22. Cleveland Cavs

Cleveland has the 22nd pick.  They are represented by co-GM's:
    W. Scott Klingensmith 
    Brian Young .

With the 22nd pick, the Cleveland Cavaliers select:

    Joe Harvell, SF, 6-7, Mississippi

     - A small forward with a number of offensive skills who can displace 
       Mike Sanders from the starting role and contribute ten or more 
       points a game.
     - A backup center with a physical game (shot blocking and aggressive
       rebounding) to allow Brad Daugherty some resting time on the bench.
     - If Mark Price is traded, a point guard with a decent shooting touch who
       can contribute valuable minutes will be needed so that Terrell 
       Brandon is not overwhelmed trying to fill Prices shoes.

     Brad Daugherty has become so valuable to the Cavs, they scarcely
can afford to give him a rest.  Big Brad averaged 37.9 minutes a game
during the regular season.  Daugherty runs the court better than any
other center except David Robinson, and is the best passer among his
peers (4.4 assists per game).  His game is a combination of strength
and finesse (20.2 points per game).  From the low post, Daugherty
backs in smoothly with his dribble and scores with right-handed hooks
from either side of the lane.  From the high post, he can square up
from 15 feet and drill the jumper or clear his opponent with a pump
fake and high-step for a power dunk.  Daugherty is the Cavs go-to man
(.57 field goal percentage).  Daughertys court vision and passing
skills are so keen, the Cavs hope opponents double-team him, knowing
that hell get the ball to the open man.  Daughertys only negative is
that he doesnt have the spring in his legs to be a shot-blocker (.8
blocks per game).

     The Cavs really cant afford for Daugherty to assume a more
aggressive posture on defense.  His only backup is John (Hot Rod)
Williams, who also fills in at both forward positions.  Jay Guidinger
has a centers body but only provided 6.7 minutes a game off the bench.
Guidingers feet work are poor and he did not prove to be an aggressive
rebounder.  He seems intimidated by experienced centers, shooting a
team-low 34.5 percent from the field.

     When they traded Larry Nance in 1988, the Phoenix Suns thought
they were moving a player whose best days were behind him.  That was a
serious miscalculation.  Nance has been a superb player since joining
the Cavs and, at 34, shows few signs of decline.  He still runs the
floor as well as any power forward and remains a prolific shot-blocker
(2.6 blocks per game).  Once a guy who thrived on swooping to the hoop
and power dunking, Nance has softened his game.  His first option
these days is a mid-range jumper that is virtually impossible to block
and consistently finds net.  Nance seems to be gaining touch with age,
nailing 54.9 percent of his shots this season.  He continues to beat
others for rebounds (8.7 rebounds per game) with his quickness and
remainse of the few guys in the NBA who can play center and both
forward positions, affords the Cavs many options.  Cleveland uses him
as a sixth man, frequently putting him at power forward and shifting
Nance to the other side.  Williams quickness gives him a first-step
edge over virtually any man his size, but he doesnt have innate
offensive skills (11.0 points per game).  He can finish when he blows
past defenders, but isnt much of a threat to score from beyond 12
feet.  Though unselfish, Williams passes the ball tentatively.  He
earns his $26.5 million on defense, smothering big opponents inside
with his strength, athleticism and long arms, and is quick enough to
follow smaller men to the perimeter.  Like Nance, Williams has superb
shot-blocking instincts (1.6 blocks per game).

     The weak link in the starting lineup for the Cavs is Mike
Sanders.  Sanders can knock down a spot-up jumper and always buckles
down on defense, but offers little else (3.2 rebounds and 1.4 assists
per game).  He doesnt handle the ball or pass any better than he did
during his first term with the Cavs, which ended three years ago.

     While Hot Rod Williams hardly is worth is contract, at least the
Cavs get some return.  Danny Ferrys contract, meanwhile, is choking
the franchise.  Ferry simply is not much of athlete.  He doesnt have
the quickness to compete at small forward.  Yet, when at the power
slot, hes lost when not facing the basket.  Ferrys biggest weapon is a
set-up jumper.  He can score from the corners, but isnt able to create
plays for himself (7.5 points per game).  While trying hard, he often
is muscled aside on the boards and struggles to keep up on defense.
The Cavs, though, arent quite ready to drop the cement-footed Ferry
into Lake Erie.  Since Nance and Williams are shot-blockers, they
often are out of position to box out on the boards.  With Ferry in the
game, the Cavs figure at least one forward can go for rebounds without
risking going over an opponents back.

     Jerome Lane, cut by Denver, Indiana, and Milwaukee, found a spot
on the team as a designated rebounder, his only NBA skill.  He can't
shoot from outside or take the ball past defenders.  Lane is one of
the NBAs poorest free throw shooters (25.0 percent), making only 5 of
20 free throws this season.

     Poor Craig Ehlo.  It seemed like every time he got his picture in
the paper, it was a shot of Michael Jordan smoking him.  The addition
of Gerald Wilkins was supposed to help him slow down Jordan and the
Bulls.  Nevertheless, the Cavs were again eliminated from the playoffs
by Jordan and the Bulls.  Ehlo is a scrambler, always moving and
cutting.  He takes the ball to the hoop occasionally and is capable of
unconscious shooting streaks from the perimeter.  He isnt shy about
letting the three fly (244 three point field goal attempts).  Bad as
Jordan makes him look, Ehlo is a competent defender.

     Gerald Wilkins (and his defense) was supposed to be the addition
that would help the Cavs finally beat Jordan and the Bulls.  Well, hes
now on the Gatoraide commercial with Jordan finishing off the Cavs.
Maybe the Knicks knew that the minuses outweigh the pluses with
Wilkins.  Although he averaged 11.1 points per game and gave the Cavs
someone who could slash to the hoop and score, he tends to take bad
shots and play out of control (45.3 field goal percentage).

     The Cavs probably are stuck with John Battle.  Three knee
surgeries have robbed his lateral quickness, yet he has five years
remaining on his contract.  Battle scores on pick-and-roll and
isolation plays, and still can get into the paint (5.4 points per
game).  A streaky shooter (only shot 41.5 percent from the field), he
keeps firing when hes not hitting instead of looking for teammates.
Battles interest in defense has diminished along with his quickness.

     Bobby Phills, originally drafted by Milwaukee, seemed to be a
project worth developing.  Yet, he received a team-low 139 playing
minutes.  He has requisite size (6-5) and quickness for a big guard,
and was a trey machine in college (Southern).  Phills has deft touch,
but his shooting mechanics need to be fine-tuned before he will see
significant playing time in the NBA.

     Knicks coach Pat Riley called Mark Price one of the five or six
guys around the league whose presence has a profound effect on a team.
Always pushing the ball, Price is a master at creating shots for
himself and teammates (8.0 assists per game).  Hes consistent from the
floor (48.4 field goal percentage) and has hit more than 40 percent
from trey range during his seven-year career.  Quick feet and hands,
combined with superb court sense, give Price an edge over most point
guards.  Though not particularly fast, he has a burst gear to clear
opponents.  Afforded the slightest crack, Price launches a floating
jumper quicker and more accurately than any other point guard, and has
few peers at coming off a screen and firing (18.2 points per game).
He delivers passes of his dribble better than anyone except John
Stockton.  No one shoots free throws better than Price, whose 94.8
percent accuracy this season was the second-best mark in NBA history
to Calvin Murphys 95.8.  Price offers everything except defense.  To
short to fight through screens, he constantly is victimized on
pick-and-roll plays.

     Terrell Brandon, a first-round draft choice in 1991, is being
groomed at point guard, but maintains a scorers mentality (even at
5-11).  He came into his own during his sophomore year (8.8 points and
3.7 assists per game while shooting 47.8 percent from the field and
82.5 percent from the line).  Brandon penetrates well and is an
accurate shooter within 15 feet.  He goes one-on-one too much,
exhausting play-making opportunities.  Much better than Price on
defense, Brandon has the strength and long arms to frustrate an
opponent (ranked third on team in total steals).

     Joe Harvell of Mississippi

     This 6-7 small forward is a shooting machine who led the SEC in
scoring and three-point field goals in his junior year.  The versatile
235 lb Harvell can bury the three and post up inside.  During his
junior season, Harvell shot 49.7 percent from the field and 44.1
percent from three-point range.  Harvell experienced a drop-off his
senior year but, as Coach Rob Evans explained, we want to spread the
scoring around this year, and all his qualities will be showcased.
Hes already showed me hes a leader both on and off the court.  Harvell
can put the ball on the floor and make things happen.  He will be one
of the top small forwards in the country this season.  It is our guess
that he will return to the Joe Harvell of his junior season.  The Cavs
could definitely use his outside touch and overall scoring mentality
at small forward.

     We were all set to select Luther Wright, until he was nabbed
right out >from underneath us by Portland.  The big-bodied Wright
could provide a defensive prowess at backup center.  With All-Star
Brad Daugherty ahead of him, Luther could be brought along at his own
     We were hoping that shooting guards Scott Burrell (#14, Indiana)
and Terry Dehere (#15, Atlanta) would slip down to us (yeah right!).
We considered James Robinson and his ability to score but, were
discouraged by his height (6-2).  We also liked Thomas Hills
athleticism and defensive abilities.  However, without an outside
shot, he would be similar to Gerald Wilkins.
     We had also hoped that Chris Mills (#17, Charlotte) and George
Lynch (#18, Utah) would still be available at #22.  We slightly
considered Josh Grant but, what would the Cavs do with two Danny
Ferrys?  Also considered was Jerry Walker, who with some offense would
be a great pick for the Cavs, due to his superior attitude, toughness,
and effort.

     Can you name any team in the NBA who would trade its starting
shooting guard and small forward for the Cavs? (Craig Ehlo and Mike
Sanders) Assuming that Wayne Embry doesnt make a trade, the Cavs will
probably select a small forward or shooting guard.  If the Cleveland
Browns were in charge, the Cavs would probably get stuck with Andy
Kaufmann of Illinois.

     Most talk has centered around trading Mark Price, who had a
disappointing post-season.  There are probably five small forwards who
could start for Cleveland next year (Mashburn, Cheaney, Baker, Mills
and Lynch).  With a higher pick, selecting a shooting guard (Hardaway,
Rider, Houston, Burrell or Dehere) is a possibility.  There is even
talk about trading Brad Daugherty, which might indicate a busy
off-season and a team overhaul for next year.

Draft Summary:
1.  Orlando
    GM:   Tom@Orlando 
    Pick: Chris Webber, PF, 6-10.  University of Michigan
2.  Philadelphia
    GM:   Dave Meeks 
    Pick: Shawn Bradley, C, 7-7. BYU
3.  Golden State
    GM's: Mike Moore 
          Terry Wong 
    Pick: Jamal Mashburn, SF, 6-8. Kentucky
4.  Dallas
    GM:   Curtis Hill  
    Pick: Anfernee Hardaway, SG, 6-7, Memphis State
5.  Minnesota
    GM's: Kevin Hansen 
          Toni Morgan 
    Pick: Calbert Cheaney, SF, 6-7. Indiana
6.  Washington
    GM's: The Crossjammer 
          Jim Nagle   
    Pick: J.R. Rider, SG, 6-5, UNLV
7.  Sacramento
    Pick: Rodney Rogers, PF, 6-7, Wake Forest
8.  Milwaukee       
    GM's: Brian Saunders 
          Morgan Edwards 
    Pick: Malcolm Mackey, PF, 6-11, Georgia Tech
9.  Denver
    GM's: John Exby 
          Rick Grubin 
    Pick: Ervin Johnson, PF, 6-11, New Orleans
10. Detroit (from Miami in John Sally trade)
    GM:   Rob Skrobola 
    Pick: Alan Houston, SG, 6-6, Tennessee
11. Detroit
    GM:   Rob Skrobola 
    Pick: Acie Earl, C, 6-10, Iowa
12. L.A. Lakers
    GM:   Cliff Slaughterbeck 
    Pick: Bobby Hurley, PG, 6-0, Duke
13. L.A. Clippers
    GM:   Cliff Slaughterbeck 
    Pick: Vin Baker, SF, 6-10, Hartford
14. Indiana
    GM:   Doug Mraz 
    Pick: Scott Burrell, SG, 6-7, UCONN
15. Atlanta
    GM:   Kevin Metz 
    Pick: Terry Dehere, SG, 6-4, Seton Hall
16. New Jersey
    GM:   A. Borges Sugiyama 
    Pick: Douglas Edwards, PF, 6-9, Florida State
17. Charlotte
    GM:   Bren Bailey 
    Pick: Chris Mills, SF, 6-6, Arizona
18. Utah
    GM:   Michael Wendt  
    Pick: George Lynch, SF, 6-7, North Carolina
19. Boston
    GM:   Orin Day 
    Pick: Greg Graham, SG, 6-4, Indiana
20. Charlotte (from San Antonio for J.R. Reid)
    GM:   Bren Bailey 
    Pick: Lindsey Hunter, PG, 6-2, Jackson State
21. Portland
    GM:   Mike Northam 
    Pick: Luther Wright, C, 7-2, Seton Hall 
22. Cleveland
    GM's: W. Scott Klingensmith 
          Brian Young 
    Pick: Joe Harvell, SF, 6-7, Mississippi

Next Up:
23. Seattle
    GM:   Christopher Beck 

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