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2001 SBNation ReDraft: #8, Cleveland Cavaliers

This is the season of our inactivity.  We are doomed by September to a life of boredom and pre-training camps. So we rounded up the rest of the SBNation homeys and some others, and we're ReDrafting the 2001 NBA Draft. Up next? The Cleveland Cavaliers.

 

With the 8th pick in the 2001 SBNBA ReDraft, the Cleveland Cavaliers,represented by Fear The Sword, select...

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Tyson Chandler, Center, Dominguez High School , Compton, CA.

 

Fear the Sword says: The Cavaliers were already jockeying for position to get a young phenom what was wowing the High School circuit 35 miles to the south.  By drafting Chandler here, the Cavs would get an extremely talented, yet very raw, forward that they had the time to let grow into the player they would need.  At the time, the Cavaliers had two pieces to a puzzle that Jim Paxson couldn’t see would come together.  With Andre Miller at the point and Zydrunas Ilgauskas at center, the Cavs had a nice 1-2 punch.  What they lacked was any type of athleticism on the wing or at forward.  Chandler would give the Cavs exactly that, and since the best pure shooters were already off the board, getting more athletic size was the best option.  Of course, Paxson went after the raw, unathletic, untalented player and the rest was history.