Detroit Pistons: How will other team needs effect their pick?

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Cedi Osman #16 talks to Andre Drummond #3 and Collin Sexton #2 of the Cleveland Cavaliers (Photo by Jason Miller/Getty Images)
Cedi Osman #16 talks to Andre Drummond #3 and Collin Sexton #2 of the Cleveland Cavaliers (Photo by Jason Miller/Getty Images) /

#2 Cleveland Cavaliers

Pick Odds: Pick 1 (14%), Pick 2 (13.4%), Pick 3 (12.7%), Pick 4 (12%), Pick 5 (27.8%), Pick 6 (20%), Average pick of 3.9
Biggest Needs: Wings, Offensive Creativity
My Big Board: Anthony Edwards, Obi Toppin, Isaac Okoro, Deni Avdija

Oh boy are the Cleveland Cavaliers in a bad spot. Probably the team in the worst position in the NBA, the Cavaliers are once again trying to get some post-LeBron success.

Even if the NBA rigs the lottery once again to gift the top pick to the Cavs, they can’t even pick LaMelo Ball or Anthony Edwards due to them selecting a point guard the last two years. It is very known that Darius Garland and Collin Sexton are both two ball dominant players who are horribly inefficient both together and apart.

Their best options would have to be Obi Toppin or Isaac Okoro to be able to address their terrible wing play since LeBron left.

Isaac Okoro should not be a top 4 pick so if they get the top pick, I would select Anthony Edwards and trade away either Sexton or Garland or select Obi Toppin. Selecting Toppin would allow the Cavs to move on from Kevin Love and continue along with their rebuild.

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Obi Toppin is the pick with Isaac Okoro as the backup option if Toppin is off the board. If a doomsday scenario happens where both players are selected, then Onyeka Okongwu could be an intriguing dark horse.

Obi Toppin is a more win-now player as he’s pretty old for the draft being 22 years old, and I firmly believe if there was an NCAA tournament, Obi Toppin would have secured himself as a top three pick.

His lack of competition seems to be his one big flaw but when looking at other top prospects this year, is the NBL in Australia or the Pac-12 or even the bottom of the SEC really good competition? Toppin played in a very NBA-like system at Dayton and showed his ability to finish flashy dunks, hit threes, and get to the rim.

Similarly, to anyone not named Isaac Okoro or Tyrese Haliburton in this draft, defense is a pretty big hole in his game. A few years back, that might have been a big issue but with teams giving up 110+ points per game and still winning, defense isn’t anything to worry about nowadays.

Finally, with the revolutionary style the Rockets are playing, Obi Toppin could fit at the 3, 4, or 5 positions, meaning that he could play alongside of Kevin love or Andre Drummond or in their positions if taken in Cleveland, staying in Ohio.

Obi Toppin to me seems like a worse defending, better offense Draymond Green or a Detroit Blake Griffin but slightly worse. However, knowing the Cavs, they will pick like a Cole Anthony or something and continue with their pick-and-roll dominant offense.