The Blue Route Mock Draft: Pick #26 – Cleveland Cavaliers

With the 26th pick in the 2019 NBA Draft, the Cleveland Cavaliers select…

Blue Route is bringing you draft coverage leading up to the NBA draft on June 20th, 2019. The NBA draft often sees movement, trades and drama, so to prepare you for various potential outcomes, the Blue Route will be giving you draft profiles for the all of the likely top picks, as well as our very own mock draft.

2019 NBA Mock Draft Results
  1. New Orleans Pelicans – Zion Williamson
  2. Memphis Grizzlies – Ja Morant
  3. New York Knicks – RJ Barrett
  4. Los Angeles Lakers – Jarrett Culver
  5. Cleveland Cavaliers – DeAndre Hunter
  6. Phoenix Suns – Coby White
  7. Chicago Bulls – Cam Reddish
  8. Atlanta Hawks – Sekou Doumbouya
  9. Washington Wizards – Bol Bol 
  10. Atlanta Hawks – Jaxson Hayes 
  11. Minnesota Timberwolves – Nickeil Alexander-Walker
  12. Charlotte Hornets – Darius Garland
  13. Miami Heat – PJ Washington
  14. Boston Celtics – Brandon Clarke
  15. Detroit Pistons – Rui Hachimura
  16. Orlando Magic – Goga Bitazde
  17. Atlanta Hawks – Nassir Little
  18. Indiana Pacers – Bruno Fernando
  19. San Antonio Spurs – Cam Johnson
  20. Boston Celtics – Talen Horton-Tucker
  21. Oklahoma City Thunder – Tyler Herro
  22. Boston Celtics – Romeo Langford
  23. Utah Jazz – Matisse Thybulle
  24. Philadelphia 76ers – Kevin Porter Jr.
  25. Portland Trail Blazers – Grant Williams

Current State of the Cleveland Cavaliers

Tristan Thompson had everyone in the NBA rolling on the ground in laughter when he said this to the media before the start of the 2018/19 season.

As expected, it was a difficult season for the Cleveland Cavaliers who finished with a 19-63 record. This record was good for 2nd worst in the Eastern Conference and 3rd worst in the entire NBA. The Cavs did make some a trade to support the rebuilding process. They took a flyer on Marquese Chriss, took in Brandon Knight’s salary (who is on the books for next season), and received the Rockets’ 2019 first round pick.

It’s difficult for any young point guard to find immediate success in the NBA, and Sexton had his struggles early on. He struggled with his shot, looked out of control on offense, and even worse defensively. This slow start led to Collin Sexton being left off of the Rising Stars roster.

However, Collin Sexton only got better as the season progressed. He had a remarkable month of March where he averaged 22.4 points per game and shot 44.7 percent from three in 15 games. Also during that stretch, Sexton had seven straight games of scoring at least 23 points. Who was the last rookie to do that? None other than Tim Duncan in 1998. Overall, Sexton finished the season averaging 16.7 points per game. Most importantly, he played 82 games, the only Cavs player to do so.

The Cavs lost the last 10 games of the season to position themselves for the number one pick.  Unfortunately, the NBA gods were unkind to the Cavs who fell to the 5th pick on lottery night. The Cavs have the 5th and 26th pick in the first round. They have no second round picks this year.

Looking ahead into 2019 Free Agency

The Cleveland Cavaliers are currently over the cap and won’t have any free agency aspirations this offseason. Kevin Love is locked in at around $30 million until 2022-23 while the Cavs have several other overpaid veterans, such as JR Smith, Tristan Thompson, and Brandon Knight locked in for next season. Marquese Chriss and Channing Frye are unrestricted free agents.

Next season is expected to be another rebuilding year for the Cleveland Cavaliers, who will look to expand the roles of Collin Sexton, Larry Nance, and supersub Jordan Clarkson. The good news? The Cleveland Cavaliers look to be in the clear after the 2020-2021 season salary wise.

The Selection – Dylan Windler

The Cleveland Cavaliers hit a home run with the 5th selection of our mock draft when they selected DeAndre Hunter. Hunter’s defensive upside looks to be a perfect fit alongside Collin Sexton. With the 26th pick, the Cavs get some floor spacing by selecting a 4-year sharpshooter from Belmont, Dylan Windler.

Dylan Windler has a bonafide NBA skillset, which is shooting. Windler is 6’8″ (6’10″ wingspan) and looks to be a combo wing at the next level. He’s got an array of offensive moves and a basketball IQ that is off the charts. There are legit concerns about whether or not his foot speed will allow him to keep up with NBA wings. Windler is limited athletically and needs to gain additional muscle over the next two years.

Rookie Prediction

If it were any other team, I would say Dylan Windler gets the majority of his time in the G-League. However, Windler gets a great opportunity here by getting drafted by the Cleveland Cavaliers, a team that’s comfortable allowing the kids to go through their growing pains. I think Windler will struggle all season staying in front of NBA guards and wings. Any team that drafts Dylan Windler needs to temper their expectations during his rookie year.

Projected Stats, Per Game: 12 mpg, 5.1 ppg, 3.4 rpg, 1.2 apg. I don’t think we see much from Dylan Windler anytime soon. However, I do predict Dylan Windler to show some offensive flashes and make a name for himself in the G-League next season.