Cleveland Cavaliers Season Preview History
2012-13 CLEVELAND CAVALIERS SEASON PREVIEW:
The Cleveland Cavaliers have been steadily building the talent level of their roster over the past several years and made great strides during the 2011-12 season. Although the team finished with a 21-45 record and missed the playoffs, the Cavaliers have studied the approach of successful franchises like the Oklahoma City Thunder who have built their roster through the draft with top tier talent. With last year's first round pick, point guard Kyrie Irving, winning the NBA Rookie of the Year Award, the Cavaliers have a series of important pieces that could start to pay dividends in the coming season.
With this philosophy in mind, the Cavaliers didn't make any huge splashes on the free agent market, only signing C.J. Miles as a backup small forward and guard/forward Kelenna Azubuike, who could be a steal if he can stay healthy throughout the year. Once again, the Cavaliers made the majority of their moves through the draft, picking up Syracuse University shooting guard Dion Waiters with the fourth pick overall. The Cavs had an additional three picks left in the draft, but used them to trade up to the 17th pick to select center Tyler Zeller from North Carolina. Both of these players should see immediate playing time during the 2012-13 season and should be cornerstones of the roster for years to come.
With the duo of Dion Waiters and Kyrie Irving, the Cavaliers have arguably one of the best guard tandems in the league and boast a wealth of experienced depth behind them in Daniel Gibson and Donald Sloan. At small forward, the Cavs let go Antawn Jamison and brought in Alonzo Gee to replace him, who will team with Tristan Thompson at the power forward position, a player that the Cavs hope can take a huge step forward this year. Last but not least, while Tyler Zeller looks to be the center of the future, the job still belongs to starter Anderson Varejao, who has been a steady performer for the team over the past several years.
Over the past several years, the Cavaliers have followed a strict formula to improve their team and may finally have a solid core to truly build a contender. Ultimately, the team will be judged on its most recent slate of draft picks to see if they have to major pieces to build a playoff-ready team or whether the Cavs have to go back to the drawing board.
2012 Cleveland Cavaliers NBA Season Preview:
It’s a new day in Cleveland, and a new era that was brought in when the Cavs landed Kyrie Irving as the number one pick and also chose UT’s Tristian Thompson fourth in the last NBA Draft. With these budding stars, Cleveland has a roster full of solid veterans like last year’s leading scorer Antwan Jamison, Anderson Varejao and Baron Davis to guide them through the rough patches and make the Cavs one of the up and coming teams in the NBA!
2010-2011 Cleveland Cavaliers NBA Preview:
The Cleveland Cavaliers will look almost entirely different heading into next season. After another premature exit from the playoffs last year, LeBron James jumped ship to play in Miami, Shaquille O'Neal signed with the Boston Celtics, and ownership fired head coach Mike Brown. It will certainly be a rebuilding year for the Cavs, as they look to rebound after the devastating loss of James.
New coach Byron Scott is left with several viable scoring options. Veteran forward Antawn Jamison averaged 18.7 points per game last year, and will likely be turned to for the bulk of the scoring in the wake of LeBron's exit. Mo Williams is back to lead the offense but whether or not he is a strong leader without a dynamic player joining him remains to be seen. However, the biggest cause for hope in Cleveland is J.J. Hickson. The third-year man out of North Carolina State has the potential to play a big role in the Cavalier's offense.
Defense may be a big question mark as well. Center Anderson Varejao is a solid defender, but is definitely not one of the top big men in the NBA. The lack of an established center may make the Cavaliers an easy target for other teams and result in a disappointing season in Cleveland.
2009-2010 Cleveland Cavaliers NBA Preview:
The 2009-2010 season is a big year for the Cleveland Cavaliers. The rumor the Cavs can't shake is that their star LeBron James is going to bolt for a new team in a bigger market, so winning now is important to Cleveland. Winning should not be a problem, it's getting to and winning the NBA Finals that is the goal of everyone in a Cavaliers jersey. James is the big star, but he is supported by new acquisition Shaquille O'Neal and Cavs standouts Mo Williams and Daniel Gibson. Watch out for the Cleveland Cavaliers because this really looks like their year to hang an NBA Championship banner.
2008-2009 Cleveland Cavaliers NBA Preview:
The Cleveland Cavaliers are one of the most exciting, young teams in the NBA. Led by arguably the best basketball player in the world, Lebron James, the Cavs are a team capable of winning any game. Fans fill the stands every night, both at home (Quicken Loans Arena) and on the road, to see Lebron's magnificient talent in-person. A Cavs game is more than just a basketball game, it resembles a travelling circus; the likes of which the NBA has not seen since Michael Jordan retired.