3 things the Cavs can do to further progress in their rebuild

Iowa State Cyclones guard Tyrese Haliburton passes the ball. (Photo by David K Purdy/Getty Images)
Iowa State Cyclones guard Tyrese Haliburton passes the ball. (Photo by David K Purdy/Getty Images) /
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Tyrese Haliburton, Cleveland Cavaliers
Iowa State Cyclones guard Tyrese Haliburton handles the ball. (Photo by David K Purdy/Getty Images) /

The Cleveland Cavaliers need to select another lead guard in the next draft

The Cavaliers have drafted a point guard with their lottery picks in the past two straight seasons, but, in terms of pushing the current rebuild along, it could be in the teams’ best interest to draft another one in this year’s draft as well.

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While it is uncertain where the Cavs will pick in the 2020 NBA Draft at the moment, it will at worst be sixth overall, per Tankathon, meaning that there should definitely be one of the best ones left on the board when it is Cleveland’s time to pick. Two guards the team should be looking at in that regard are Tyrese Haliburton and Killian Hayes.

One thing that the Cavaliers desperately need on their team is a high-end playmaker and Haliburton is arguably the best passing guard in this draft.

In his final year at college with the Iowa State Cyclones, he averaged 6.5 assists per game, which is indicative of him having a high ceiling in the playmaking sense at the NBA level.

He is a great three-point shooter as well, as evidenced by him hitting 42.6 percent from deep in his two seasons, per Sports Reference, which would lead to more floor spacing for the Cavaliers and more driving lanes for slashers on the team like Collin Sexton.

Also, he has great size for the point guard position, as he is listed at 6-foot-5, and his 6-foot-8 wingspan should help early on in the team sense, at minimum.

Albeit there are some questions about Haliburton that raise a couple of red flags. The first is that he is only 175 pounds, which is very light. He needs to get stronger, to help prevent injuries or at the very least, he could have trouble playing through contact.

The final concern is the form of his jump shot/slow release. While he was a great collegiate three-point shooter, many wonder if he will be able to get his shot off as often or as easily as he had in college, and that does need to be taken into consideration.

The other prospect the Cavs should be eyeing this year is Killian Hayes. To get a deeper look as to why the Cavaliers should draft Killian Hayes I did a deep dive on the topic earlier in the NBA shutdown. Hayes is another playmaker with a really high ceiling in that realm at the NBA level. Besides their passing ability and height, with Hayes standing at 6-foot-5 as well, the players are polar opposites.

Hayes is a left-handed player who scoring-wise thrives closer to the basket, having a wide assortment of floaters and other moves to get past defenders. The key issue is, he does struggle from the three-point line.

While he has a good looking shot, he struggles to shoot consistently and is not natural as a perimeter shooter; he shot only 29.4 percent in his 2019-20 play across all leagues for German club Ratiopharm Ulm, per Real GM.

This shooting ability is what will be a make-or-break aspect about Hayes’ career and will make it worth choosing him where the Cavaliers are in the draft or not.

Lastly, the third way Cleveland can further progress in their rebuild has to do with admitting fault from the 2019 NBA Draft.