Updated: Sep 28
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The Cleveland Cavaliers had a very surprising season to most people in the NBA and fans of the NBA. The CAVS finished with a record of 44-38. They made the play-in tournament and lost both games to first the Brooklyn Nets, and then to the Atlanta Hawks. In these tough games during the play-in and throughout the regular season you could tell the CAVS were missing a huge piece in their lineup. The need that needed to be filled is a wing player that can score at will and has good size to match up with Jimmy Butler (Miami), Jayson Tatum (Boston), etc. The Cleveland front office did what they could with the 14th overall pick, 39th overall pick, 49th overall pick, and the 56th overall pick.
There was a lot of controversy with what the CAVS could have done with the 14th overall pick. Some people wanted Ochai Agbaji from Kansas, others wanted Johnny Davis from Wisconsin, and some wanted Malaki Branham from Ohio State, then there were the people who wanted a sign and trade to package with Sexton and the 14th overall pick. All of everyone's wants and needs were answered whether they liked the results or not. As the Cleveland Cavaliers drafted Ochai Agbaji from the University of Kansas. I absolutely love this pick. Agbaji and Davis were my top two choices for the CAVS at 14. Ochai is a true 3 & D wing player. He can score at will from anywhere on the court, and he fits today's NBA. Ochai Agbaji is a versatile wing player who can guard the 1-4 on the floor. He is quick and agile and he proved that when he led Kansas to the National Championship in the 2022 campaign for the Jayhawks. Ochai Agbaji averaged 18.8 ppg, and he played all four seasons at Kansas. I love this for the CAVS because he is 22 years old. He can come in right away and help the team. Agbaji is an elite defender and can help put the CAVS over the hump next season. With how I see it the CAVS starting lineup next season will be Darius Garland at the 1, Caris LeVert at the 2, Agbai at the 3, Evan Mobley at the 4, and then Jarrett Allen at the 5. To me that sounds like a starting lineup that can make a run in the postseason.