Kyrie Irving’s pick was predictable.
Ever since he announced he would be entering the draft, he has been on top of everyone’s draft board, sitting pretty. There was no doubt that he would be walking away with a Cleveland Cavaliers hat on by the time the Minnesota Timberwolves were on the clock. Tristan Thompson on the other hand, was a shocker.
I had absolutely no clue Thompson was even in the Cavaliers’ mind until he was hugging his family and walking on to the stage to shake hands with the commissioner. Sources say that he was a last moment pick after working out with the Cavaliers not too long before the draft occurred.
Of course Derrick Williams and Enes Kanter were already off of the board, so that could add a little fuel to the fire as to why Cleveland felt the need to snatch up Thompson.
Let’s not be too down on the kid. The pick was not a reach by any means. Thompson has the ability to add a speed in transition dynamic to the team that we all saw Cleveland lack in the past season on their way to a 19-63 record. The block ability he has for a player his size is remarkable and he is primarily a defensive player. Offense is something that he needs to begin working on, but under Byron Scott, I can almost assure anyone who doubts his talents, that he will be a monster by his sophomore season.
Kyrie Irving is a solid number one overall pick, and Tristan Thompson is a steal in this draft. Those who refused him will be sorry when the Cavaliers are living the high life with a 45+ win season in 2011. Predicted here first.