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Cavaliers have plenty of options

TBO.com The Associated Press
Published:   |   Updated: March 20, 2013 at 01:43 PM

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NEW YORK -

Just in case the Cleveland Cavaliers need it, here's some advice for what to do with those two high picks: Take Kyrie Irving first, grab Turkish big man Enes Kanter fourth, and start enjoying the postseason success you used to have when LeBron James was around.

"If I play with Kyrie, I believe we can make playoffs," Kanter said. "I know we can make playoffs."

Or instead, pass on Irving and go with Arizona's Derrick Williams, who can play inside or out, either forward spot, and would bring a mixture of power and athleticism.

"I feel like I am the most overall ready in this spot by my size and ready to make an impact," Williams said.

Even in what's considered a less-than-stellar NBA draft, the Cavaliers have plenty of options tonight at the Prudential Center in Newark, N.J., when they become the first team since the 1983 Houston Rockets with two picks in the top four.

They're expected to start with Irving, considered the favorite since the Cavaliers won the lottery last month. Though Irving, a Duke point guard, played just 11 games during his freshman season because of a toe injury on his right foot, his numbers in limited playing time seem too good to pass up.

"It definitely feels good, you know, knowing that I'm still projected to go No. 1," Irving said. "We'll see how it goes tomorrow, but it's an honor to be at the No. 1 spot right now."

Irving, 6-foot-2, averaged 17.5 points while shooting 53 percent from the floor, 46 percent from 3-point range and 90 percent from the foul line. He returned from his injury in time to play in the NCAA tournament and said that proves there should be no question about his health.

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