Over the last couple of weeks the Cleveland Cavaliers have been playing some of the best basketball in the entire NBA. Darius Garland is playing like an elite young point guard. Jarrett Allen’s $100 Million deal over the summer looks like a steal. On top of all of that, rookie forward Evan Mobley is the clear front-runner in the NBA’s Rookie of the Year race.
Before last night’s game versus the struggling Pelicans, the Cavs had won seven of their last eight games, and were in fifth place in the Eastern Conference. The thought of the Cavs picking in the lottery again next year was far from anyone’s mind. However, last night was a rough one for the Cavaliers. Not only did they lose to a bad New Orleans team, but Ricky Rubio was injured during the game as well. Rubio is getting an MRI done on Wednesday, but the injury at first glance looked pretty severe.
If you put Rubio’s injury to the side, the Cavs should still make the playoffs if they keep playing the way they have been. Losing the Spanish floor general is a huge loss, considering Darius Garland entered the NBA’s Health and Safety Protocols on Tuesday morning. The Cavs are short-handed for the foreseeable future, and hopefully they can stay afloat in the weaker Eastern Conference.
The Cavs’ injuries might knock them down into the lottery. Kendall Brown is one player in the 2022 NBA Draft who could help the Cavs next season.
However, we can take this time to take a look at some of the best prospects that might slip to the late lottery, or even further, on draft night. Guys like Johnny Davis from Wisconsin, Arizona’s Bennedict Mathurin, and Michigan’s Caleb Houstan are very good players who might get passed over in the top ten. With all that being said, today we start out with Baylor’s freshman wing Kendall Brown.