Wednesday, October 20, 2010

NBA 30-Team Preview #17: Cleveland Cavaliers

How the mighty have fallen...


C - Anderson Varejao, Ryan Hollins
PF - Antawn Jamison, JJ Hickson, Leon Powe
SF - Jamario Moon, Joey Graham, Jawad Williams
SG - Anthony Parker, Daniel Gibson, Christian Eyenga
PG - Mo Williams, Ramon Sessions


Hmmm... void of talent? That's an understatement... unlike the Raptors before them, there is some veteran "star" power... I use that term loosely, but guys like Jamison and Mo Williams have been primary offensive options in the past... and Varejao is known league-wide as an underrated defender/rebounder who's value is pretty high... that's pretty much it? JJ Hickson is a nice player.. but he and Jamison play the same position, and really Varejao is a 4 masquerading at the 5 for need purpose... and the wings are... uninspiring... Parker and Moon return, but they did nothing to help them, and without Lebron there... (there it is) I don't know how they score... Sessions was a bit of a steal, but can he play alongside Mo without getting blasted on D? This could be bad...

When I look at the roster for this team I'm not as put off as I should be...Having Mo and Jamison actually gives them options for shots to go towards... Neither I would want to be the 1st or 2nd option but're "better" than Toronto!..People are high on Hickson but I still think he's a year away from being consistent..the wings on this team are really bad..this team to me is painfully inefficient offensively but average defensively

With you on all of the above... the have some nice defensive pieces... but when their best 2 players (mo and Jamison) are their worst defenders? That's not always the best sign... I've heard good things about Eyenga, the former late 1st-round flier pick, but he's kind of buried, and Parker and Moon will never be better than average (in fact average would be the absolute pinnacle)... They won't be... non-competitively awful... but there's just absolutely nothing to get excited about here... hey... they have the same sort of trade exception as Toronto!... ::silence::.... Okay then... Prediction: 14th in the East

I didn't think about those two being the weak links but they aren't doormats..I think they could be competitive as a whole too but against top teams they really have to be hitting on all cylinders and I don't think they have the firepower to do that...again with the trade exceptions! Lol.. Prediction: 14th in East

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