As the 2013 Free Agency period has slowed to a crawl, with most major moves being made, Factory of Sadness is excited to compare the roster the Cavaliers have put together with last year’s playoff teams. There are still many moves that may be made prior to the start of the season and the possibility of injuries and information on how rookies are doing learning the NBA game. We will address many of these issues closer to the start of the season, during training camp. For now, especially for Cavalier fans, the excitement over the off-season and the hope of the future makes this a fun exercise. Each evaluation will have the same structure even as written by the different Cavalier writers here on FoS. All of these evaluations assume health of all players involved including Andrew Bynum and Anderson Varejao. While health concerns will be noted as appropriate, this is the off-season and best case scenarios are what we have to work with. For this piece we will assume a Cavalier starting lineup of Kyrie Irving, Dion Waiters, Earl Clark, Tristan Thompson and Andrew Bynum. All stats were taken from ESPN.com.
Off-season additions: Coach Mike Brown, 1st Round Picks Anthony Bennett and Sergey Karasev, Earl Clark, Jarrett Jack and Andrew Bynum
Off-season subtractions: Maureese Speights, Wayne Ellington, Shaun Livingston, Daniel Gibson, Luke Walton
Off-season additions: Coach Larry Drew, 1st Round Pick Giannis Antetokounmpo, OJ Mayo, Carlos Delfino, Zaza Pachulia, Luke Ridnour
Off-season subtractions: Mike Dunleavy, JJ Redick, Brandon Jennings, Monta Ellis, Samuel Dalembert, Drew Gooden