The Cleveland Cavaliers have some needs heading into the 2023 NBA offseason.
The Cleveland Cavaliers are still recovering from the beatdown the New York Knicks gave them in the 2023 NBA Playoffs. It was a disaster of a series, one that highlighted the issues the team had all season long. Those issues aren’t at all surprising either. The Cavaliers have too many one-dimensional players on the roster.
Yes, Dean Wade is a fantastic defender, but he’s not a good enough scorer, or rebounder, to actually give Jarrett Allen and Evan Mobley significant rest without the team compromising itself significantly on offense.
Isaac Okoro is another one of these types. He’s a great defender, and while he’s worked on his shot over the last few years, he’s not good enough on defense to justify his paltry offensive output. Then there’s Lamar Stevens, who is very much like Wade and Okoro.
He’s a high-energy guy, with solid defensive skills, but he lacks any real offense outside of cutting to the basket or running in transition. The Cavs need more versatility out of their players. They need more complete basketball players.
Guys like Wade and Stevens are great as 12th and 13th options off the bench but they shouldn’t be getting the minutes that they are. This is where, once again, the loss of Kevin Love is felt. While he struggled to score, his versatility made him one of the more important players on the team.
Without him, the Cavs lost a huge player and now need to find a way to not only replace what Love did for the Cavs off the bench but also upgrade several other key positions.