We all know the Cleveland Cavaliers were bad since LeBron James left. In two seasons prior to leaving the Cavs LeBron led them to 127 wins. In the four seasons since he left they only won 97 games. The Cavs had their best season since Bron left but it was not good enough to make the playoffs as they won 33 games.
The standout for this team is Kyrie Irving. He made another All-Star team and even won the MVP of the game. He had a bunch of highlights but he was never the leader of the team. He led them in scoring, assists and steals but none of that matter because they were losing.
The Cavs were trying to compete and make the playoffs this past season. They gave Andrew Bynum a chance but he didn’t pan out. They eventually traded for Loul Deng but even he couldn’t save that locker room. Number one pick of 2013 Anthony Bennett got off to a poor start because of health issues and injuries. He played better towards the end of the year but critics were already calling him a bust.
Somehow the Cavs won the 2014 draft lottery and they selected Andrew Wiggins. We already know that they traded him in the Kevin Love deal along with Anthony Bennett. I think both players will thrive in Minnesota. Bennett is a solid talent when he is healthy. Wiggins won’t have much pressure in Minnesota and he will have a great rookie season.
They had the biggest off-season by landing LeBron James and Kevin Love. LeBron will lead this team back to the playoffs and they will compete for the number 1 seed and a spot in the Eastern Conference Finals. It will be interesting to see how Kyrie Irving and Kevin Love play in big games late in the season since neither player has made the playoffs.
LeBron was able to recruit veterans Mike Miller, James Jones and Shawn Marion. After being one of the younger teams last year, the Cavs now have a veteran core. All three players have plenty of playoff experience and they have won championships. They will be a great help in the locker room.
David Blatt will be the new coach this year. He has won championships in the Israeli League including last year. He has also won various coach of the year awards and he led the Russian national team to a bronze medal during the 2012 London Olympics.
We have seen three stars come together before so we know it won’t be easy. They have a new coach and will go through growing pains. LeBron is a different type of player this time around and will be a better leader. We don’t know how this team will look when they finally get on the floor but expect to see LeBron playing off ball more.
I still see the Chicago Bulls as the favorite in the East because of their experience together. The Cavs will be there all season long and in the playoffs. In their first season together they will win 54-57 games.