Cleveland Cavaliers add new talent to roster during 2019 NBA Draft
CLEVELAND — The Cleveland Cavaliers are adding new talent to their roster during the 2019 NBA Draft.
The draft officially kicked off at 7 p.m.
As widely predicted, the New Orleans Pelicans, who won the No. 1 overall pick in the draft lottery, took Zion Williamson from Duke. Following New Orleans, the Memphis Grizzles had the No. 2 pick. They selected Murray State’s Ja Morant. Then, the New York Knicks at No. 3 selected Duke’s RJ Barrett.
Cleveland has the No. 5 and 26 picks in the first round.
The Cavaliers selected Darius Garland during the No. 5 pick of the first round. Garland played for Vanderbilt University.
The Cavaliers gambled for a second time since 2011 on a point guard with limited college experience. Garland’s freshmen season only included five games as he suffered a knee injury in a game against Kent State.
Garland says he is 100% healed now and ready to go. In those five games, Garland averaged 16 points, and 2 assists. Garland has range in shooting the basketball, he has good vision according to scouts, and is a willing passer. Garland is 6’2’’, 175 pounds.
Garland’s stock has risen in recent weeks and the Cavs came away impressed after attending a private workout in Los Angeles. He believes the future is bright in Cleveland playing alongside Collin Sexton.
For their second pick, No. 26, Cleveland selected Dylan Windler who previously was a small forward for Belmont University.
He was a two-time All-Ohio Valley Conference selection and a finalist for the Julius Erving and Lou Henson awards as a senior. Windler averaged 21.3 points and 10.9 rebounds last season and became just the fourth OVC player since 1971 to post at least 1,600 career points and 1,000 career rebounds.
He led Belmont to a total of 94 victories and three conference championships during his collegiate career.
Windler is Belmont’s first player to be selected in the first round of the NBA Draft since 1972 when Joe Gaines was taken by the Portland Trailblazers.
The Cavs then made a deal with the Detroit Pistons to draft University of Southern California’s Kevin Porter Jr. as the No. 30 pick.
Porter played one season for USC and averaged 9.5 points per game and 4.0 rebounds.
Porter was the final first-round pick.
The Cavs do not have a second round pick, however they have been involved in potential trade talks and could make a deal to move down and acquire more assets for the future.