• The NBA draft features top prospect from around the world
  • The Cleveland Cavaliers are in a position to pick another top talent in the draft
  • Maccabi Tel Aviv star Deni Avdija is a valuable pick for the team

The NBA season is currently in a hiatus with the threat of the coronavirus. Games are looking to resume mid-to-late June as the world recovers from the global pandemic.

While things are uncertain in the rapidly evolving situation, the draft prospects and speculation remain. Teams are looking into improving their teams and deepen their roster in the draft. With the shape of the current season, the Golden State Warriors and the Cleveland Cavaliers are in position for a top pick in the draft.

The Cavaliers are no strangers when it comes to major franchise decisions in the draft. Although they’ve had blunders before like selecting Anthony Bennett as the top pick in 2013, the team has made some wise decisions for their organization.

They have landed top talent in the draft in the recent decade with Kyrie Irving and Andrew Wiggins among them. This proved to be crucial as they were able to trade for Kevin Love when they drafted Wiggins. That move helped them win the 2016 title, as Love was a big piece to that team.

With the Cavaliers struggling now in the team standings, they are once again expected to headline the lottery once again. The Warriors are looking to be the first pick with the Cavaliers trailing behind as the second. Top talents such as Anthony Edwards and LaMelo Ball are considered going first. But one name that also sneaks in the conversation is Maccabi Tel Aviv star Deni Avdija.

Avdija is a young forward who possesses the ball-handling skills of an NBA playmaker. He’s at six-foot-nine and can make plays out of the pick and roll. In addition to these, he has the touch to light it up from the outside with his shooting stroke. He also moves well without the basketball as he actively cuts to the open lanes to take advantage of the defense.

There are multiple international stars now in the league with Luka Doncic leading the charge. These big European stars that possess the size, shooting and ball-handling skills add as an asset to teams like Cleveland. The Cavaliers are currently last in the Eastern Conference with a 19-46 record and would benefit greatly with a player who can provide a spark to their squad.

2019 NBA Draft Board
The first round draft board is seen during the 2019 NBA Draft at the Barclays Center on June 20, 2019 in the Brooklyn borough of New York City. Getty Images/Sarah Stier