I was able to witness it first-hand last night.
The Cavaliers were down in my neck of the woods, here in the Washington D.C. area, to take on the Washington Wizards. And I had the opportunity to take my talents back into the locker room, writing for HoopsAddict.com.
It was great.
But one thing was very, very noticeable after last night’s loss to the Wizards: the Cleveland Cavaliers need another big body – outside of Samardo Samuels – to bang inside with guys like Andray Blatche and JaVale McGee. (And that combo isn’t that impressive in comparison with most other teams in the league).
I wrote a little bit last week about how much I’d love to see Derrick Williams in Wine & Gold next season. I like everything thing that the Arizona forward brings to the table and think he’d fit in perfectly with the Princeton-style offense brought to Euclid Avenue by coach Byron Scott. He’s long, athletic and can run the floor with the best in the college ranks.
The next guy I’d like to see Chris Grant go after is Tyler Zeller from the University of North Carolina. Everything that I have seen has the Cavaliers trying to snag Kemba Walker with their second pick. And don’t get me wrong, I do like Walker. He’s an outstanding leader and could potentially be a steal with the 7-10 pick that the Cavaliers acquired from the Clippers.
But Zeller is an entirely different animal. He would add a 7-foot presence to the Cavaliers rotation and could possibly team up with Williams and Anderson Varejao to man the painted area for Scott next season. To me, that is a best case scenario. Walker is definitely an outstanding consolation prize, but I think this team’s needs start and end with the big men underneath.