Cleveland Cavaliers Select Garland, Windler, Porter Jr. In 2019 NBA Draft

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Darius Garland 2019 NBA Draft
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There are two things new Cleveland Cavaliers head coach John Beilein wanted out of the 2019 NBA Draft, shooting and player development. He got both.

The Cavaliers found both in the Nashville, Tennessee area. Cleveland used the number five overall pick on Darius Garland, a guard from Vanderbilt University. At pick number 26, the Cavaliers selected Dylan Windler, a small forward out of Belmont University. Both colleges are located in Nashville, Tennessee.

The Cavaliers draft a point guard for the second year in a row. Its also the second time this decade that Cleveland uses a top five pick on a point guard with little college experience.

Garland played in only five games for the Commodores before suffering a season ending knee injury. He suffered a torn meniscus. 2011 number one overall pick Kyrie Irving only played eleven games at Duke.

Garland and Sexton will share time together in the Cavaliers backcourt. Beilein likes smaller sized guards who can shoot the basketball. Garland provides that and Sexton greatly improved his shooting as his rookie season moved on.

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Windler lead Belmont University to the school’s first NCAA Tournament victory this past March. The Bruins won three conference titles during Windler’s time at Belmont. He averaged 21.3 points on 54 percent shooting and 42.9 percent from 3-point range to go with 10.8 rebounds, 2.5 assists and 1.4 steals last season.

The Cavaliers are also looking to acquire another pick in this years draft since they do not have a pick in the second round. The Cavaliers acquired the 30th and final pick in the first round from the Milwaukee Bucks via the Detroit Pistons. Yes three teams in the same division are involved in a trade on draft night.

The Pistons acquired the pick and Tony Snell from the Bucks in exchange for Jon Leuer. The Cavaliers are sending four future second round picks to Detroit. The Pistons drafted Kevin Porter Jr., a shooting guard from the University of Southern California for the Cavaliers.

Scott Piker is the Cleveland BrownsCleveland Cavaliers and Cleveland Indians Managing Editor for Full Press Coverage.com. So follow him on twitter @ScottPikerSport

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