Jordan Walsh, Arkansas
Considered one of the most explosive athletes in the draft, Arkansas Razorback forward Jordan Walsh is entering the NBA Draft after his freshman campaign. Standing at 6-foot 7 with a 7-foot-3 wingspan, Walsh has the prototypical physique for a long career in the NBA as a big forward. His build allows him to play at either the 3 or the 4 with the reach to be a stellar defender.
Walsh’s defense is likely his greatest asset but he can make plays for others, finish and should have value on the offensive end if his shot can come around. On a defense-first team such as the Cavaliers, Walsh’s potential would flourish under J.B. Bickerstaff.
In The Ringer’s most recent NBA Mock Draft by Kevin O’Connor, Jordan Walsh is projected to be selected at 38th by the Sacramento Kings. Walsh’s value is well noted, so he might be off the board by the time the Cavaliers are up for selection. All it takes is one or two players at his position suddenly shooting up the draft in order for Walsh to fall into Cleveland’s hands.
As any rookie, Walsh would need time to adjust to NBA competition, but by the end of the next season the incoming forward could find himself in a secured spot in Cleveland’s rotation each night out.
With Walsh being projected well before Cleveland’s opportunity, he may only be a realistic target in the event of the Cavaliers trading up in the draft. But, his potential fit in Cleveland has to be recognized ahead of Thursday’s draft.
This draft has no shortage of wing talent, so what prospects are going to be left come pick 49?