NBA Panel Preview: Cleveland Cavaliers
The Cleveland Cavaliers have been one of the biggest roller coaster teams over the past decade.
They lost LeBron to Miami in free agency. They drafted Kyrie Irving. They got LeBron to come back and bring Kevin Love with. They won a championship. LeBron and Kyrie left. So what is next for the Cavaliers?
For a little insight into what to look for and expect, we talked with our Cavaliers expert, Ryan Kromer.
Where do you see the team finishing in terms of record?
Malachi: The Cavaliers have unfortunately gone back to being an afterthought. Kevin Love has become a former shell of what he was originally brought to Cleveland for. This year’s team has a potentially bright future, but this year I don’t expect them to win more than 20 games.
Ryan: 20 to 25 wins. They have no chance at the playoffs.
What was the best move you team made this offseason?
Malachi: There is really only one option here: Drafting Darius Garland. Garland has extremely high potential. If Sexton turns into a solid guard, there is a chance that this guard combo becomes one of the best in the league down the road.
Ryan: Drafting Garland. He’s an actual building block. He has tons of talent and fits today’s NBA.
Who are two players that people should be on the lookout for that may otherwise be overlooked?
Malachi: I think Collin Sexton will be a bigger contributor in his second year. He quietly averaged almost 17 points last year, but only had three assists per game. I expect both of those numbers to improve this season and for a little more talk to surround Sexton.
My second player is Kevin Love. Love had one of the bigger falls from glory that any player has had in recent memory. The lookout here may not be in Cleveland though. I wouldn’t be surprised if Love finds himself on a different team before the trade deadline.
Ryan: Garland should be getting more ROTY buzz. Love is still a really good player, either on this team or traded to a contender. Last year’s injuries shouldn’t happen again.
On a scale of 1-10, 1 being bad, 10 being amazing, what is the excitement level around this team?
Malachi: 4- I think that as the young guard combo of Sexton and Garland develop, the excitement level will rise. However, with this team not really seeming to be in contention for playoffs, I would put it at a 4.
Ryan: 6- After a championship and the LeBron hangover being gone, a rebuild actually sounds fun. There will be lots of losing, but right now, watching these guys develop could be very enjoyable.
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