From here to the lottery
?Movin' on down. The fire sale that sent point guard Mark Price to the Washington Bullets for a No. 1 draft choice, and forward-center John (Hot Rod) Williams to the Phoenix Suns for shooting guard Dan Majerle almost certainly dooms coach Mike Fratello's Cavs to the lottery.
?The big hurt. Going into the season, center Brad Daugherty had not played in 111 consecutive games after a pair of herniated disks sent him to the sidelines in February 1994. He is not expected to return to action until midseason, if ever.
?Most intriguing newcomers (tie). After three frustrating years with the Miami Heat, guard Harold Miner hopes to turn around his career with the Cavs. And Majerle hopes to regain his lost thunder.
?All-Rookie quote. "I consider myself to be sort of like a Clyde Drexler," says first-round draft choice Bob Sura. "A guy who is a great rebounding guard, who is able to start the fast break and finish up at the other end. And also a great post-up guard."
?Outlook. Cleveland might as well be an expansion team, considering the rebuilding job in front of it.
Is small beautiful?
?The gamble. First-year expansion franchise Toronto alienated a lot of its fans by using its first draft pick to take diminutive southpaw point guard Damon Stoudamire of Arizona, who's generously listed at 5'10". The choice was greeted with a loud chorus of boos in the SkyDome, site of the draft. "They weren't aware of him, that's all," says Raptor general manager Isiah Thomas, who made Stoudamire the cornerstone of his franchise. Stoudamire may be short, but in the preseason he flashed some tall talent, averaging 16.9 points and. 7.4 assists.
? Best candidates for the Expansion Hall of Fame. Forward Willie Anderson, guard Alvin Robertson and forward Carlos Rogers. Anderson could be Toronto's first All-Star, Robertson provides leadership and intensity, and Rogers figures to improve his numbers from last season with the Golden State Warriors (8.9 points and 5.7 rebounds per game).
?Outlook. It will be a while before rookie coach Brendan Malone's Raptors are scary enough to turn the SkyDome into Jurassic Park. Their only realistic goal is to beat out Cleveland for seventh place.