As draft day approaches, two things are clear: The #1 and #2 players are obvious to everyone. With the #4 pick, Cleveland fans are trying to decide what the team will do. Will they make a move to trade up to #2? Will they (gasp) trade down? Will they just take the best player on the board at 4 and continue rebuilding a team that is in serious need of help? Am I talking about the NFL or the NBA?
Yes, I'm talking about the upcoming NBA Draft, but really, it's eerily similar to what we as Cleveland fans went through leading up to the NBA draft. The Browns tried to make a move up to the #2 spot to get RG3 but that failed. In a last minute surprise to all fans, they traded up to #3 and got what may be the start of the future for the Browns in Trent Richardson. Can we expect the same from the Cavaliers?
Anthony Davis will go #1. Period. Done Deal. Start selling his New Orleans Hornets jerseys now. Next will be Michael Kidd-Gilchrist at #2. Again, Done Deal. The question, however, is which team will take him? Can the Cavs move up? Do they want to?
Draft day deals, to my memory, are not as prevalent in the NBA as they are in the NFL.
Of course, the NFL Draft marathon of 7 rounds over a 4 day period leads many teams to jockey for position and concern themselves with "value picks" and "diamonds in the rough." In the NBA, however, there is less pomp and circumstance, and only 2 rounds. You just don't see a lot of movement like you do in the NFL. But it could happen.
With the #2 pick, Charlotte, much like Washington in the NFL, is ripe for trade offers. They need a ton of players and you could argue that the Cavaliers (again, like the Browns in the NFL) have the most to offer for that #2.
So as fans, the parallels are truly staggering to me. It's like deja vu all over again and I can say from experience I'm pretty happy with how the Browns ended up once the NFL draft was over. Let's hope we are all as happy with the Cavaliers once the NBA draft is completed. As Cleveland Sports Fans, the hope and excitement for next year would be amazing if we had TWO teams in this town with players that they whole world would be watching. What's not to like?