Cleveland Cavaliers Season Expectations
WIth a better Kyrie Irving and a healthy Andrew Bynum, what are your thoughts on the Cavs upcoming season? I feel if they stay fit, they will make a surprise appearance in the NBA playoffs, my reasoning here:
Let me know what you think
I think they're getting a lot of hype and they will disappoint many people this season due to injuries. I know I'm in the minority but people are riding them the same way they were the T-Wolves last year and until I see it I'm not counting on Bynum to stay healthy.
Bynum and Varejao aside, I'm not too worried about injuries. The Cavs were trying to be sneaky (as sneaky as you can be) about their tanking the past couple seasons. After they lost Varejao for the season it was clear they were no longer in the running for any kind of post season appearance. Towards the end of the season someone was out every game, and Dion missed a few games with a phantom knee injury that has since disappeared. I'm sure they were milking injuries for all that they were worth. Beyond that, the Cavs have some good depth now instead of D-League call-ups.
If I had to bet 5 dollars if Bynum were to play at least 60 games I won't put my money it. But if Bynum is healthy even if he is not the same player he was with the Lakers, he still would make a bigger impact than they had last season. Anderson Varejao is coming back as well and they were in playoff contention before he got the tragic injury. And you also got to factor that this is the Eastern Conference so making the playoffs isnt as hard as making the West.
If I had to bet 5 dollars if Bynum were to play at least 60 games I won't put my money on it. But if Bynum is healthy even if he is not the same player he was with the Lakers, he still would make a bigger impact than they had last season. Anderson Varejao is coming back as well and they were in playoff contention before he got the tragic injury. And you also got to factor that this is the Eastern Conference so making the playoffs isnt as hard as making the West.
sorry for the double post
I think the Cavs are a playoff team. The health of Bynum is the biggest question mark as you guys have alluded to. I think Anthony Bennet will be solid, but unspectacular. Verejao and Zeller are solid inside if Bynum can't come back healthy. Waiters should be much improved and with Kyrie running the show, I think the Cavs grab the 7th or 8th seed.
I think they can get 43 or so wins but I don't see them getting 50. They are right there with teams like the Wizards, Pistons, and Hawks for
those last few playoff spots.
I agree with you 100 percent, Kyrie Irving will be a top 5 point this season.
@MemphisMadness I see right around that record as well, in the East 43 wins can easily get you in the playoffs, I'm not too sold on the Hawks though.
What's with all this talk of "the Cavs making a run into the playoffs"???
I don't hate the Cavs or any player on the team, but NO I don't see them making the playoffs this season. Below are my reasons...
1. No defense at all !
2. No bench to speak of?
3. Bynum can't and won't play an entire season...the full 82 games, no way!
4. Too young
5. Really going to make a playoff run with players like Miles, Gee, Thompson, Ellington, Clark and three rookies ???
I can't predict if they'll be in the playoffs or not, because I believe that will solely be determined by their health. However, I will point out the many things wrong with your post.
1.) No Defense? Correct, last year they weren't good defensively. However, Mike Brown is the Head Coach now and he was brought in solely due to his defensive minded approach.
2.) The bench isn't as bad as you're claiming. If Kyrie-Waiters-Clark-Thompson-Bynum is the assumed starters, you have Jarrett Jack (who was one of the best 6th men in the league last year), Anderson Varejao (who was leading the league in rebounding before getting hurt), Bennett (who was a #1 pick), and CJ Miles / Gee to round off the backside of the bench. Doesn't sound too bad to me.
3.) Bynum may not stay healthy, no one can determine that for now. But if he is healthy for even half of the games he is definitely a big addition to this young team.
4.) List of why the 'too young' isn't necessarily the best argument.
a.) Kyrie Irving's 3rd season but has already made the All-Star team
b.) Earl Clark's 6th season
c.) CJ Miles 9th season
d.) Anderson Varejao's 10th season
e.) Jarrett Jack's 10th season
*** Perhaps they're not loaded with 15 year guys, but they definitely have some veteran leadership to mix in with their young core.
a.) CJ Miles made the playoffs with the Jazz before and even averaged 14.4 ppg in the playoffs in 2010.
b.) Gee may not be a great starter but as a bench SF he's not as bad as you're making him out to be.
c.) Tristan averaged 12 and 9 last year in his second season and you're acting like he's a horrid player. I absolutely think he can be a solid contributor for a playoff contender because he's not afraid to do the little things to win.
d.) Ellington isn't even on the team anymore.