UPDATE: Harper was traded to the Orlando Magic for two second-round picks in 2013 and 2014.
With the 32nd pick in the 2011 NBA draft the Cleveland Cavaliers selected Justin Harper, a 6’9 senior power forward out of the University of Richmond.
By: Jeff Beck
Harper led the Spiders in points (17.9), rebounds (6.9) and three point percentage (.448) per game. He was also second on the team with 1.2 blocks per game.
The Cavs need offense, and Harper is a player who can contribute with his shooting ability right away. His penchant for scoring coupled with his high basketball IQ (1.5 turnovers and 2.2 fouls in almost 32 minutes per game) make him a solid pickup for the Cavs.
The knock on Harper has been his defense, as many believe he will have trouble guarding big men in the NBA. However it’s clear the Cavs felt the skills Harper brings to the table on offense outweigh the risks on D.
Where he fits in the rotation:
J.J. Hickson is a valuable trading chip for the Cavs. If they move him, as many believe they will, Harper could step in to fill the void.