4 potential steals for Cleveland Cavaliers in 2023 NBA Draft

Jalen Wilson, Kansas Jayhawks. (Photo by Jeffrey Becker-USA TODAY Sports)
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Jalen Wilson, Kansas

At 22 years old, the Kansas Jayhawks website suggests that Jalen Wilson will be “one of the most decorated players in Kansas men’s basketball history” – quite an eye-catching statement for a second round prospect.

As stated prior, Wilson is currently mocked as the Cavaliers’ choice at 49, according to The Ringer. O’Connor boasts Wilson’s handle and strength. He is too swift for bigs but too tough for smaller guards. His drawbacks, though, are that he shoots well from the arc on catch-and-shoot opportunities but struggles to create his own shot.

Thankfully, the Cavaliers would not be asking Wilson to serve as a primary ball handler or shot creator. Wilson has the size and strength to drive into the paint and can shoot the ball off of a pick-and-roll or pass out of a drive. That might be the exact prospect Cleveland needs right away. Wilson will have the chance to learn from his peers how to create his own shot in time.

The offensive upside is already there, giving the Cavaliers plenty of reason to be intrigued in Wilson’s game.

NBA Draft Room compares Wilson to Cleveland’s very own Dylan Windler (without the repetitive injury concerns). Could he be the second chance the Cavs never got? A healthy long range threat with steady defense pushes Cleveland into contention if everything goes well.

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If Wilson’s game translates from college to the NBA, he will be an astounding steal for the Cavaliers at pick No. 49. The 2023 NBA Draft is nearing ever closer, so time will tell soon enough.