The NBA Draft Lottery did not favor the Cleveland Cavaliers on Tuesday night.
The Cavs shared a 14% chance to secure the No. 1 selection with the New York Knicks and the Phoenix Suns. Unfortunately, the basketball gods weren’t on Cleveland’s side as the wine and gold ended the night with the fifth selection in the 2019 draft.
Picking fifth overall puts the Cavs in a trickier situation. The top players in the draft, Zion Williamson, Ja Morant and R.J. Barrett will likely already be selected.
But it’s quite possible that Duke’s third star, Cam Reddish, will be available for the Cavs.
The Athletic’s Joe Vardon reported that the Cavs will indeed meet with Reddish on Friday.
Reddish is the biggest “boom-or-bust” player in this year’s lottery. Arriving at Duke as a five-star recruit, Reddish was entirely underwhelming and oftentimes found himself in the large shadows of Williamson and Barrett.
In 36 games with the Blue Devils, Reddish averaged 13.5 points on 35.6 percent shooting and 3.9 rebounds.
However, when Williamson was sidelined with a knee injury, Reddish accepted a bigger role, averaging 16.2 points over a six-game stretch, which included a career-high 27 point explosion against rival school North Carolina.
At the NBA Combine, Reddish measured in at 6’6’’ tall without shoes, good size for a small forward. His height mixed with his big wingspan makes him an intriguing lottery prospect. His shooting ability was a driving factor that landed him in Durham as a Blue Devil.
A meeting does not mean a guaranteed pick, but the Cavaliers certainly appear to have some interest in selecting Reddish in June’s draft.
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