CLEVELAND, Ohio – Doodles in my Cleveland Cavaliers NBA notebook design:
1. You can see the influence of two factors in Cavs' first rounds of selection. The first is the Front Office, which focuses on analytics and field photography. It's safe to say that Darius Garland and Dylan Windler are the two best 3-point shooters in the draft.
. 2 The second influence is the new coach John Beilein. The former coach from Michigan also loves outside shooters – and also scorers who can move without opening the ball. This is the 6ft 8 Windler, who is much more than an excellent 3 point shooter.
. 3 I've written a lot about the Cavs and Garland, starting with a story posted Monday morning about his private training with the team in Los Angeles. That was an important indication that he played a major role on the Cavs design board. Beilein is not afraid to play smaller guards if they can score. That's why he was very open to the Collin Sexton / Garland combination.
. 4 Defensively, the young guards will have some nightmarish moments on the court. Beilein must find help for Sexton and Garland. David Nwaba is a 6-foot-4 guard who showed he could defend last season. The Cavs can and should make him a qualified offer of $ 1
. 5 I'm fascinated by Windler, the 6-foot-8 striker from Belmont. He scored an average of 21.3 points and scored 43 percent from 3-point reach. Garland was a 48 percent shooter beyond the arch. What I also like is that Windler averages 10.8 rebounds per game.
. 6 Some analysts were lukewarm to Windler, as he will be 23 on September 23. Well, the Cavs do not all have to draw under 21 years. No. 30 is Kevin Porter Jr. is 19 years old. At the beginning of the season, Garland will also be 19 and Sexton 20 years old. The Cavs acquired number 30 in a trade with Detroit.
. 7 Windler had 35 points and 11 rebounds in Belmont's 79-77 defeat to Maryland in the NCAA tournament. He scored 11-of-23 (7-of-14 on 3-pointers) and had only one turnover. I can see that he is thriving under the share-the-ball system that Beilein wants to implement. The Cavs consider him a "good fit".
. 8 Porter is a 6-foot-6-talented athlete who was the Washington State High School Player of the Year in 2018. He has selected USC through offers from various elite basketball programs. He has the athleticism of being a good defender, rebounder and slasher. He likes to shoot at these James Harden Long Step-Back jumpers, but very few players except Harden can do this.
. 9 Over Porter hover several warning lights. He shot only 52 percent on the foul line. Without the ball, he does not move well. He missed more than a month with a thigh injury. He came back and was then suspended for "behavioral problems".
10th Porter played only 21 games with an average of 9.5 points. He shot 41 percent with 3-pointers. Some of the selected players are rated after more than a year of college. The NBA is now exploring the best high school players, especially at the AAU Summer Tournaments. Here, the Cavs interested for the first time for Garland and Porter.
. 11 Porter also caught the attention of the Cavs and other teams with his play in high school. Some predicted him at the beginning of the university season as a top 15 selection. Porter has a raw talent, but could be challenging for Beilein to coach.
12th Beilein also saw many of the top players in high school. As a Michigan coach, he participated in the main AAU summer leagues as part of his recruiting process.