TEAM PREVIEW: CLEVELAND CAVALIERS
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2011-2012 Record: 21-45
Head Coach: Byron Scott
Key Additions: Dion Waiters, CJ Miles, Tyler Zeller, Micheal Eric, Jeremy Pargo, Jon Leuer
Key Losses: Antawn Jamison, Anthony Parker, Manny Harris, Semih Erden, DJ Kennedy
Projected Two Deeps:
PG- Kyrie Irving / Daniel Gibson
SG- CJ Miles / Dion Waiters
SF- Alonzo Gee / Kelenna Azubuike
PF- Tristan Thompson / Samardo Samuels
C- Anderson Varejao / Tyler Zeller
Kyrie Irving (20.6 ppg, 6.2 apg, 3.2 rpg, 1.4 spg)
Dion Waiters (13.7 ppg, 4.2 rpg, 1.4 apg, 38% FG)
Tristan Thompson (12.8 ppg, 7.2 rpg, 1.1 bpg, 49% FG)
CJ Miles (12.2 ppg, 3.9 rpg, 1.4 apg, 34% 3PT)
Alonzo Gee (10.6 ppg, 4.8 rpg, 1.3 apg, 41% FG)
Daniel Gibson (10.2 ppg, 3.2 apg, 2.1 rpg, 42% FG)
Anderson Varejao (9.9 ppg, 11.0 rpg, 1.6 bpg, 53% FG)
Samardo Samuels (6.6 ppg, 4.2 rpg, 0.9 apg, 44% FG)
Tyler Zeller (5.8 ppg, 3.7 rpg, 0.5 bpg, 19.2 mpg)
Jeremy Pargo (4.7 ppg, 2.7 apg, 1.2 rpg, 0.5 spg)
Jon Leuer (4.2 ppg, 2.2 rpg, 0.7 apg, 32% 3PT)
Donald Sloan (3.3 ppg, 1.5 apg, 1.2 rpg, 35% FG)
Kelenna Azubuike (3.1 ppg, 1.3 rpg, 0.2 apg, 36% FG)
Kevin Jones (2.5 ppg, 1.5 rpg, 0.4 apg, 8.9 mpg)
Luke Harangody (1.9 ppg, 1.4 rpg, 0.2 apg, 0.1 spg)
Micheal Eric (1.2 ppg, 0.9 rpg, 0.2 bpg, 40% FG)
Cavaliers' Strengths: Kyrie Irving, Frontcourt Depth, Coaching, Youth, Athleticism, Center Quality
Cavaliers' Weaknesses: Established Wing Starters, Wing Depth, 2nd Option, Shooting Efficiency, Bench Talent, Veteran Presence, Playoff Experience
Roundup: Cleveland has a full-on budding star and potential all-star this year in point guard Kyrie Irving. After that, the pickings get slim. They added Dion Waiters in the draft with the 4th pick and I believe he’ll be able to provide them with a spark off the bench. Their starting wings leave a lot to be desired with inconsistent shooter CJ Miles taking over the starting shooting guard spot and former d-league stud Alonzo Gee starting at small forward. Miles and Gee will be two of the weakest starting wings in the entire league this season which will inevitably put more pressure on Irving. Cleveland has some nice frontcourt pieces with veteran Anderson Varejao and young bigs Tristan Thompson, Tyler Zeller, and underrated Samardo Samuels. This group will play hard, that’s for sure, but talent-wise, they are still an offensive presence away from being really good. Byron Scott has a star to work around in Irving but other than that, he has a bunch of role players. They lost Antawn Jamison to the Lakers so expect Thompson to step up more offensively. Other than that, this team didn’t get a whole lot better and they should be back in the lottery again for 2013.
Projected Record: 30-52 (13th in East)
Alonzo Gee averaged 10.6, 5.1 and 1.8 having started less than half the games last season, why do you project him to regress in pretty much every category?
Byron Scott will play Waiters and Miles a lot together thusly limiting Gee's playing time
I'm not sure your stats on Waiters are going to be accurate. The amount of touches on the ball this kid is going to get, the Cavaliers need offense and he is it. I'm honestly expecting an easy 16 ppg type of year for Waiters considering the upgrade in minutes. Also expect atleast 4 APG for him, he's got great handles.
We're all entitled to our opinions, of course, but I personally think his predictions for Waiters were very optimistic.
You think Waiters will get 16 a game? as a rookie? off the bench? i thought that I had been generous...
Their undersized is a real problem at the three and four
am i the only one that think they will be right there with the bobcats at the end of the year?
and btw if you're a cavs fan dont neg me because im going aganst your team , im just asking a question.
I don't DJ Kennedy think should count given he only played 2 games averaging 6 points when everbody's messing around sat.
lets talk more about zeller, i'm much more interested to him than waiters,
a 7'0" center, he has shown some post moves and he runs the floor, he isn't afraid to bang in the rim,a good post defender but needs to bulk up a little to withstand howard, should be with good combo with kyrie, and with Varejao nearing his contract, although i see Verejao Being traded this season,
Zeller reminds me of the Argentine PF luis Scola, an under the rim player, not flashy but gets the buckets in, although Zeller plays defense better than scola
This is one of.your better previews thus far and the only things I disagree with is Tyler Zeller will have considerably better numbers considering he's a polished 4 year athletic 7 footer who hustles and has a soft touch. Plus Andy is injury prone and on the trading block so I expect Zeller to get nearly 25 mpg by years end and put up numbers closer to 10 N 7. Zellers game should translate very similar to a guy like Marcin Gortat run the floor, cleanup misses and hit pick and pop shots.
Also I like your numbers for Waiters except he should shoot over 40% as he's a beter shooter then people realize and he also had the.highest assists to turnover ratio of any SG in the.draft. He's a good passer in transition and out of the pick and roll. Waiters should average atleast 3 apg this year.
Zeller is solid, but will get thrust into action ahead of schedule and probably will take his lumps... should be quite good in his sophomore season however