With the Miami Heat and Denver Nuggets kicking off the NBA Finals on Thursday night, it’s time that the other 28 teams in the NBA turned their focus fully to the 2023 NBA Draft and offseason. For the Cleveland Cavaliers, this summer will mark the first time since 2017 that the team doesn’t own a first-round pick.
Interestingly enough, the Cavaliers didn’t have any draft picks at all in 2016 and 2017. Despite that, as the Heat have shown over the course of their improbable run to the NBA Finals, key contributors to a successful team can be found in the second round and beyond.
After a pretty shocking first round exit at the hands of the New York Knicks, it’s pretty clear the Cavaliers need to upgrade their current roster if they want to keep competing at a high level in a tough Eastern Conference.
One area where improvements are badly needed is on the wing, where the team has never really found a replacement for LeBron James since he left in 2018. Luckily for Cleveland, this month’s draft is filled with quality prospects who can help the Cavaliers with three-point shooting and perimeter defense in the second round, even.
There are a number of prospects to look at in the weeks before the upcoming draft, but today we’re going to take a look at Keyontae Johnson out of Kansas State, who could provide the team with scoring and slashing on the offensive end.
Johnson is a 2023 NBA Draft prospect who could bolster the Cavs wing production, and has the potential to be a big-time shooter.
First, we’ll take a look at Johnson’s measurables, and the strengths of his game.