Worst Picks of the NBA Draft
Dion Waiters - Cleveland Cavaliers - 4th Overall
This is kind of a tough one. I guess the Cavs just really wanted a shooting guard, and I can't knock them for that. Had Brad Beal fell to them, I'm sure they would have opted for him over Waiters, and that would have been a great pick. Having just drafted power forward Tristan Thompson last season, Thomas Robinson may not have made much sense to them. It was a little early to draft a prospect as raw as Andre Drummond. I can see them passing on those guys, but what would I have done? Traded out of there. I'm sure there were plenty of teams that would have loved to jump up and get a guy like Thomas Robinson. If the Cavs moved down to around the 9th-11th pick range, they could have had a shot at getting Waiters (though my guess is Toronto would have taken him) or could have gotten a guy like Jeremy Lamb, who I think has a good chance of being better than Waiters. Waiters just doesn't seem skilled or quick enough to me to be effective in the NBA. He never impressed me with his quickness in college and at 6'4'' he'll often be facing lengthier NBA shooting guards, so I wonder if he'll be able to penetrate as he did at Syracuse. I don't think he will.
Austin Rivers - New Orleans Hornets - 10th Overall
Despite the fact that I simply don't like Austin Rivers' game, I just think he's a bad fit for the Hornets. They plan on signing their excellent young shooting guard, Eric Gordon, to an extension, so if they project Austin Rivers as a starter their thinking the back court will be Rivers and Gordon. They need a distributor. Rivers averaged more turnovers than assists in his one season at Duke, and while Gordon is a better distributor, his career assist average is still only 3.3. Jarrett Jack just had a solid year for the Hornets at point guard, averaging 15.6 points with 6.3 assists. I would have liked to see the Hornets go bigger. Maybe get Meyers Leonard to put next to Anthony Davis, draft Terrence Jones and slide Davis to center, go for a small forward like Maurice (formerly Moe) Harkless. If they really wanted to go with a guard, at least get someone like Kendall Marshall who can distribute. I don't see Rivers and Gordon as a back court that could ever have good chemistry.