The Cleveland Cavaliers have been in the headlines since the moment they won the 2014 Draft Lottery to secure the top overall pick in the 2014 NBA Draft. Still, the draft process is about more than just one pick, and the Cavaliers have selected former Virginia shooting guard Joe Harris with the 33rd overall pick.
The 6-foot-6 Harris led the Virginia version of the Cavaliers (insert laughter here) to a strong season that ended with a number one seed in the NCAA Tournament, and as a four-year player in college, he should be fairly pro-ready. If there is a top-notch attribute to his game, it is the fact that he is a knock-down shooter, and that was evidenced by his consistent 3-point shooting in the 40% range in college.
Despite what some perceive as athletic limitations, Joe Harris remains a solid defender for his position, and on a roster that doesn’t field much in the way of defense, that could be useful. Obviously, second round picks are guaranteed nothing in the process, but Harris is the somewhat rare case of a four-year player who also possesses a solid amount of growth potential. Joe Harris never received the attention of being the best player on a top-flight collegiate team, but in the NBA, he has a real chance to shine in the future.