3 Cavs players that’d benefit most from Killian Hayes 2020 NBA Draft pick

Ratiopharm Ulm guard Killian Hayes handles the ball. (Photo by TF-Images/Getty Images)
Ratiopharm Ulm guard Killian Hayes handles the ball. (Photo by TF-Images/Getty Images) /
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Dylan Windler, Cleveland Cavaliers
Cleveland Cavaliers wing Dylan Windler poses for a photo. (Photo by Jason Miller/Getty Images) /

One of three Cleveland Cavaliers players that’d benefit most from a Hayes pick: Dylan Windler

Dylan Windler was the 26th overall pick in the 2019 NBA Draft by the Cavaliers. Due to a stress reaction in his lower left leg that was suffered before the preseason, Windler was sidelined for the start of the season. After being cleared to participate in basketball activities, Windler was sent down to the G-League as the Cavs planned on easing him back into basketball.

Windler would play there a bit but, during a practice, he would experience soreness in that same lower leg and would ultimately be shut down by the Cavaliers and would undergo surgery for this injury. Windler did not play at all in 2019-20, but his role could be big for the Cavaliers as his size at 6-foot-6 and shooting would give the Cleveland Cavaliers a much-needed offensive boost.

Looking at how a Hayes selection in the 2020 NBA Draft could benefit Windler, in the minutes they spend together, Windler could find himself working a lot off-ball as a spot-up shooter and cutter.

Windler was extremely efficient at Belmont and played amazing off the ball.

During his senior season in which he had 21.3 points per game, he scored 1.361 points per catch-and-shoot jump shot in the half court, ranking in the 94th percentile, per Synergy Sports and h/t NBA.com. Windler also scored 1.628 points per possession on cuts at Belmont last season, ranking in the 97th percentile.

All in all, Windler could have a similar impact off-ball/as a spot-up shooter that we have seen players such as Kyle Korver and J.R. Smith have for the Cavs in the past. This play style was one that the Cavs needed and he should have many opportunities to showcase this play style with the Wine and Gold.

The third Cavs player that would benefit most from a Hayes pick would be a key all-around big.