The Cleveland Cavaliers have chosen Auburn ahead Isaac Okoro with the No. 5 decide of the 2020 NBA Draft.
CLEVELAND — Editor’s word: the video within the participant above is from Nov. 16, 2020.
Over the course of the previous two seasons, the Cleveland Cavaliers have possessed the worst protection within the NBA. On Wednesday, they did their finest to treatment that, deciding on Auburn ahead Isaac Okoro with the No. 5 total decide of the 2020 NBA Draft.
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Thought of arguably the highest defensive participant on this yr’s draft, the 19-year-old Okoro ought to fill an on the spot want for a Cleveland crew that has struggled to cease opponents from scoring in every of the previous two seasons. In every of the final two years, the Cavs have ranked final within the NBA in defensive effectivity, permitting 1.121 factors per 100 possessions through the 2019-20 season.
Measuring in at 6-foot-6 and 225 kilos, Okoro averaged 12.9 factors and 4.Four rebounds in 28 video games throughout his lone season at Auburn. Based on ESPN’s Mike Schmitz, the 2020 All-SEC second-team choice possesses All-NBA Defensive crew potential because of his “wonderful lateral quickness, excessive depth stage and sound approach.”
On the offensive finish of the ground, Okoro stays a piece in progress, as he linked on simply .286 % of his 3-point makes an attempt at Auburn. Talking to ESPN through the telecast of Wednesday evening’s draft, Auburn head coach Bruce Pearl mentioned that Okoro’s work ethic will assist him in enhancing on the offensive facet of the ground.
“If he develops a leap shot, he’ll be an NBA All-Star,” Pearl mentioned.
In Cleveland, Okoro may discover fast enjoying time a roster that lacks wings depth. At the moment, Cedi Osman, Kevin Porter Jr. and Alfonzo McKinnie are the one Cavs swingmen set to return who noticed vital enjoying time final season.