CLEVELAND, Ohio – Pens in my NBA notebook in Cleveland Cavaliers:
1. You can see the influence of two factors at the beginning of the first round. The first is the front office, which focuses on analytics and shooting from outside. A strong case can be made that Darius Garland and Dillon Windder are perhaps the two best 3 point shooters in this project
2. The second influence is the new coach John Bealene. Former Michigan coach also loves external shooters – and also top scorers who can move without the ball opening. This is 6-foot-8 Winder, which is much more than an excellent 3-point shooter.
3. I have written a lot about Cavs and Garland, starting with a story published on Monday morning about his personal training with the Los Angeles team. It was a major note that he had risen on board the candidates. Bailey is not afraid to play less guards if he can score a goal. That's why he was very open to the Collin Sexton / Garland
4. In a defensive place, the young guards will have some nightmares on the pitch. Bailey will have to find help for Sexton and Garland. David Nouva is a 6-foot 4 guard who showed last season that he can defend. Cavs may and should give him a $ 1
5. I'm fascinated by Windward, 6-foot-8 small ahead of the Belmont Bridge. He scored 21.3 points and shot 43% of the 3-point range. Garland was a 48% archer beyond the rainbow. What I like is Winderre with an average of 10.8 rebounds per game.
6. Some analysts are confident about Winder, because September 23 will be 23 on September 23. Well, you do not have to draw all under the age of 21. When the season opens, Garland will also be 19, and Sexton will be 20. Cavs gains number 30 in trade with Detroit.
7. Winderre had 35 points and 11 rebounds at 79-77 loss to Belmont from Maryland in the NCAA. He fired 11-of-23 (7-of-14 at 3-point) and had only one turn. I see him thriving under the ball sharing system that Bailey wants to realize. Cavs considered it "very appropriate."
8. Porter is a talented 6-foot-6 athlete who is the player of the year in Washington DC in 2018. He has selected USC for offers from several elite basketball programs. He has athleticism to be a good defender, a rebounder and a sniper. He likes shooting with James Harden's jumpers, but very few players other than Harden can do so.
9. There are several warning lights that hang over Porter. He shot just 52 percent on the foul line. He does not move well without the ball. He missed more than a month with a thigh injury. He returned and was then stopped for "behavioral issues".
Porter played only 21 games, averaging 9.5 points. He shot 41% in the 3-point. Some of the selected players are rated more than one year in college. Now NBA studies the best players in high school, especially in elite summer AAU tournaments. This is where Cavs first became interested in Garland and Porter
11. Porter also drew the attention of Kava and other teams with his high school game. Some of them predicted that it would be selected in the top 15 when the college season opened. Porter has a lot of raw talent, but it could be a challenge for Bailey's coach.
12. Bailey also saw many of the top players in high school. As a coach of Michigan, he attends the best summer leagues of the AWU as part of the recruitment process.