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2014 NBA Draft: Top 3 Point Guards to Target if Cleveland Cavaliers Trade Jarrett Jack
The Cleveland Cavaliers made waves around the NBA this week by hiring dominant European head coach, David Blatt. It appears new general manager David Griffin is not done dominating the headlines, as rumors leaked out the team may be looking to trade backup point guard, Jarrett Jack.
After inking Jack to a four-year, $25 million contract last July, the veteran point guard struggled to make an impact with the Cavaliers last season. Coming over from the Warriors, many were expecting the 12.9 points, 5.6 assists and 3.1 rebounds he put up as a reserve in 2012-2013. Instead, Jack underwhelmed and struggled in ex-coach Mike Brown’s system—scoring just 9.5 points, 4.1 assists and 2.8 rebounds on 41 percent shooting.
With three years left on his contract with the Cavaliers, the rumblings began prior to the trade deadline that the team could look to move him. A few short months later, and it appears the Cavaliers are discussing a swap of Jack for Marcus Thornton of the Brooklyn Nets according to ESPN.
The acquisition of Thornton would alleviate the Cavaliers of three more years of Jack, as Thornton has just one year left on his contract at $8.6 million. Thornton could also provide a major spark off the bench, as he has proven to fill up the stat sheet in a hurry thanks to his range and floor spacing abilities.
Though some feel Jack’s struggles were a product of the less wide open system of Brown, moving him makes a lot of financial sense. But trading Jack would create a void to the tune of 28.2 minutes a night in the Cavaliers rotation, one the team would have to fill in free agency or the 2014 NBA Draft.
With the No. 1 overall pick, the Cavaliers are more than likely not going to select a point guard since they already have a budding star in Kyrie Irving at the position. However, they do own the No. 33 overall pick in the second round and there just so happens to be a couple of guys available who could come in and make an impact as a backup point guard.
Tyler Ennis, Syracuse
Projected to go between picks 25 and 35, the 19-year old from Canada elected to head to the NBA after his freshman season. Touted as an intelligent and unselfish point guard, Ennis averaged 12.9 points, 5.5 assists and 3.4 rebounds on 41 percent shooting in his lone season in college. He also made an impact on the defensive end, averaging 2.1 steals while playing 35.7 minutes a game.
Standing 6’2” and 180 pounds, Ennis would be worth trying to move up into the 20s to secure as the team’s backup to Irving. Though he is not an elite athlete, his excellent decision making and ability to get his teammates involved would be the perfect addition to the Cavaliers back court.
Spencer Dinwiddie, Colorado
More of a combo guard, the 6’6” and 205-pound junior out of Colorado can fill up the stat sheet on any given night. Before suffering a torn ACL in January, Dinwiddie was averaging 14.7 points, 3.8 assists and 3.1 rebounds on 46.6 percent shooting. The 21-year old also displayed good range from three-point land, shooting 41.6 percent from beyond the arc last season.
One of the things that Cavaliers fans should look out for with Dinwiddie is his success and comfort-level in a pick-and-roll based offense—something their new coach will be bringing to the team. Since he can shoot, pass and attack the hole with ease, he could make a nice addition to Blatt’s offense. If Dinwiddie can make a complete come back from his ACL injury, do not be surprised if his name is called at the beginning of the second round.
Semaj Christon, Xavier
If the Cavaliers are looking for an aggressive, physical point guard who isn’t afraid to get in the face of the guy he is defending, Christon could be a target in the second round. At 6’3” and 185 pounds, Christon’s 6’6” wingspan allows him to guard bigger point guards and even shooting guards when necessary.
Christon’s defensive skills are not the only reason a team like the Cavaliers should target him, though. His aggressiveness carries over to the offensive side, as he likes to attack and create for his teammates. He is also not afraid to take the ball to the hole and create contact to draw fouls.
Though his jumper needs some work, Christon is the type of guy who finds a way to score. Playing 35.3 minutes per game as a sophomore, he shot 47.9 percent from the field and averaged 17 points, 4.2 assists and 2.7 rebounds. Projected to go in the middle of the second round, the Cavaliers could take Christon at No. 33 or buy another second-round pick from a team looking to unload one (Philadelphia has five of them).
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