As if we needed yet another reminder on just how good LeBron James actually is at basketball, the Cleveland Cavaliers said you know what? Here guys let us show you! After going 40-108 over the past two seasons they sure did a good job of that. It’s insane to think that Lebron led guys like Daniel (Boobie) Gibson, Joe Smith, Anderson Varejao, and Zydrunas Ilgauskas to 66 wins 2 years ago!!, but that is a discussion we will have at a later date. Lets talk about those Cavs for a minute shall we? After drafting rookie sensation Kyrie Irving from Duke University in last year’s draft, majority owner Dan Gilbert thought that he had solved all of his team’s problems that surfaced since the departure of LBJ, as it turns out, he would badly misconstrue the situation. The Cavs finished 21-45 last season under Head Coach Byron Scott, but it was certainly not his coaching that led to the team’s failures. No, instead it was the blatant lack of talent that this team possessed, but what do you want from them? When the greatest player on the planet decides to take his talents to South Beach clearly your franchise is going to struggle. Normally people would feel bad for a franchise like the Cavaliers, but not when their owner’s name is Dan Gilbert. A few hours after King James made his controversial “Decision” Gilbert wrote a letter to the city of Cleveland guaranteeing them that the Cavs would win an NBA Championship before the Miami Heat do. Now, excuse me for a minute while I LOL. To quote my favorite Wrestler The Miz, Really Dan? Really? Let me ask you, Hows that workin out? Oh im sorry, it’s not is it? LeBron won his first championship this year while your team struggled to get to 20 wins. So maybe you should think before making any more guarantees!
Season Outlook: I’m not going to lie, Kyrie Irving is an absolute beast that took the league by storm in his rookie year averaging close to 19 points per contest. The sky is the limit for this kid, his jump shot is a smooth as butter, and he can get to the rim like its nobody’s business. Not to mention he is a phenomenal free-throw shooter. He will win a few scoring titles before his career is over. Now, even though basketball is a game where one person can make a huge impact, you still need a TEAM to win a championship. Sadly the Cavs roster outside of Irving is noting to be desired. They drafted undersized combo guard Dion Waiters from Syracuse with the 4th overall pick in this years draft, which many thought was way to high being that he was projected to go at the end of the 1st round. Waiters could make a solid pro, he has a nice jump shot to go along with NBA range. He could also create turnovers if opposing ball-handlers get sloppy with the ball, but other than that I’m not really sold on him. We will have to wait and see how it plays out for sure. The Cavs weren’t done there however, shortly after selecting Waiters they acquired the rights to true 7 footer Tyler Zeller in a trade with the Dallas Mavericks. Zeller a North Carolina product could become a solid NBA center if he figures it out. There’s really nothing flashy about him, but he is efficient and runs the floor very well for someone his size. Cleveland then went to free agency in a further attempt to improve their team, they signed swing man C.J Miles who spent the past few seasons with the Utah Jazz. Miles is a pretty good shooter and when he gets hot he could drop 20 on a given night. Having said that his defense needs a lot of work, despite being 6-6 Miles has never shown that defensive prowess that someone his size should show. Cleveland also has forward Tristan Thompson whom they drafted last year shortly after selecting Irving. At 6 foot 9 he has solid size and could eventually be a decent PF in the NBA.
Prediction: It’s no secret here that the Cavs roster is hurtin, besides Kyrie Irving everyone else on the team is a giant question mark on what they’re going to give you. I have Cleveland going 24-58 this season which would put them at the bottom of the Eastern Conference. There’s just nothing on this team that makes you think they have any chance of competing for a playoff spot, but hey, that’s why they play the games I guess right?
Fantasy Spin: I would strongly recommend staying away from drafting any Cavalier not named Kyrie Irving. He is the lone bright spot for a team that will finish in the cellar in the Eastern Conference this year. His upside is tremendous at 20 years old. Taking him at the end of the first round certainly wouldn’t be a mistake in my opinion.
Strong Buys: Kyrie Irving (Get Him)
Solid Buys: NONE
Fliers: Dion Waiters, C.J Miles
Cat Stuffers: Anderson Varejao ( Rebounds)