Having already added Andrew Wiggins to the fold with the No. 1 pick, the Cleveland Cavaliers selected Joe Harris, the sharp-shooting swingman out of Virginia with their first pick in the second round (No. 33 overall).
Harris, who had a first-round grade by ESPN.com’s Jay Bilas, is a 6-foot-6-inch efficient scorer with a quick release and excellent range. On the defensive end, he’s a solid defender despite lacking top end athleticism and sizable wingspan. Had he come out last season (instead of returning for his senior season), Harris would have been a lock to be selected within the first 30 picks.
Harris ended his collegiate career at the University of Virginia by leading the team to an ACC regular season title and conference title while earning a No. 1 seed in the NCAA tournament. His biggest asset is undeniably his shooting. At the combine, he made 16 of 25 NBA spot up three-pointers. He complemented this by shooting 40% on three pointers in his senior season—his third collegiate season shooting at least 40% from long distance—while posting an overall effective field goal percentage of 54.7%.
Given Cavaliers’ general manager David Griffin’s desire to increase spacing and add solid shooting, Harris’ selection makes sense. He will likely compete with the bevy of shooting guards on the Cleveland roster, including last year’s selections of Sergey Karasev and Carrick Felix.