For the first time in three years, the Cleveland Cavaliers did not have the No. 1 pick in the NBA Draft. As a result, the hype behind the Wine and Gold’s selections has been fairly lackluster. This weekend the Cavs front office added players for the future, and here are a few highlight videos to get you pumped for the Cavs new young guns.
Cleveland acquired picks No. 31 and No. 36 when they traded their first-round pick Tyus Jones to Minnesota. With No. 31, the Minnesota Timberwolves, on behalf of the Cleveland Cavaliers, snatched Cedi Osman, a 6-8 small forward who played in the Turkish Basketball League last season. He will most likely stay overseas to develop over the next few seasons. His highlight tape shows that he’s a high energy slasher who has a decent outside stroke.
With the No. 36 pick the Cavs chose to sure up its frontcourt grabbing Syracuse University center Rakeem Christmas. Christmas is listed at 6-foot-9 and 250 pounds. Last season, he averaged 17.5 points and 9.1 rebounds per game and was the ACC’s Co-Defensive Player of the Year.
Finally, Cleveland chose St. John’s Sir’Dominic Pointer with the 53rd overall pick. Pointer is a 6-foot-6 small forward who came up big for the Red Storm last year, scoring 13.7 points per game in his senior season. What drew the Cavs to Pointer is his defense, last year he claimed the title of Big East Co-Defensive Player of the Year. He will struggle to make this year’s roster, but this highlight tape is pretty impressive.