Just in case the Cavaliers need it, here's some advice for what to do with those two high picks. Take Kyrie Irving first, grab Turkish big man Enes Kanter fourth, and start reliving the playoff success you had when LeBron James was around.
"If I play with Kyrie, I believe we can make playoffs," Kanter said Wednesday. "I know we can make playoffs."
Or pass on Irving and go with Arizona's Derrick Williams, who can play inside or out, either forward spot, and would bring back the power and athleticism to the frontcourt that was lost when James left.
Even in what's considered a less than stellar draft, the Cavs have many options tonight at the Prudential Center in Newark. They are the first team since the 1983 Rockets with two picks in the top four. They're expected to start with Irving, considered the favorite since the Cavaliers won the lottery last month. Though the Duke point guard played only 11 games as a freshman because of a toe injury, his numbers seem too good to pass up.
The 6-2 Irving averaged 17.5 points while shooting 53 percent from the floor, 46 percent from three-point range and 90 percent from the foul line. He returned from his injury to play in the NCAA Tournament -- where his Blue Devils were overwhelmed by Williams' Arizona team -- and Irving said that proves there should be no question about his health.
"Playing in the NCAA Tournament was the deciding factor for me," Irving said. "If I didn't, I would have been back at Duke for my sophomore season.''
The Cavaliers also pick fourth -- the No. 1 pick was acquired from the Clippers last season in the Baron Davis trade -- giving them the ability to add a big man.
Minnesota holds the No. 2 pick and seems open to dealing it. Utah has Nos. 3 and 12, with the latter potentially putting the Jazz in the difficult position of deciding whether it wants to keep Brigham Young's Jimmer Fredette in state.
UConn's Kemba Walker and Kentucky's Brandon Knight rank behind Irving among the available point guards. Jan Vesely of the Czech Republic and Lithuania's Jonas Valanciunas are among the options in a draft that could have the most Europeans taken in the first round since a record nine in 2003.