Cavs draft: Two-way potential is key seller for Jonathan Kuminga

G League Ignite wing Jonathan Kuminga drives. (Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images)
G League Ignite wing Jonathan Kuminga drives. (Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images) /
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Jonathan Kuminga, Cleveland Cavaliers
G League Ignite wing Jonathan Kuminga shoots a free throw in-game. (Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images) /

The way things appear to be shaking out, the Cleveland Cavaliers could very well have a top five selection in the 2021 NBA Draft that’s set to commence on July 29.

While the new lottery odds make it seem as though it’s still somewhat uncertain as to how high Cleveland could actually end up drafting, or if the Cavs were to fall some, they should have a realistic shot of landing a top five or six selection. As of Thursday, Cleveland is currently projected to pick sixth overall, per Tankathon.

Again, one still has to read into those with a grain of salt, based on the league’s newer lottery odds, but it gives us a decent idea.

So in relation to potential prospects that the Cavaliers could be targeting with a top five or six selection, with more so the top pick, that’d appear to be Cade Cunningham of Oklahoma State. KJG’s Matthew Fagan recently detailed how Cunningham could be a heck of a scoring and playmaking presence from the jump for the Cavs, too.

From there, the likes of USC’s Evan Mobley, Jalen Green and Jonathan Kuminga of the G League Ignite squad, Jalen Suggs of Gonzaga and perhaps Scottie Barnes of Florida State seem to first come to mind as other potential top five-six or so selections.

For me for Cleveland, personally given that he’ll realistically be a true point guard mostly, of those potential selections, Suggs is the one I’d clearly steer clear of, whereas the others I’d be more than fine with, frankly.

In this case, though, I’ll focus on Kuminga as a potential Cavs selection, and touch on the key selling point for him.

The key seller for Kuminga as a possible Cavs draft selection is his immense two-way potential, of which we’ll hit on here.

First, we’ll take a look at how he could help Cleveland defensively.