The Cleveland Cavaliers have had an off-season to remember. Not only to remember but one for the record books. Cavs fans, and NBA fans in general, will look back at this team’s off-season with even more wonder and awe then possibly any other.
The Cavs hired highly respected international coach David Blatt. The Cavs hit the Lottery to get the chance to draft Andrew Wiggins. They were able to convince Kyrie Irving to sign an extension keeping him with the team for at least the next 6 years. They then got a commitment from “The Guy,” LeBron James to come home and bring some pieces with him.
Since then the Cavs have signed Mike Miller and James Jones, gotten a commitment from Shawn Marion, and at midnight will trade for Kevin Love. Ray Allen, Chauncey Billups and others could also still be on their way. Talk about a roster re-made quickly.
All of those moves don’t guarantee anything. Instead the talent has to come together, Blatt has to learn the NBA game and the team must avoid injuries. Yet, given the talent, it is expected that the Cavs will compete for the NBA Title this year. Last year fans hoped for the playoffs, now they get to hope for much more.
ESPN, with their Summer Forecast series coming to an end, have ranked the Cavs 2nd on their list of NBA Title contenders. They sit just above the Oklahoma City Thunder, Los Angeles Clippers and the Chicago Bulls, who rank 3 through 5th respectively. Likely sitting at #1 are the defending champion San Antonio Spurs. High expectation for a team that has never played together and will have a high amount of adjustment.
Yet all together something for Cavs fans to be excited about. Following the Season of Huh is the Season of Excitement and Offense.
What do you think of the #2 spot on this list?