With the 19th pick in the 2013 NBA Draft, the Cleveland Cavaliers have selected international small forward Sergery Karasev. The Russian small forward, who stands 6’7″ and weighs in at 197 pounds, joins top overall pick Anthony Bennett in the Cavaliers 2013 rookie class.
Having already appeared in the Olympics, it is likely that Karasev immediately comes over to play in the NBA. He can spread the floor from the small forward position, which is a skill set only C.J. Miles has on the Cavaliers roster. And considering he is the 7th youngest player in this NBA Draft, he still will have plenty of time to grow and develop his body.
This pick is a solid pick for the Cavaliers. He wasn’t expected to be available when they came on the clock at nineteen and rumors were swirling that the Cavaliers were looking to trade up to acquire him. On this team, he will fit in well no matter who is on the floor. What will be interesting, however, will be how he will play alongside Bennett if the UNLV product plays the three. Even with those worries, Karasev is a good value pick at 19. He fills the Cavaliers positional need and, if he develops at a similar level to Kyle Korver, he could provide a niche skill for the Cavaliers for the foreseeable future.