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Mock Draft Monday - October 19


**NOTE: The news clips and articles listed don't necessarily reflect the views or beliefs of the Cleveland Cavaliers or their Basketball Operations staff, partners, or sponsors.**


Jeremy Woo, SI.com

Obi Toppin, University of Dayton
Date Published: October 14

No. 1, Minnesota Timberwolves - Anthony Edwards, University of Georgia

No. 2, Golden State Warriors - James Wiseman, University of Memphis

No. 3, Charlotte Hornets - LaMelo Ball, Illwarra Hawks

No. 4, Chicago Bulls - Deni Avdija, Maccabi Tel Aviv

No. 5, Cleveland Cavaliers - Obi Toppin, University of Dayton

League sources have placed Toppin in the mix for the Cavs at No. 5—he can contribute immediately and supply energy to a locker room searching for a collective identity. While there are legitimate concerns about him on defense, teams appear willing to take the production and work around it. This is a critical season for Cleveland, and tangible progress from their young talent might be the only thing that can take pressure off the front office. It doesn’t help that Cavs are guard-heavy and need to get all three of Collin Sexton, Darius Garland and Kevin Porter Jr. on the floor this season. Presuming they remain invested in all three, Cleveland needs someone to complement those pieces, not muddle the minutes, and an older rookie like Toppin would likely mitigate some of the concerns. At 22 years old, Toppin would be the oldest top-five pick since Wesley Johnson went No. 4 in 2010, and the history of older players panning out as early draft picks isn’t encouraging. But stretch bigs who can play all over the floor tend to come at a premium, and Toppin’s perception as a known commodity has helped his cause.

Danny Cunningham, Complex

Devin Vassell, Florida State University
Date Published: October 12

No. 1, Minnesota Timberwolves - Anthony Edwards, University of Georgia

No. 2, Golden State Warriors - Deni Avdija, Maccabi Tel Aviv

No. 3, Charlotte Hornets - LaMelo Ball, Illwarra Hawks

No. 4, Chicago Bulls - James Wiseman, University of Memphis

No. 5, Cleveland Cavaliers - Devin Vassell, Florida State University

The Cavs are currently in a bit of an odd area where they possess depth both at the guard positions and in the post, but don’t have nearly enough talent on the wing. Right now, Cedi Osman and Kevin Porter Jr.—who really is more of a guard—are the two guys Cleveland can point to in that area. That’s pretty thin compared to the number of big guys and guards that are fighting for rotation minutes with the Cavs.

Devin Vassell would be able to come in right away and play a big role for a Cleveland team that is hoping to be on the rise sooner than later. He immediately will be the guy that is tasked with defending the other team’s best perimeter player and would help the Cavs improve from one of the worst defensive teams in NBA history over the last two years. Offensively, he can do more than what will be asked of him initially, but if he can knock down catch-and-shoot threes, that would be a big win for the Cavs, especially considering they already have three ball-dominant guards in Darius Garland, Collin Sexton, and Porter Jr.

Kevin O'Connor, The Ringer

James Wiseman, University of Memphis
Date Published: October 14

No. 1, Minnesota Timberwolves - Anthony Edwards, University of Georgia

No. 2, Golden State Warriors - Deni Avdija, Maccabi Tel Aviv

No. 3, Charlotte Hornets - LaMelo Ball, Illwarra Hawks

No. 4, Chicago Bulls - Killian Hayes, ratiopharm Ulm

No. 5, Cleveland Cavaliers - James Wiseman, University of Memphis

Having multiple starting-caliber bigs won’t stop the Cavaliers from drafting a player with Wiseman’s two-way upside: They still need to look long term, and Wiseman’s best talents as a rim-runner could be unleashed alongside a backcourt of Collin Sexton and Darius Garland.

Athletic marvel who flashes massive two-way potential, but in the short term will be best suited for a simple, rim-running role.

Shades Of: Mild-mannered Rasheed Wallace, high-energy Hassan Whiteside

Tyler Byrum, NBC Sports

Isaac Okoro, University of Auburn
Date Published: October 16

No. 1, Minnesota Timberwolves - Anthony Edwards, University of Georgia

No. 2, Golden State Warriors - James Wiseman, University of Memphis

No. 3, Charlotte Hornets - LaMelo Ball, Illwarra Hawks

No. 4, Chicago Bulls - Deni Avdija, Maccabi Tel Aviv

No. 5, Cleveland Cavaliers - Isaac Okoro, University of Auburn

The Cavaliers need major help on both ends of the floor. Okoro could make a big difference defensively right away and at a position of need, as the Cavs recently drafted Collin Sexton and Darius Garland. Okoro would also get plenty of minutes as he tries to develop his offensive skillset on the fly. Cleveland has been rumored to seeking defense with this pick and he is the best wing defender in the draft.

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