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Cleveland Cavaliers pick Dylan Windler with No. 26 pick in 2019 NBA Draft

With the No. 26 pick in the 2019 NBA Draft, the Cleveland Cavaliers drafted Belmont forward Dylan Windler.
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Belmont guard Dylan Windler (3) drives to the basket while being defended by Maryland guard Darryl Morsell (11) during the second half of the first round men's college basketball game in the NCAA Tournament, in Jacksonville, Fla. Thursday, March 21, 2019. (AP Photo/Stephen B. Morton)

The Cleveland Cavaliers need shooting.

With the No. 26 pick in the 2019 NBA Draft, they added just that.

Twenty-one picks after drafting Darius Garland at No. 5, the Cavs made their second selection of the first round, drafting Belmont forward Dylan Windler. Measuring in at 6-foot-8 and 200 pounds, Windler is a 2-time first-team All-Ohio Valley Conference selection who averaged 40.6 percent from 3-point range over the course of his four-year college career.

In 33 games as a senior, the Indianapolis native averaged 21.3 points and 10.8 rebounds per game, as well as 42.9 percent from 3-point range.

"One of the nation's more efficient high scorers, he was a career 67 percent shooter on 2s and 41 percent shooter on 3s, though those numbers declined substantially against top competition," ESPN's Jonathan Givony wrote of Windler in his scouting report.

In coming to Cleveland, Windler joins a Cavs roster that made 10.3 three-pointers on 35.6 percent shooting last season. Cleveland's roster, however, could look drastically in the year to come with several players entering the final seasons of their contract.

But when it comes to shooting from long distance, it appears the Cavs will be able to count on Windler, who was also named the 2018-19 Male Scholar Athlete of the Year last season. Although Cleveland's frontcourt is currently crowded with the likes of Kevin Love, Tristan Thompson and Larry Nance Jr., Windler possesses the versatility to play on the perimeter, which could open up the opportunity for playing time early in his rookie year.

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