Deni Avdija is a player the Cleveland Cavaliers should be looking at heavily in the 2020 NBA Draft, and it seems they are.
The Cleveland Cavaliers are slated to pick fifth overall in the upcoming draft, which while that be disappointing for some, should still enable the Cavs to select a valuable piece for their rebuild.
Some targets that immediately come to mind for Cleveland there, are Auburn wing Isaac Okoro, Florida State wing Devin Vassell, USC big Onyeka Okongwu, Iowa State guard Tyrese Haliburton and guard Killian Hayes of the BBL’s Ratiopharm Ulm.
Hayes’ agent has previously hit on how the Cavs notified him that Cleveland is not interested, or has little-to-no interest in selecting a guard, though, but I still believe that could’ve just been a smoke screen.
For the Wine and Gold at #5, it would seem that Deni Avdija of the I-BSL’s Maccabi FOX Tel Aviv is firmly on their radar at their spot, along with Okoro and Vassell. The Cavs are seemingly not in agreement on who the top wings involving Okoro, Vassell and Avdija are, for context, per a report from Cleveland.com’s Chris Fedor when discussing the top wings in the 2020 NBA Draft.
Personally, I’d be more than fine with Cleveland going with any of those three at their selection, if that’s what it will end up coming down to, especially with how all could really help the Cavs in coming years on the defensive end.
Us Cavs fans are well aware that Cleveland’s defense, especially, needs a long term upgrade against starting 3’s over Cedi Osman, who has mightily struggled in that realm in his two seasons as the Cavaliers starting 3. Granted, Avdija’s offensive game has its selling points, too.
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So when it comes to the subject of Avdija for the Wine and Gold, who CBS Sports’ Gary Parrish recently mocked to the Cavs, what are his three best attributes, you ask?
We’ll touch on those selling points for Avdija for the Cleveland Cavaliers here.
Now, we’ll move on to #1.