with this pick and he could very well be that player. Adding a scoring threat like Caldwell-Pope with the 19th pick would be huge for Cleveland. Hopefully they capitalize if the opportunity presents itself.no comments