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Christian Eyenga very athletic but need to add bulk

Christian EyengaThis is what I believe, that Christian Eyenga was such an eye opener, that at the NBA Draft, they did not have a name plate for him as he was being suggested as a 2nd round pick or thought to have not been picked at all. He is raw, but very athletic. The Cavaliers do not have a spot for him and can keep him in Spain for a while. While watching video of him last night, he seemed to need some more bulk to be able to handle the wear and tear of the regular season.

On to Danny Green of UNC. He is a tough defender who gives the Cavs added length wihch will be needed on the defensive end. Danny is a tough defender who may not give you a ton of offense, but is a ball hawk who makes up for his limited offense with great defensive intensity.

Here is Chad Ford, of ESPN’s analysis.
Round 1: Christian Eyenga (30)Round 2: Danny Green (46, via Bulls), Emir Preldzic (57, obtained from Cavs via Magic and Thunder)

Analysis: Danny Ferry was obviously eyeing the future when he reached for Eyenga. He’s been compared to Mickael Pietrus as an athlete and defender but he’s really raw and not ready. Green is more polished and an underrated find. Prezldic is a Euro project who may pay off.
I have to say I’m a little surprised the Cavs didn’t go for a player like Sam Young or DeJuan Blair who could’ve helped them right away. I thought the future was now in Cleveland.

Overall Grade: B-

Cavs Draft 2009

Welcome back kids to my annual NBA draft article.  Last year I missed by having the Cavs taking Roy Hibbert.  Turns out that I was on the right track, but they took little known JJ Hickson instead.  JJ ended up being a bit of a disappointment once he could not crack Mike Brown’s rotation.  Once he did, he injured his back and is still out and will not be able to play Summer League ball in Las Vegas like he did last year.  Surgery is not an option at this point, according to Cavs sources.

Now on to this year’s draft.  Many have stated that there are few big men that are worthy of a first round pick.  This is both point guard and shooting guard heavy.  Look for at least 12 players in the first round to be one of these two positions.  The Cavs, according to the Plain Dealer, have looked closely at Patrick Mills (St. Mary’s College), Nick Calathes (Florida), and Toney Douglas (Florida St.).  All 3 can play the point. 

Here is a quick breakdown of all 3:

 Patrick Mills is probably the most complete player of the three.  He had an injury which kept him out the end of the year and which cost his team a spot in the NCAA tournament.  Many teams question his point guard leadership, yet the team won over 25 games with him in the lineup.

Nick Calathes is a 6’5” point guard who left Florida early to sign with a Greek powerhouse team.  The Cavs would own the rights to him and could have him play overseas for a few years before bringing him over. 

Toney Douglas is a 6’1” 200 lbs of pure muscle.  He has come on a lot as of late and had his best season this past year, his senior year.  He averaged 21.5 points per game and was a scoring machine for Leonard Hamilton down at Tallahassee. 

For me, after the Cavs have made the move for Shaq, as multiple sources have reported, they do not have to go after a big man.  Let me remind everyone, that we still have Darnell Jackson and JJ Hickson as well as Joe Smith, Anderson Varejao, and big Z.  Therefore, the Cavs can look to go with a Small Forward or a guard since the Cavs are not impressed with the ball handling of Delonte West and Daniel Gibson who are both undersized Shooting Guards.  Look for the Cavs, if they keep the pick at number 30 to try to get an overseas player.  I am defying the odds since Danny Ferry can do a number like the Spurs did with Manu Ginobili.  Have a player play overseas (a la Omri Casspi or Jonas Jerebko) for a few years and bring them over in 2010 or 2011 along with the big free agent’s who will become available after the upcoming season. 

There are many rumors also that the Cavs may look to trade up.  If the Cavs do decide to get into mid teens to the low 20s, look for them to get Ty Lawson or Patrick Mills. 

I have one request for Danny Ferry.  Please do not get Tyler Hansborough.  He will be a bench player and a spot starter.  He works hard, but is not an elite player at the NBA level.  Think of another UNC player who was a bombout.  Like a better version of Brendan Haywood.  Better Offensively, but limited overall.

Draft Day: Big Board By Position

Top 5 Guards

  1. Ricky Rubio – 6’4” 180 lbs. (Spain) – He has been a professional player since he was 14.  He did a number on many teams during the Olympics and throughout Spain.  A great pick.  However, teams will have to pay a lot to buyout his current contract.
  2. Tyreke Evans – 6’5” 221 lbs. (Memphis – Freshman) – Left after his freshman year and leading Memphis to a great run.  Left before the huge Memphis problems and Calipari leaving for Kentucky.  Big time player who played huge minutes as a freshman.  Can lead a team and has big time potential a la Derrick Rose.
  3. Stephen Curry – 6’3” 181 lbs. (Davidson – Junior) – Son of great all time shooter Dell Curry.  He can shoot the lights out.  Questions about his ball handling and strength as he lacks shooting guard size.  Will be asked to play both the Point and Shooting Guard positions.  Instant offense.  He has seen every defense through his time at Davidson.
  4. James Harden – 6’5” 222 lbs. (Arizona State – Sophomore) – In 5 years, he may be the best player taken in the draft.  Player who plays bigger than his size.  He does all of the little things that fans and GM’s love. 
  5. Jrue Holliday – 6’4” 199 lbs. (UCLA – Freshman) – Pure point guard with great size.  Has played against the best competition not only at UCLA but when he played for the Junior World Championships before his freshman year.  He can continue to learn and to use his speed and quick decision making to take over games.  Still needs to work on his range and to take over at the end of the game.

Top 5 Forwards / Centers

  1. Blake Griffin – 6’10” 248 lbs. (Oklahoma – Sophomore) – The safest and best pick in the draft. A no brainer for the Clippers at #1. Teams say that he needs to work on his offensive game, but I disagree. He needs to work on his range, but is a tireless worker on both ends of the floor. Can grab lots of rebounds, and is strong enough to handle the rigors of the NBA game.
  2. Hasheem Thabeet – 7’2” 267 lbs. (Connecticut – Junior) – Played in the best conference for basketball and knows what its like to play against the top competition. Fantastic defensively with rebounds and blocked shots while not getting into foul trouble. A liability on the offensive end. He needs to work on low post moves with his back to the basket as well as a jumper from 8-12 ft. Very coachable.
  3. Jordan Hill – 6’10” 232 lbs. (Arizona – Junior) – Had a hard time initially with new coach. Developed well throughout the year with teammate Chase Budinger. Tireless worker who is very physical with an enforcer mentality. He can contribute offensively initially, but has to work on refining his shot selections throughout the game as he can play out of control at times.
  4. Austin Daye – 6’11” 192 lbs. (Gonzaga – Sophomore) – Great shooting range and plays very long. Uses wing span well and can play the 3 or the 4 at the pro level. Needs to hit the weight room. He is the only player who could not do the 185 lb. bench press even 1 time. Can develop into being a Tayshaun Prince type of player. Better suited for a more up-tempo style of basketball. Needs to work on being aggressive as his lack of strength has been used against him this past season.
  5. DaJuan Blair – 6’6” 277 lbs. (Pittsburgh – Sophomore) – Player of the year in the Big East. Plays bigger than his size. Works hard for rebounds. Does not get intimidated against bigger players. GM’s currently are worried about his weight (and him being another Robert Traylor), though he says that he will keep it where it is or lose a few more. Great inside game and has a very high basketball IQ.