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Opinion: Grading The Last 20 Cavaliers Lottery Draft Picks

The Cavs will pick in the NBA Draft’s top 8 tonight, assuming they don’t make a trade to move up or down. This will be their first top 10 pick since 2014 when they selected Andrew Wiggins out of Kansas first overall.  Wiggins was then traded shortly after to the Minnesota Timberwolves for Kevin Love.  It is an exciting time for Cavaliers fans, but also a nerve racking one as it appears the LeBron Era in Cleveland may finally be coming to an end.

While it is very much undecided who the Cavaliers will select tonight, it is far from their first “Lottery Pick” in team history. I thought it would be fun to go back and grade the franchises last 20 lottery picks.  Please let us know if you agree or disagree in the comment section below.

Year Player College Grade Reason
2014 Andrew Wiggins Kansas A Despite never playing a minute for the Wine & Gold. His selection resulted in Kevin Love who has done great.
2013 Anthony Bennett UNLV F Bennett will go down as one of the biggest draft busts of all time. A shocking pick that bombed big time.
2012 Dion Waiters Syracuse B Waiters was solid in his time here and would have been a key member of the team had LeBron not returned.
2011 Kyrie Irving Duke A Hit the biggest shot in Cavaliers history. If he was healthy in 2015, the Cavaliers would be two time champs
2011 Tristian Thompson Texas C This big man stepped up in the 2015 & 2016 playoffs, has done little since to earn his large contract
2004 Luke Jackson Oregon C Chronic back problems kept this sharp shooter from reaching his full potential.
2003 LeBron James SVSM High School A The greatest player in franchise history.   Some would say the greatest player of all time.
2002 DaJuan Wagner Memphis C He once scored 100 points in a high school game. His NBA career was riddled by injuries and illness.
2001 DeSagana Diop Oak Hill Academy D Drafted out of high school, this big man never lived up to his potential.
2000 Jamal Crawford Michigan C This pick turned into Chris Mihm who was decent in his time here during a dark period in Cavaliers history.
1999 Andre Miller Utah A Miller was excellent in his time here. Had he stuck around and played with LeBron, they would have been great.
1999 Trajan Langdon Duke D There is a reason Kenny Roda named him “tragic”. He was awful and a total bust.
1997 Derek Anderson Kentucky B In only two years with the Cavs he impressed when healthy.
1997 Brevin Knight Standford B Technically not a “lotto pick”, but played well enough in his time here to be one, so I put him on this list anyway.
1996 Vitaly Potapenko Wright State D He was a bust, but then they drafted Zydrunas Ilgauskas 8 picks later. “Potty” never lived up to his selection.
1991 Terrell Brandon Oregon A One of the best points guards in team history. Hard to believe he started as a bench warmer for many years.
1987 Kevin Johnson California A His grade is based on his entire career, not his one season as a backip to Price. Excellent point guard!
1986 Brad Daughtery North Carolina A With all due respect to “Z”.   Daughtery is the best Big Man in franchise history.
1986 Ron Harper MIA of OH A If the Cav’s don’t trade him to LA for Ferry, they have have multiple championships right now.
1985 Charles Oakley Virginia A If the Cav’s don’t trade him to Chicago, they have multiple championships right now. See a theme?

 

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