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NBA Draft 2022: Three potential second-round targets for Cavaliers at No. 39

The Cleveland Cavaliers have some choices ahead of them as they prepare for the 2022 NBA Draft on June 23. The Cavs’ No. 14 pick holds the most weight at the moment, but Cleveland also has two second-round picks at Nos. 39 and 56. (As a reminder, there are only 58 picks in this year’s draft instead of 60.)

There are a few ways the Cavs could approach those picks. They could draft and develop a player, especially their early second-round pick. Cleveland also could try and package the picks in a trade for a veteran role player and address a specific need, like finding a backup point guard or a wing — although a wing could be difficult to come by in a trade. A trade package also would require more than just the second-round picks, so there are considerations of who is currently on the roster that would be included in such a deal.

That is what the next month is for Cleveland, to figure out the best move. Let’s look at three guys who could be potential targets at No. 39.

Dalen Terry

Background

Our draft expert Sam Vecenie has the Cavs selecting Terry with the 39th pick in his post-lottery mock draft. The 19-year-old played two seasons at Arizona and shot 47.7 percent from the field and 35 percent from 3 over his collegiate career. He averaged just 6.6 points per game in 24.9 minutes in his two seasons, yet, his numbers ticked up in his sophomore season, as he averaged eight points per game and shot 50.2 percent from the field and 36.4 percent from 3. Terry also added 3.9 assists per game during the 2021-22 season.

Before college, Terry attended Hillcrest Prep in Phoenix, where he was ranked top 50 in the country. He was invited to the USA Basketball U19 team training camp but failed to make it to the 2021 FIBA U19 World Cup’s final team.

Draft Combine measurements

Terry’s official measurements from the NBA Draft Combine: 6-foot-7 1/4 in shoes, 7-foot 3/4 wingspan, 8-foot-10 standing reach, 195.2 pounds with 5.4 percent body fat.

Overall fit with Cavs 

There is potential for Terry to fit with the Cavs because they could use wing depth, especially a player with some size. With the earlier second-round pick, there is potential that the Cavs could develop his game more, and he could be a role player down the line. Terry can attack the basket and score. He is a decent playmaker and rebounder, as he averaged 4.8 boards in his sophomore season. A solid defender, Terry can impact the game on both ends of the floor. He is lacking in his 3-point shot — he averaged just 2.1 attempts per game during the 2021-22 season — which could be an area of development if the Cavs took him at No. 39.

Jalen Williams

Background

Williams played three seasons at Santa Clara, with his junior season being his most dominant. In 84 games, the 21-year-old averaged 12.6 points while shooting 46.9 percent from the field. He also made 35.2 percent of his career 3-pointers and 78 percent of his free throws. In 2021-22, Williams earned first-team All-WCC honors after averaging 18 points, 4.4 rebounds and 4.2 assists that season.

Prior to college, Williams went to Perry High School in Gilbert, Ariz. He grew eight inches from his sophomore year to senior year.

Draft combine measurements

Williams’ official measurements from the NBA Draft Combine: 6-foot-5 3/4 in shoes, 7-foot-2 1/4 wingspan, 8-foot-9 1/2 standing reach, 209.2 pounds with 8.9 percent body fat.

Overall fit with Cavs

Williams seems to be one of the potential risers after standing out at the NBA Combine last week. He could very quickly move up into the first round as the pre-draft process continues. If he does remain in the second round, Williams could offer Cleveland some wing help. The 6-foot-6 guard handles the ball well and makes plays off passes. There’s a versatility to his game on the ball. He also can defend multiple positions. Williams’ 3-point percentage from his junior season at 40 percent is intriguing, considering the Cavs were middle of the pack in 3-point shooting percentage (35.5 percent) last season, and it’s an area they’d like to improve.

David Roddy

Background 

Roddy played three seasons at Colorado State with his impact growing each year. He saw a rise in his 3-point percentage during his junior season, shooting 43.8 percent (previously 27.8 percent as a sophomore). In his third and final season, Roddy recorded 19.4 points, 7.5 rebounds, 2.8 assists, 1.2 steals and 1.0 blocks in 33 minutes per game en route to Mountain West Player of the Year honors.

Draft Combine measurements

Roddy’s official measurements from the NBA Draft Combine: 6-foot-6 in shoes, 6-foot-11 1/2 wingspan, 8-foot-9 standing reach, 260.8 pounds and 11.6 percent body fat.

Overall fit with Cavs

Roddy is a great ballhandler and can be crafty as an offensive player. The fit could be interesting for the Cavs, as Roddy is officially listed as a forward. But his size is intriguing, as well as how he can score inside and out. In college, he was efficient near the rim, as well as on the perimeter, shooting 43.8 percent from 3 and averaging 3.4 attempts per game. He is a three-level scorer and a high-level rebounder. Roddy’s shooting, pick-and-roll play and finishing at the rim are effective enough that the Cavs could find a role for him.

(Photo of Jalen Williams: Kamil Krzaczynski / NBAE via Getty Images)

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