The Cleveland Cavaliers finally had some luck go their way when they landed the No. 3 overall pick in the 2021 NBA Draft.
While fans obviously wanted the top spot, getting to No. 3 in this draft is not the worst thing.
For now it seems safe to assume Oklahoma State’s Cade Cunningham will go first overall to the Detroit Pistons.
That leaves the Cavaliers with three likely players to choose from at No. 3 overall after the Houston Rockets pick at No. 2.
Let’s look at the three likely options.
3. Jalen Green
Jalen Green is a top player in this draft who some Cavaliers fans may not know about.
Jalen Green and Darius Garland are going to destroy worlds together, and I cannot wait to see it
— Jackson Frank (@jackfrank_jjf) June 23, 2021
That is because he opted to take advantage of the NBA’s G League program for top prospects.
Green was able to get paid while spending last year solely focused on developing himself ahead of the 2021 draft.
The 6-foot-6 guard was a top prospect in his class and could have dominated the college ranks last year.
Instead, he averaged nearly 18 points per game in G League action to keep himself atop draft boards.
Green is even a great fit for this Cavaliers team, as he could be a bigger option at the shooting guard spot alongside Darius Garland.
Collin Sexton could either come off the bench or be traded to another team.
2. Jalen Suggs
Jalen Suggs spent one year at Gonzaga and became a hero in the Final Four when he banked in a shot from deep to send his Bulldogs to the title game.
Suggs would be an interesting selection because of his abilities as a point guard.
Yet once again, moving Sexton could pair Garland with whatever guard the Cavaliers prefer in this draft.
Having the No. 3 pick means the team should take the best player available and then figure out the roster from there.
The franchise is still focused on acquiring talent, and Suggs is a top player in this class.
He averaged over 14 points and 4.5 assists per game last year as a top player in college basketball.
Suggs also had nearly two steals per game and is a bigger guard at 6-foot-4.
Remember, both Garland and Sexton are 6-foot-1.
1. Evan Mobley
Givony has the Cavs taking Evan Mobley third overall. pic.twitter.com/X8HIa0Jdyi
— Evan Dammarell (@AmNotEvan) June 29, 2021
We have now arrived at the top big man in this draft.
USC’s Evan Mobley is listed as a seven-footer and averaged over 16 points per game in his one college season.
The question for the Cavaliers is if they want to pair Mobley with Jarrett Allen down low.
Of course, Mobley could come off the bench as a rookie.
But if the team does intend to keep Allen for the long-term, it is a legitimate question.
One of these players, and likely two, will be available at pick No. 3 overall.
The Cavaliers just need to decide if they want to add another guard, or if pursuing a big man is the best option.
Fans all have their opinions on the matter, so the debates should be fun leading up to draft night.