I wrote earlier during the NBA season why the Cleveland Cavaliers should tank for Zion, an elite player with physicality and can play above the rim. Williamson’s downfall is that he does not space the floor even though he does have a decent, but not great mid-range game. Let’s be real LeBron James is a once in a lifetime generational player that defected to Los Angeles lured by Magic Johnson and Williamson at this time is not as tall as King James 6-foot-8 stature. Williamson is 6-foot-6 more along the lines of Charles Barkley, a thick, bruising and imposing force that plays the wing. In today’s NBA to be an elite wing player your game has to reflect European influence where you can play ‘position-less’ basketball, and unfortunately at this point in Williamson’s career you see more Sir Charles Barkley, than Grant Hill, Penny Hardaway or LeBron James.
After the All-Star break I was upset the Cavs activated Kevin Love from the injury list. I wanted the Cavs to continue to lose games and gain NBA Draft lottery positioning for Williamson, but now I do not mind the Cavs winning a few more ballgames and letting the New York Knicks get the first pick in the NBA Draft, if the Knicks select Williamson. The Cavs will be better served with the No. 2 overall pick in the NBA Draft in June.
Enter Ja Morant, whose game the more I watch is of a playmaker which I have watched for years in LeBron James with an even better knack for scoring at his age early on in Morant. Strengths, dynamic explosive athlete and playmaker that makes everyone on the floor better around him which is huge, Morant displays making his Murray State mid-major school talent teammates better than what they really are on a consistent basis, winning the Ohio Valley Conference and earning an automatic invite to the NCAA Tournament later on this month.
Great court vision with ability to thread the basketball in tight pass windows to teammates are Elite Point Guard skills. Morant has moxie, and a killer instinct on the court which is reminiscent of Kobe Bryant. Speed, quickness, added with explosive leaping ability makes Morant the favorite for the Cavs to draft in June. I know, Cavs fans will say “you just drafted Colin Sexton.” Colin so far is more of a combo guard with a score-first mentality that would be better served at shooting guard with Ja Morant running the point Guard position forming a Cavaliers backcourt for the next decade for Cavs fans to enjoy.
Drawback, Morant must get stronger during the offseason with strength and conditioning at a paramount. Also Morant has to take the easy play at times and not go for the sexy Sports Center highlight reel play which can lead to turnovers that at times gets him in trouble. The positive far outweighs the negative. Koby Altman, Dan Gilbert, draft Morant and restore the Cavs fan base, you have a commitment to winning a championship building the young core needed to get to a Championship level again.