The Cleveland Cavaliers had to be encouraged by the play of No. 1 overall pick Kyrie Irving in his rookie season, but it wasn't enough to keep them out of the NBA Lottery once again. Of course, one of the benefits of getting a bunch of NBA Lottery picks is the opportunity to stockpile tons of young talent – just look at the Oklahoma City Thunder, who were able to come away with Kevin Durant, Russell Westbrook and James Harden in quick succession. With a good pick this year in the 2012 NBA Draft, the Cavaliers could be on a similar track. In our 2012 NBA Mock Draft, Cleveland landed Michael Kidd-Gilchrist of Kentucky.
Michael Kidd-Gilchrist would be a great fit just about anywhere in the NBA, especially amongst the NBA Lottery teams. He was part of an unbelievably stacked Kentucky Wildcats team that won the National Championship and will place multiple players in the 2012 NBA Draft. Anthony Davis leads the way for that group, but Michael Kidd-Gilchrist will almost certainly be the second player from Kentucky off the board.
"There are very few positions the Cleveland Cavaliers do not need help in, so drafting the best available player is the best method for the team to improve. While many have them going for more size, to help to replace some of their older big men, Michael Kidd-Gilchrist slipping to four is a steal that the Cavaliers can not pass up. He adds defensive toughness, the ability to create his own shot, and a winning mentality. Not to mention, he attended high school and played with point guard Kyrie Irving.
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