NBA Draft 2013: Cavaliers could take Otto Porter with No. 1 pick, according to report

US PRESSWIRE

A recent report suggests that it's not out of the question for the Cleveland Cavaliers to take Otto Porter with the No. 1 overall pick.

Otto Porter and Anthony Bennett appear to be the early favorites for the Washington Wizards' No. 3 pick in the 2013 NBA Draft, but what if one or the other isn't there to be selected?

It might happen with Porter. The Cavaliers are thinking about using the No. 1 pick on him rather than Kentucky's Nerlens Noel, according to Michael Lee of the Washington Post.

But there is a possibility that Porter, arguably the most NBA-ready player among the top prospects, might not be around when the Wizards pick third. A source with knowledge of the Cavaliers' thinking said Porter is under consideration to go No. 1.

A few things about this rumor:

  1. The Cavaliers have no incentive to make it seem like they've decided what they want to do with the No. 1 pick.
  2. The Cavaliers are notoriously difficult to read. Nobody projected them to take Tristan Thompson or Dion Waiters, but they did. It later came out that Waiters was higher on their draft board than Bradley Beal.
  3. The Cavaliers do have a major need for a small forward. The position is currently occupied by former Wizards castoff Alonzo Gee and the streaky C.J. Miles.
  4. There's some logic to the idea that the Cavaliers would prefer to have someone who will actually be on the court next year over a player with a torn ACL. They appear serious about wanting to stop the tanking/asset accumulation and actually try to move forward this summer.
All this is to say that this won't be the last time Porter will be rumored to go No. 1.
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