The Cleveland Cavaliers are mixed bags in NBA recruiting through the history of their franchise. Cavers have been able to draw stars like LeBron James and Kyrie Irving, but have also missed views like those of Anthony Bennett and DaJuan Wagner.
In the midst of all these calls, Cleveland also did her homework on some of the most underestimated prospects in this design class, and in doing so, made some design interactions that might suit most of the other teams in the league.
5. Chris Mills
Mills, a talented Arizona forward and former All-American McDonalds, was ranked 22nd in the Cavaliers in 1993. Mills played only four seasons in Cleveland and then ended his career with the New York Knicks and the Golden State Warriors.
In those four seasons, Mills started in the Cavs one after the other, and his best season was 1995-96, where he averaged 15.1 points, 5.5 rebounds and 2.4 assists per game.
4. Carlos Buzzer
Browser would have been much higher on that list if his driving career hadn’t been so short. However, an Alaskan-born Alaska and second round table in 2002 (35th overall) immediately proved that he belonged to the league.
In his second season as a rising young star in the top forward position, Drunkard scored 15.5 points and 11.4 rebounds per game.
The drunk will only play for two seasons in the Cavaliers, but after his retirement from the NBA he will have a long and successful career in the organization.
3. Mike Mitchell
Mitchell’s probably the best player on that list, just like Boozer. Mitchell is not above this list because he has played most of his career with a team other than the Cavaliers.
However, in a 1978 project involving Larry Bird and Michael Ray-Richardson, the Cavaliers were completely stolen when they formed the Auburn Small Forward 15.
After quite a newcomer campaign, Mitchell exploded in the second year with 22.2 points and 7.2 rebounds.
On average, he would have scored 24.5 points per game in the 1980-81 season, and although he was sold to the San Antonio athletes after three and a half years, Mitchell scored enough points to make the list.
2. Hot Rhode Williams
In the 45th general selection in 1985, Williams would have been one of the most underestimated big men of the league during his nine seasons as a member of the Cavaliers.
The 1.80 m center forwards was able to make an immediate impact on the cavities and for most of the next decade Williams provided a solid result, a rebound and a lock for some pretty good Cavaliers teams.
William’s best season with the Cavaliers was the 1989/90 season when he averaged 16.8 points, 8.1 rebounds and 2.0 blocks per game.
1. Zydrunas Ilgauskas
Thanks to international scouting, not quite like today, the riders were able to take over the Lithuanian Židrunas centre Iļgauskas with a total of 20 in the 1996 design.
At 7’3 and 240 pounds, the Big Z will give the Riders an intimidating presence for over a decade. With the confident feel of the basket and the size that makes each shot bounce or change, ILGAUSKAS would have been named in Cleveland All-Star twice in its 13 seasons.
In the three seasons between 2002 and 2005, a major international player scored 16.4 points, 8.1 rebounds and 2.2 blocks per game.