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What to Expect from the 2014-2015 Cavs

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Kyrie-LeBron-Love-Cavs-PhotoshopWhat should we expect in the first year with this revamped roster in the 2014-2015 season? With the main additions this year of Kevin Love and Lebron James, the Cleveland Cavaliers will go from having one of the worst records in the NBA, to an elite team in just one offseason. The “Lebron Effect” took place immediately after he decided to come home, and that is getting his trusted, veteran shooters to follow him and chase what every NBA player is after, championships.  

But, even with this loaded roster, things will not come easy for them.  With all of this new attention, comes added pressure and a permanent target on their back.  As we saw this past season with the Spurs, championship teams don’t always get built overnight.  Players need time to know how to play with each other. Coaches need time to learn how to put players in positions where they can be successful.  But most importantly, this team needs to buy in to trust and respect one another in order to reach the pinnacle of every NBA players dreams.  

This first year will be filled with many ESPN Top 10 plays, and we will see a lot of exciting flashes of what this team could be when everything is clicking.  We will also see flashes of what seasoned veteran teams can do when they have been together for years and everyone buys in and knows their role. The key will be to take a step forward each game, win or lose.  

My prediction for this year is that the Cavaliers will win between 50-55 regular season games which will put the at #2 in the Eastern Conference just behind the Chicago Bulls.  I also, unfortunately, see them losing to the Bulls in the Eastern Conference Finals from of the lack of depth down low and not being able to keep Noah, Gasol, and Gibson off the boards. 

The good thing is, the core of Lebron, Kyrie, Love will be together for a minimum of 5 years after Love signs his extension in the offseason.  This will give the players, coaches, GM, and owner plenty of time to figure out what works and what does not.  The city of Cleveland has been waiting for this type of excitement for a long time, and it won’t be long until we will be holding championship parades in downtown Cleveland.

Credit all authors of images used in both article and as cover image : Caleb Boone

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    Kaan Gencer

    September 29, 2014 at 4:42 pm

    Nice article, I would have to point out that we do have Brendan Haywood’s expiring contract and the 5.3 million dollar trade exception from the Keith Bogans acquisition/trade to Philly. What does that equate to? A big man come the trade deadline. Some team that is out of the hunt will want to dump some salary and the Cavs will be ready an waiting to pick up the missing Big Man that will take them to the NBA finals.

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    Caleb Boone

    September 29, 2014 at 5:12 pm

    That is definitely possible. I’m curious as to how much “small ball” they play this year. By small ball, I mean with LBJ at the 4 with Love at 5. I do think they could hold their own and that would put 5 very good shooters on the court at the same time. If they do this, they might not need another big to get to the finals this year. But as you pointed out, when the trade deadline comes, a lot of teams are looking to get rid of expiring contracts and it will be interesting to see if the Cavs are buyers and if other teams are willing to help them out by giving them potentially the missing piece! I can’t wait for the start of the season to see how this team gels, and we’ll have a much better idea of what, if any, holes there are in this team.

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    Kaan Gencer

    September 29, 2014 at 7:25 pm

    I honestly think the key to success for this season is going to be the play of Waiters. If he plays to the best of his abilities ( which he better be able to with this much talent supporting him) I see him winning most improved player, getting all-star votes and average 20 pts a game. This team could honestly have 4 players average 20 points a game this season. I don’t know if that’s ever been done before. On this team it not just possible, but likely to happen.

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    Caleb Boone

    September 29, 2014 at 9:39 pm

    Thats a lot to have happen. I too think Waiters has all the tools to be in the most improved player discussion for this year, but averaging 20 ppt I just don’t see happening. I could definitely see the big 3 getting 20 pts but even that will be tough. Those 3 require so many shots each game that I don’t see Waiters getting enough plays to get to 20. Unless he gets a ton of fast-break points and shoots about 45% from 3, it will be very unlikely. I think Lebron will be at about 25-27 ppg, Kyrie will be around 21-23 ppt, and Love will be at 23-24. Even that I’m not sure has been done. As I’m typing this, that seem pretty generous for them combined. If you look at the heat the year before lebron came to his first year, D-Wade went from 26.2-25.5 ppg, Chris Bosh went from 24 ppg to 18.7 ppg. Lebron went from 29.7 ppg to 26.7 ppg. That being said, I do feel like Kevin Love is and will be a better fit with Lebron and he is also a better shooter and better down low than Bosh ever was. Kyrie averaged 20.8 ppg this past year. Maybe he will be closer to 18-20 ppg this year but his assists will go from 6-8. All I know that if 4 players average over 20 ppg each, that they would win many games on just their points alone. I’m sure their may be some games where they all might get that, but to average it over an 82 game season would seem to be very unlikely. BUT, this is the NBA and anything can happen!

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      Berk Gencer

      October 1, 2014 at 2:10 am

      I dont see Dion averaging 20 points a game because he will be the 4th scoring option on the team. I do think the Cavs will be the #1 seed going into the playoffs and emerge the winners of the East. Caleb, I thought your article was pretty good, but with Lebron, Varejao and Love on the team your thought that Noah, Gibson and Gasol out rebounding the Cavs will equal a series win for the Bulls doesn’t add up. If anything it will be Thibodeau some how coming up with a good enough defensive scheme to stop them…..which I don’t think is happening either. The only thing the Bulls can hope for is the Rose some how has a miraculous return to form.

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    Chris Colvin

    November 17, 2014 at 7:48 pm

    Caleb i really like the article! I love how you really address their lack of size hurting their chances at a title. The Bulls have one of the only front courts in the east (wizards, pistons, and raptors) that will be able to prepare the whoever comes out of the east for the dominant western conference. All of the 8 seeds coming out of the west have superior post presence’s than 4-5 of the top 8 eastern conference teams. The other problem i see with the cavs is their bench is inconsistent outside of 2 guys. I also believe that with how the season is going right now the top 3 will look like this in the east. 1. Bulls- they easily have the most depth on defense not to mention the best overall frontcourt in the NBA. Their problem comes from their 3 position as Dunleavy and Mcdermott are not exactly great defensive stoppers, and their are a lot of great 3’s in the league. 2. Raptors- what can you not like about this raptors team. they are fun to watch! They’re young, athletic, and have some pretty decent post presence with Valanciunas, Peterson and Amir Johnson. Worried about the lack of playoff experience to help them go far in the playoffs 3. Cavs- the offseason pickups of this offseason in terms of getting veterans to help mentor their youth with their playoff experience will be a huge factor why you might see them in the ECF with the bulls. Marion and Miller are great role models that will help lebron control that locker room and make sure that everything will be in the best interests of the team after recent struggles.

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