The Cleveland Cavaliers have selected Joe Harris of the University of Virginia with the 33rd pick in the NBA Draft:
Cleveland will select Joe Harris with the 33rd pick, league source tells Yahoo.
— Adrian Wojnarowski (@WojYahooNBA) June 27, 2014
Harris is a 6’6″ small forward, who was the leading scorer on the other major Cavaliers team, who won the ACC tournament on one of Virginia’s best teams in years. He was selected one pick after K.J. McDaniels of Clemson, and a pick before Cleanthony Early of Wichita State, both widely regarded to be better prospects in the pre-draft process.
Harris does a little bit of everything, on both ends. He was a 40 percent three-point shooter last season, can pass well for a forward, and gives good effort on the defensive end for an unathletic forward.
Harris’s selection is likely a heavily David Blatt-influenced pick. He’s a strong shooter, which the Cavs really lacked, and does a majority of his damage off screens, which Tony Bennett used heavily in a strong Virginia offense, and Blatt uses a ton of in his offense. He can also distribute, which adds an interesting dynamic for the team.
Harris is likely headed to Canton for the season, where he can refine his shooting ability and the team can evaluate what his defensive ceiling is. We will likely need to wait until he plays in Summer League in a couple weeks to get a further idea of how the Cavs might use him, but he seems like a nice foil for Carrick Felix, giving the Cavs two interesting wing prospects to develop who compliment each other.
A more detailed breakdown of this pick will be posted here this weekend, detailing his offensive and defensive abilities. However, until then, Right Down Euclid would like to welcome Harris to Cleveland.