The 2014 NBA offseason was an interesting one. With the NBA Draft and free agency this year, the 2014 offseason was probably the biggest since 2010 when Lebron James, Dwayne Wade and Chris Bosh came together in South Beach.
This year, the offseason drama didn’t come from Miami. Instead, it came from Cleveland. It all started when they hired David Blatt to be the team’s new head coach on June 21, 2014. On June 26, the team drafted Andrew Wiggins number one in the NBA Draft. Then on July 12, Lebron James announced he was coming home as he signed a two-year deal with Cleveland. Recently, they made one of the biggest trades this offseason when they traded Andrew Wiggins, Anthony Bennett, and future draft picks for Minnesota Timberwolves forward, Kevin Love. The team also signed Mike Miller, James Jones and is trying to sign Ray Allen.
With all of these offseason acquisitions, there have been talks about how Cleveland is going to be the best team in the league this season and how they have a chance in winning the title. Well, it’s time to end this discussion.
Let’s start it off with the NBA’s new big three. Lebron James, Kyrie Irving and Kevin Love are arguably three of the top 25 players in the league today. But can they work together? It’s possible but it’s going to take a while. For starters, two out of the three players had been the lone star on their teams. Now they have to share the stardom with one another. Not only that, all three players average more than 20 points per game. This means they will need to learn how to distribute the ball with one another. This also means one of the three players points will go down this season and everyone knows Lebron points won’t be going down. Remember, when Lebron James, Chris Bosh, and Dwayne Wade came together they didn’t click right away. It took some time for the three of them to work together and the same thing should be said about this big three.
Cleveland’s new head coach, David Blatt, has a lot on his hands as a first-year head coach in the NBA. He has to coach some of the top players in the game today and everyone has expectations that they are going to be amazing right away. That’s a lot of pressure for a coach that has never coached in the NBA. He does have a good track record when it comes to his time as a coach in the Euroleague, but let’s face it the NBA is a different game compared to the Euroleague. The competition is tougher and it’s going to take some time for Blatt to get use to that.
Besides Lebron, Kyrie, and Kevin, who else does the Cavaliers have? They do have Dion Waiters, Mike Miller, Anderson Varejao, and Tristan Thompson, but that’s only six players. Six players don’t win a championship. It takes a whole team to win a championship. Besides those six players there is no one else that has the capability to help this team. Also remember players like Kevin Love, Kyrie Irving and Anderson Varejao are known to be injury prone players. If those players get hurt this season, what will the Cavaliers do then?
Don’t get it wrong Cleveland will be a solid team this season if everyone can stay healthy and find a way to work together, but to say they will be the first seed and go to the Finals is unlikely. Cleveland will at least be a third or fourth seed team. They have a lot of work that needs to be done into order for them to reach their full potential.
-Ryan McFadden, DeMatha Catholic High School
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