With the 2019 NBA Finals now in the books and the Los Angeles Lakers completing a blockbuster trade for New Orleans Pelicans center/forward Anthony Davis, the upcoming 2019 NBA Draft will definitely be one to watch.
With picks 1-4 likely set with New Orleans projected to take Zion Williamson with the top overall pick, Ja Morant to the Memphis Grizzlies at No.2, RJ Barrett to the New York Knicks at No.3 and the Pelicans(via Los Angeles) slated to take either DeAndre Hunter or a combination of Cam Reddish, Bol Bol or some unknown wildcard, the Cleveland Cavaliers at No.5 are left in the tough spot of picking what’s left of a two-player draft.
Cleveland, who has glaring needs at SG and SF could go in a variety of directions such as taking either the aforementioned Reddish, Hunter, Darius Garland out of Vanderbilt or the 6’5 195-pound Lubbock, Texas native in Jarrett Culver.
Able to lock down in the win in providing perimeter defense as well as hot from long range, Culver averaged 18.5 points, 6.4 rebounds and 3.7 assists a game during the Red Raiders Final Four run.
With Cleveland lacking a complimentary playmaker next to second-year point guard Collin Sexton, Culver would be a seamless fit at the two next to Sexton in the Cleveland backcourt.
While the draft is still 72 hours away, anything can happen between now and then, and based on the recent Davis blockbuster move to Los Angeles, everyone and everything is fair game.