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Articles I have written about the Cleveland Cavaliers, as a contributor for Fansided.com can be found here.
PROJECTING THE CAVS’ TOP 4 DEFENDERS IN THE 2022-23 SEASON
Looking ahead to this coming season, it is possible we see the Cavs take a leap to the 4th, or 3rd spot overall in general defense. Four players in particular stand out as the ones who will elevate Cleveland’s status as one of the best defensive teams in the league. As we look ahead to the 2022-23 season, the Cavs’ potential to be a top 3 defensive team rests on three young players and one veteran.
EXAMINING THE ROLE FOR CAVS POTENTIAL TRADE TARGET BUDDY HIELD
Throughout this piece we will examine how Buddy Hield as a potential trade target could fit in with this up-and-coming Cavaliers team.
EXAMINING ROLE FOR POTENTIAL CAVS TRADE TARGET CAM REDDISH
A young wing that could potentially fit the mold of head coach J.B. Bickerstaff’s system would be the Atlanta Hawks’ Cam Reddish. While Reddish might not be the number one option to trade for, he is certainly worth the consideration. Throughout this article we will examine Reddish’s potential role with the Cavs, if he were to find himself in The Land.
WHAT IF WEDNESDAYS: WHAT IF THE CAVS TRADED THE 8TH PICK IN 2018?
Throughout this article we will look at possible lineups for the Cavs if the front office decided to trade away that pick and forego drafting the likes of Collin Sexton, and potential outcomes from those lineups.
CAVS: PAYING HOMAGE WITH 2021-22 CITY EDITION JERSEYS
From the humble beginnings of the Cavs emerging as an expansion team in the league back in the 70s, to their meteoric rise as NBA champions in 2016, the 2021-22 City Edition jerseys and court illustrate the team’s journey throughout the ages.
Let’s take a closer look at these jerseys and the new court design as well, and discuss just how the Cavs are paying homage to their past.
CAVS: 3 BOLD PREDICTIONS FOR DARIUS GARLAND’S 2021-22 SEASON
Darius Garland is a player that many, both internally within the organization, as well as externally have looked to as a leader for this young Cleveland squad, it appears. Going into his third year, Darius Garland seems to be on track to improve his game in several aspects.
Along those lines, throughout this article, we will discuss three bold predictions for Garland’s upcoming season.
CAVS: EVALUATING THE FIT OF LAURI MARKKANEN WITH JARRETT ALLEN
Given that Allen and the Cavs agreed on that contract extension, it would be safe to assume Cleveland plans to have him around for the long haul. With Allen’s effectiveness when it comes to rebounding and defense, paired with Markkanen’s shooting and spacing capabilities, Cleveland could have a very intriguing frontcourt on their hands. This piece will examine and evaluate the fit between those two bigs, who should get their share of playing time together.
CAVS: EVALUATING THE FIT OF LAURI MARKKANEN WITH EVAN MOBLEY
Lauri Markkanen will be joining a young Cavaliers squad that’s hungry to reach the next phase of a rebuilding process. Among those young Cavs, is the newly drafted big man, Evan Mobley. Throughout this article we will examine and evaluate how Evan Mobley and Lauri Markkanen will fit together in Cleveland.
CAVS: 3 TAKEAWAYS FROM EVAN MOBLEY’S PLAY IN SUMMER LEAGUE
Cleveland Cavaliers basketball is back, kind of. The Cavaliers recently concluded their play in Las Vegas Summer League, going 2-3. Among those donning the Wine and Gold for this 2021 Summer League was the third overall pick, and newest Cav, Evan Mobley.
CLEVELAND CAVALIERS: 3 WAYS RICKY RUBIO CAN HELP DARIUS GARLAND
As Cleveland gears up for another year with their exciting young core, Darius Garland is poised to take on the role of the starting point guard once again. As an emerging leader on this Cleveland team, Garland needs to take that next step this upcoming season. Having Ricky Rubio in The Land will surely elevate Garland’s game in several ways. Taking that into consideration, we will examine three distinct ways that Rubio’s role on the Cavs can improve Garland’s play.
CAVS NBA DRAFT: WHO HAS HIGHEST CEILING AMONG JALEN GREEN, EVAN MOBLEY AND JALEN SUGGS?
Throughout this piece, we will discuss three players the Cavs could realistically take in the 2021 NBA Draft and determine which of the three has the best ceiling overall, and the best ceiling when they are plugged into a lineup with this young core in Cleveland.
CAVS: KEVIN LOVE COULD BENEFIT AS LEADER FROM OLYMPICS
Regarding his Team USA spot, Love’s time on this year’s Olympics squad will likely be as a role player off the bench, and that is exactly what he needs. Love is no stranger to the world stage, having represented the United States previously in 2012 where he won a gold medal with the team and in 2010, he won the gold with them in the FIBA World Championship.
CAVS DRAFT: EXAMINING CADE CUNNINGHAM’S POTENTIAL ROLE AS KEY SCORER, PLAYMAKER FOR CLE
In this article, we will examine how the Cavaliers could best utilize Cade Cunningham, and how his potential role in the lineup could affect the team moving forward.
HOW KEVIN LOVE IMPACTS DARIUS GARLAND
With these two key Cavaliers in mind, here, we’ll examine the duo of Love and Garland on the floor, and discuss just how the veteran big man can elevate the game of the young guard with him back in the fold.
GRADING THE CLEVELAND CAVALIERS GUARDS SO FAR THIS SEASON
The Cavs are getting younger, quicker, and tougher. Cleveland’s success rests on the team as a whole and the head coaching prowess of J.B. Bickerstaff; however, the Cavs would not be where they are without their guards play.
Here, we’ll discuss how each of the active Cavs guards have performed so far.
EXAMINING A LARRY NANCE JR & JARRETT ALLEN FRONTCOURT PAIRING
The Cleveland Cavaliers have a long-term keeper in recent trade acquisition in Jarrett Allen, and he looks to be a great fit in stretches with Larry Nance Jr. For the Cavaliers, the possibilities with Nance and Allen as a frontcourt pairing looking onward clearly stand out, which we’ll get into here.
CLEVELAND CAVALIERS: JARRETT ALLEN’S STRENGTHS AND WEAKNESSES
The Cleveland Cavaliers were involved in a historic four team trade with Brooklyn, Houston, and Indiana. James Harden wanting to be dealt out of Houston may have created the biggest super team in the league with the Nets, but the Cavaliers were inadvertently winners in this trade as well by acquiring their center for the future in Jarrett Allen.
This article will examine the strengths and weaknesses of Cleveland's future franchise center.
CLEVELAND CAVALIERS: ISAAC OKORO SHOULD START ON OPENING NIGHT
Cleveland is still in their rebuilding phase, but it is clear they have a vision in mind for how they want the team to look moving forward. In my opinion, part of that vision should consist of the Auburn Tiger-turned-Cleveland Cavalier playing in the starting lineup.
TWO BOLD PREDICTIONS FOR DYLAN WINDLER IN THE 2020-21 NBA SEASON
Perhaps one of the aspects of the upcoming 2020-21 season that is most intriguing is the thought of actually seeing Dylan Windler play in his first official NBA game. The 26th pick of the 2019 NBA Draft was able to play through the 2019 Summer League in Las Vegas for the Cleveland Cavaliers.
This article will take a look at two bold predictions for Dylan Windler in the upcoming 2020-21 season with the Cleveland Cavaliers.
GRADING MATTHEW DELLAVEDOVA'S PERFORMANCE FOR 2019-2020
When he’s been on the floor this season, Matthew Dellavedova’s been decent for the Cleveland Cavaliers, but his play has declined some. Here, we will examine and grade his performance in the 2019-2020 campaign thus far.
3 REASONS THE CAVS SHOULD KEEP KEVIN LOVE IN COMING YEARS
While the Cleveland Cavaliers could look to trade Kevin Love at some point in the near future with the team rebuilding, they should stay committed to him in coming years.
CAVS: THREE GOALS FOR LARRY NANCE JR. FOR REST OF 2019-20 SEASON
Larry Nance Jr. is arguably the most versatile big man on the Cleveland Cavaliers’ roster, but there are plenty of ways that the Ohio native can improve on the court. This article will explore three goals I want to see him meet the rest of this 2019-20 season.
THREE LINEUPS THE CAVS SHOULD USE INVOLVING ANDRE DRUMMOND
The Cleveland Cavaliers acquired Andre Drummond in a trade with the Detroit Pistons last week. We’ll get into a few lineups Cleveland should use involving the big man.
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