Can you explain for me the psychology of Chris Grant ignoring the small forward position since LBJ’s departure? I miss Joey Graham ?@DavidBuona
I had a similar conversation with former coach Byron Scott during summer league in 2012. After they had drafted Kyrie Irving, Dion Waiters, Tristan Thompson and Tyler Zeller in the span of two drafts, I told Scott I found it amusing they addressed every position in the draft except small forward. He laughed and said it wasn’t for a lack of trying.
The Cavs acquired Omri Casspi thinking he could be at least an average to above-average small forward in the NBA, but he was a disaster here. He’s now playing well in a different system in Houston.
Harrison Barnes and Otto Porter Jr. are really the only viable small forwards the Cavs passed on in the draft, given their position, and Waiters is producing better numbers than Barnes.
Andre Iguodala would’ve looked good in a Cavs jersey, but it’s doubtful he would’ve been interested in coming here. He got paid very well to go to San Francisco and play for a Warriors team farther along the development path than the Cavs.
Anthony Bennett was selected as a future small forward, but the Cavs were drafting on ceiling and upside. If their target in June was for the best player at the moment and to fill the biggest need, then maybe they’d have selected Porter, whose struggles have been worse than Bennett’s.
The Cavs are well aware of the hole they have at the “3,” which is why they’re hoping Earl Clark works out. Any time a trade discussion for a small forward arises, the first player that teams ask for is Waiters — even for marginal, average NBA wings. That’s not happening.