3 youngsters Cavs should consider as developmental NBA Draft picks

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Sidy Cissoko, NBA G League Ignite. (Photo by Stacy Revere/Getty Images) /

Sidy Cissoko, NBA G League Ignite

At 6’7″ with a 6’10” wingspan, Sidy Cissoko has all the makings to be a versatile NBA defender. He possesses great lateral quickness and strength, which allows him to guard positions two through five at the next level. Despite not being a prototypical rim protector, Cissoko is an elite shot blocker. His exceptional strength and long wingspan enable him to effectively defend against bigger opponents, making him a valuable asset for switching onto anyone.

Offensively, Cissoko has shown his capability as a ball handler in transition and utilizes his strength to finish at the rim. His overseas experience as a guard is evident in his game, and he has the potential to be a proficient playmaker within the team’s offensive flow. While he may have limitations in scoring in isolation, he is an athletic finisher who possesses the tools to be an impactful slasher off the ball. When left wide open, Cissoko has demonstrated his ability as a suitable shooter, but his consistency in that aspect will ultimately determine his NBA potential.

At just 19 years old, Sidy Cissoko appears NBA-ready on the defensive end, with room for improvement in shooting before earning significant playing time. His defensive versatility and potential as a shooter make him a prototypical three-and-D wing defender, which holds great value in today’s league. Currently projected to be selected in the 30s, the Cavaliers would likely need to make a move to acquire Sidy Cissoko.