Almost every mock draft you look at has the Cavaliers taking Irving over Williams, but I’m pretty sure that the Cavs have yet to make that decision. And then there’s this Twitter tidbit from Brian Windhorst, who is a Cavaliers expert: “Heard enough stories about Cavs in-depth research into Derrick Williams to convince me they’re considering him for No. 1 pick.” If Williams showed up for his Monday’s workout and said all the right things, he could easily be taken No. 1. After all, it’s one thing to get a dynamic player, like the ones I listed at the start of this post, but a completely different game when looking at guys with heart, who know how to lead/win, versus guys who simply pile up numbers and are quiet in the locker room.
In the piece, Alexander makes a pretty compelling case for why the Cavaliers should select Williams with the first pick. I still say Irving’s the guy, all this Williams at number one talk is a smokescreen, and the Cavs are playing mind games with David Kahn in an attempt to drive down the value of the second pick.