The Cavaliers will finally learn during Tuesday
night’s lottery where they are drafting next month. Unfortunately, there
isn’t a set of pingpong balls on the planet that will improve the
quality of this draft.
We’ve heard for months this could be the worst draft in 25 years, but just how bad is it?
This bad: One NBA talent evaluator
said last week he isn’t sure there is a future All-Star anywhere in this
draft. To put that in perspective, every draft between 1978 and 2008
has produced at least three All-Stars, except one year (2007). That
draft is still too young to judge, since guys like Mike Conley, Jeff
Green and Joakim Noah could still make an All-Star team before their
careers are through.
And to be fair, no one thought Manu
Ginobili would be a two-time All-Star, otherwise he wouldn’t have lasted
until the 57th pick in 1999. So no one will really know how good or bad
this draft is until at least five years from now.
What is fair and obvious is that an
already thin pool was crippled by Jared Sullinger, Perry Jones and
Harrison Barnes choosing to return to school for another year. Barnes
particularly could’ve really helped the Cavs, who arguably had the worst
collection of wing players in the league last season.
But the lack of talent in this draft
isn’t news to the organization. They essentially purchased the Los
Angeles Clippers’ lottery pick for $12 million (the difference between
Mo Williams’ contract and Baron Davis’ contract) knowing full well this
was a weak crop.