4 potential steals for Cleveland Cavaliers in 2023 NBA Draft

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Emoni Bates, Eastern Michigan

A few years ago, Emoni Bates was considered to be a definitive top three 2023 prospect. Now, though, he is projected at the end of the second round it seems, and there’s a ton of skepticism about Bates’ ability to play at the next level. Bates has a mountain of potential, but his poor shot selection and lazy defense is worrisome.

If Bates is such a risky choice, is Cleveland even really willing to consider him? At this point, the Cavaliers do not have time to waste. Their championship window is ready to open, so every player must be the right guy for the job.

Selecting so late in the draft might mean Cleveland has to swing for the fences, though, and Bates might be seen as a low-risk, high-reward type of choice. If he flames out and cannot earn a rotational spot, the Cavaliers are not losing out on much. But, if he can take the advice of the training and coaching staff along with his teammates, Bates might become an all-time steal as a shot-maker in the latter portion of the draft.

Clearly the Cavaliers think this might be the case, as he posted on his Instagram story at a tryout in Cleveland.

With The Ringer slotting Bates in as the final pick, the Cavaliers might find themselves looking in another direction when they’re on the clock.

The final prospect is currently projected to be Cleveland’s choice. How does he fit into the system, and could he be a steal?