Ranking 5 potential wing targets for the Cavaliers in the 2023 NBA Draft

Keyontae Johnson, Kansas State Wildcats. (Photo by Jacob Kupferman/Getty Images)
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Julian Strawther, Gonzaga Bulldogs. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images) /

No. 4: Julian Strawther, Gonzaga

A versatile shooter who could greatly benefit the Cavs’ offense, Julian Strawther took over five threes per game and converted them at a 40% rate. He excels in various shooting aspects, starting with his impressive 43% efficiency on catch-and-shoot opportunities. Strawther is exceptional in spot-up situations and possesses deep range. He showcases excellent off-ball movement, successfully running off screens and executing common NBA actions.

When forced off the three-point line, Strawther displays a soft touch on floaters, adding another dimension to his offensive game. He shot over 56% on floaters and took a high volume of them, which bodes well for his potential as a pick-and-roll ball handler. However, his slow first step and limited finishing creativity restrict his scoring ability, although his other skills align well with the Cavs’ core.

The reason Strawther isn’t ranked higher on this list becomes apparent with his defensive abilities. Despite demonstrating effort, he lacks quickness and strength, raising concerns about his defensive fit. In addition to being below-average athletically, he often finds himself in unfavorable positions to make plays, leaving his defensive position questionable.

Strawther’s unquestionable offensive talent holds great value for any NBA team, but legitimate concerns about his defensive capabilities place him at number four.