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2022 NBA Mock Draft 4.0: Dust settles on an unpredictable class

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. New Zealand Breakers. Ousmane Dieng. 14. 156. . . player

I’m not too sure that the Cavaliers will want to pay the salary of another lottery pick, so this is yet another team that I could envision trading down in the draft. Regardless, though, if I’m in the Cavaliers' front office, I’m looking for the best wing player available.

If Cleveland ends up keeping this pick, they’ll have several potential candidates at this spot including Malaki Branham, Jalen Williams, Ochai Agbaji, E.J. Liddell, Dalen Terry, Kendall Brown, and many others. In this mock draft, I have them selecting the New Zealand Breakers’ Ousmane Dieng. 

Dieng's length at roughly 6’10” immediately strikes me as something highly desirable for a Cavaliers team that isn’t afraid to roll out some huge lineups. But perhaps even more importantly, he’s a very fluid athlete that runs the floor well, would provide the team with more playmaking next to Darius Garland, and plays solid defense with tons of upside to spare.

Cleveland’s most expendable young player at this point is likely Isaac Okoro, and if there’s any player at available at the 14th pick in this mock draft that I could see the Cavaliers enthusiastically replacing him with, it’s Dieng. If his outside shooting becomes more consistent, the Cavaliers could quickly become one of the most talented teams in the league relative to their size and in general.