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Who says the city of Cleveland never wins anything? For the third time in four years the Cavaliers have nabbed the top pick in the NBA draft lottery.

Ok, so that's nothing to brag about but it does provide hope. For Cavs fans, that hope may simply be for the franchise to find the next LeBron James instead of another Anthony Bennett.

Sound Off: Who should Cleveland take with the top pick in the 2014 NBA Draft?

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# 1 maltliquor23 @ 05/21/14 01:25 PM
Doctor Emmet L Brown. To build them a time machine and talk someone out of drafting Anthony Bennett. I would like to see Embiid Drafted But the team has too much quantity up front and quality in the back court. Wiggins may be the best option for the team see if anyone will take the front court off our hands resign Hawes and keep the rest of the space clear for a major free agent that will never come
 
# 2 eaterofworlds888 @ 05/21/14 02:01 PM
I think they should pick Embiid. I think the big presence would suit them and do them better.
 
# 3 TUSS11 @ 05/21/14 02:58 PM
With the whole Bennett thing I think they'll go with Parker since he's the safest bet IMO.
 
# 4 lilteapot @ 05/21/14 03:14 PM
Whoever it is, RIP to their promising career.
 
# 5 Halloween @ 05/21/14 05:13 PM
Dwight has showed that anybody who has size and the sligthest skill can dominate the east.

Embiid would be my pick.
 
# 6 cavsfan2 @ 05/22/14 01:31 AM
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Originally Posted by lilteapot
Whoever it is, RIP to their promising career.
Because the team that lost 26 straight last year or the team that won 15 over the course of the whole year would be a real launching pad for them
 
# 7 J_Posse @ 05/22/14 03:14 AM
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Originally Posted by TUSS11
With the whole Bennett thing I think they'll go with Parker since he's the safest bet IMO.
Make that Anthony Bennett pick look even stupider by picking a player of the same ilk? Hmmm, sounds like a Cavaliers type move so they'll probably do it. LMAO

But in all seriousness, they need either a small forward or a center that they can develop and can become a part of their (growing) core. I'd go with Embiid and trade Anderson Varejao to a western conference team immediately. If Bennett is given playing time and a long enough leash I think he can be a (stronger) small forward like a Carmelo Anthony, Jamal Mashburn, Glenn Robinson and Clifford Robinson.

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# 8 TUSS11 @ 05/22/14 04:26 AM
The reason I said Parker is because I don't think Bennett can survive playing Small Forward consistently. I see him as more of a stretch four, a la Paul Millsap. I think they're going to have to choose between him and Thompson regardless of who they draft.

And you really can't lose picking Jabari; he's going to contribute right away.
 
# 9 sarlndr @ 05/22/14 08:16 AM
I'd like my Cavs to take Embiid, if there isn't a serious problem with his back. It's hard to pass up on a big man like that. To be completely honest though, I'll be happy with any of the top 3 (Wiggins, Embiid, or Parker) on the roster.

The front office has got some tough decisions to make with the draft and the FA's on the team as well. Hopefully they can put it all together and we can have a good year.
 
# 10 OSUFan_88 @ 05/22/14 09:00 AM
It's Embiid and everyone else, IMO. Ever the people who don't really like him as a prospect still think he's a more mobile Roy Hibbert. He's one of the best two way center prospects to come out in a long time. His offensive game is rapidly improving, with good footwork and incredible balance and jumper that is really developing well.

On defense, he's got really good quickness laterally and has incredible anticipation and shot blocking ability. He's not the defensive stud that Drummond was when he was coming out, but he's got that elite level defensive ability.

Unless his back issue becomes a Noel like hindrance, he should be the #1 pick by a mile, IMO.
 
# 11 cavsfan2 @ 05/22/14 10:11 AM
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Originally Posted by OSUFan_88
It's Embiid and everyone else, IMO. Ever the people who don't really like him as a prospect still think he's a more mobile Roy Hibbert. He's one of the best two way center prospects to come out in a long time. His offensive game is rapidly improving, with good footwork and incredible balance and jumper that is really developing well.

On defense, he's got really good quickness laterally and has incredible anticipation and shot blocking ability. He's not the defensive stud that Drummond was when he was coming out, but he's got that elite level defensive ability.

Unless his back issue becomes a Noel like hindrance, he should be the #1 pick by a mile, IMO.
I do like Embiid, but I can't help but get Oden/Durant flashbacks
 
# 12 Mr Bungle 34 @ 05/22/14 01:23 PM
I would go with Wiggins. Embiid is tempting but the injury issues would scare me. It can be hard for someone in that frame to have a long career as is. Most importantly though, they're going to have to really take the temperature of all the top 3 prospects and decide who they think would enjoy playing in Cleveland their entire career and not bolt for greener pastures in 4 years. Either way, I think Lebron should take a hard look at going back there. Wade is getting old and breaking down. Bosh is a shell of his former self. There's not one other player in Miami that really matters.
 
# 13 Mr Bungle 34 @ 05/22/14 01:24 PM
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I would go with Wiggins. Embiid is tempting but the injury issues would scare me. It can be hard for someone in that frame to have a long career as is. Most importantly though, they're going to have to really take the temperature of all the top 3 prospects and decide who they think would enjoy playing in Cleveland their entire career and not bolt for greener pastures in 4 years. Either way, I think Lebron should take a hard look at going back there. Wade is getting old and breaking down. Bosh is a shell of his former self. There's not one other player in Miami that really matters.
PS: if they trade that pick for Kevin Love they are fools.
 
# 14 jmaj315 @ 05/22/14 02:11 PM
As a closet Pistons fan, I hope they trade down with Philly who has picks #3 and 10. This way they could still get one of Wiggins, Embiid, or Parker AND they could get another top tier college player @ #10... im thinking Gary Harris may still be there or maybe trade that down and snag Adriean Payne and a future pick.

But this is real life so they will probably draft Parker and pray he's "the prince"
 
# 15 MooseBoyJ @ 05/22/14 08:00 PM
WIGGINS! We draft him I'm buying a jersey ASAP.
 
# 16 antixnette @ 05/23/14 01:04 AM
Parker or Wiggins.

Embiid injuries concern me and his agent trying to get him to the Lakers.

Also, Bennett is a PF, and not a SF.
 
# 17 ojandpizza @ 05/23/14 05:48 AM
What Cleveland should do is go back in time. Draft Kyrie and Thompson again, but in the second round instead of taking Justin Harper draft Chandler Parsons and instead of drafting Milan Macvan draft Isaiah Thomas.

Fast forward a year, draft Drummond instead of Waiters and Draymond Green instead of Jared Cunningham.

Fast forward a year and draft Oladipo instead of Bennett and Dieng instead of Karasev.

Fast forward to current time.
New Team: Kyrie/Oladipo/Parsons/Thompson/Drummond
Bench: Thomas/Green/Dieng

At this point they draft Wiggins as the scoring punch off the bench unless he proves to be immediately good enough to start over Parsons..

Or they take Randle and start him at power forward, probably instantly becoming a top 5 rebounding team with Randle and Drummond, moving Thompson to a 6th man role who can play PF/C.

Problems solved! You're welcome lol



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# 18 The__Answ3r_i3 @ 05/23/14 07:10 PM
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Originally Posted by ojandpizza
What Cleveland should do is go back in time. Draft Kyrie and Thompson again, but in the second round instead of taking Justin Harper draft Chandler Parsons and instead of drafting Milan Macvan draft Isaiah Thomas.

Fast forward a year, draft Drummond instead of Waiters and Draymond Green instead of Jared Cunningham.

Fast forward a year and draft Oladipo instead of Bennett and Dieng instead of Karasev.

Fast forward to current time.
New Team: Kyrie/Oladipo/Parsons/Thompson/Drummond
Bench: Thomas/Green/Dieng

At this point they draft Wiggins as the scoring punch off the bench unless he proves to be immediately good enough to start over Parsons..

Or they take Randle and start him at power forward, probably instantly becoming a top 5 rebounding team with Randle and Drummond, moving Thompson to a 6th man role who can play PF/C.

Problems solved! You're welcome lol



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Had they made all those picks like you suggested they wouldn't even be in this position probably would be a playoff team.
 
# 19 ojandpizza @ 05/23/14 07:43 PM
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Originally Posted by The__Answ3r_i3
Had they made all those picks like you suggested they wouldn't even be in this position probably would be a playoff team.

Yeah I know, I was just being dumb lol


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# 20 vtcha @ 05/23/14 08:01 PM
MUST:
Pick Emiid.
Re-sign Deng & Hawes.
Sign George Karl, Doug Collins or Mark Jackson.

OPTIONAL:
Pick up Varejao's $9.8 million contract next season.
Trade Varejao, Thompson, and Waiters for Joe Johnson.

Pick up Varejao's $9.8 million contract next season.
Trade Thompson, Bennett and picks for Arron Afflalo.
 

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