Source: Cavs Favor Valanciunas Over Kanter
If Jonas Valanciunas' buyout is completed before the draft, multiple sources indicate the Cavs are leaning toward taking the 245-pounder. However, if the snafu is still hanging over his head, then the 259-pound Kanter could be the pick.
First of all, there’s an outside chance Kanter will be selected No. 2 by Minnesota or No. 3 by Utah.
Kanter appears to be a safer pick than Valanciunas for the Cavs. He’s ready to play right now. His offensive skills and physical development are further along.
Then why would the Cavs select Valanciunas?
His ceiling appears to be much higher. Once it all comes together for the Lithuanian center, he could become an All-Star.
“They’re both risks,” ESPN analyst Chad Ford said. “They both have upside. I think if you picked Kanter, you’re picking because he is a bit more polished offensively right now, and he has a better NBA body right now.
“If you pick Valanciunas, you’re picking upside. You’re picking a guy who I know many NBA scouts feel in five years could end up being the best player in this draft, but he’s got a long way to go to get there.”