NEWARK, New Jersey (Reuters) – The Cleveland Cavaliers selected in the traditional “draft” of NBA on Thursday, the young leader Kyrie Irving, a player around whom the team hopes to rebuild after a failed season.
Having finished last in the standings, the franchise was in Ohio, as is the selection system, the first choice on a list of sixty players, Irving was announced as one of the most promising.
Kyrie Irving has scored an average of 17.5 points, 3.4 rebounds and made 4.3 assists in a season cut short by a university foot injury.
Since 2003 this is the first time that the Cavaliers enjoyed the first choice. They then selected LeBron James, the future best player in double (MVP) of the season which starts for the Miami Heat has precipitated the fall of Cleveland last year.
The following five options have been focused on foreign players, which also appear in the “draft”. Utah Jazz (3) selected winger Enes Kanter of Turkey, the Cavaliers (No. 4) have hired Canadian winger Tristan Thompson.
The Toronto Raptors, already one of the most cosmopolitan teams in the NBA, chose the Lithuanian Jonas Valanciunas Washington Wizards and the Czech Republic’s Jan Vesely.
When the Charlotte Bobcats, who traded a player with the Sacramento Kings for the seventh choice, they recruited the Congolese Bismack Biyombo.