Cleveland Cavaliers: 3 biggest early-season surprises of 2019-2020

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The three biggest surprises from a Cleveland Cavaliers team that is suddenly interesting to watch behind new coach John Beilein.

As the Cleveland Cavaliers play through November, one thing’s become clear: The Wine & Gold are exciting to watch and have already surprised their fair share of fans this season.

Cleveland came within an eyelash of outlasting the Philadelphia 76ers on their home court the other night, and that’s a team that’s supposed to be favored to win the East. Basketball experts are also taking notice, as the Cavs are 4-6.

The Cavs are getting strong veteran performances from Tristan Thompson and Kevin Love, but it’s the talent the organization has stockpiled through the draft that really makes this club interesting.

You just never know what you’er going to get in the draft, especially when you have three first-round picks.

A high pick like Darius Garland is expected to play, but when you get late into the round, you’re taking a real gamble, which is why Kevin Porter Jr. So far, you’ve got to like the results.

After not scoring in his NBA debut, Porter seems to have a moment on a nightly basis that makes you thankful Cavs’ GM Koby Altman sought him out at the end of the first round.  Isn’t all rainbow colored basketballs, though. Porter’s shooting a dismal 17 percent from beyond the arc, but Beilein is giving him a chance, as he regularly plays around 20 minutes per game.

As for Garland, he’s still finding his way, just as Sexton had to do a season ago. He’s averaging just 8.6 points per game while sooting 33 percent from the field and 25 percent from downtown.

There’s obvious room for improvement and it will come. Garland is just 19. He played in five college games last season. There are moments when he drives to the basket or throws an alley-oop to Tristan Thompson that leave you wanting more.

As the newbies find their way, here’s a look at the three biggest ways the Cavaliers have surprised their fans early in the 2019-2020 season.

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