It’s a dark, gloomy, cold and kind of snowy day in February 2019. The Cavs are absolutely terrible. I wouldn’t dare to call this team a basketball team. They trot out Larry Nance Jr., Collin Sexton, Deng Adel, David Nwaba and Marquese Chriss as their starting lineup. To no ones surprise, the Cavs lost by 15 in front of a subpar amount of Pacers fans in downtown Indianapolis.
You look at what the Cleveland Cavaliers did this past year, and there has been a huge change. They made the postseason, and still has an amazing future to work on. With GM Koby Altman amazing draft choices, the Cavs have set themselves up to be more successful, dare I say championship contenders? But how? How the hell did they go from starting Deng Adell to having one of the best cores the league is seeing right now?
It all starts out with drafting. In the NBA, its really important that you draft very well. They sacrificed sucking for a few years for the rights to be able to draft a top prospect in each draft. This case being the 2019-2021 drafts. With Darius Garland, Isaac Okoro and Evan Mobley being the respected players. And let me tell you, we sucked really bad for what seemed like forever, and nonstop. We had bright moments… that being Collin Sexton vs the Nets… I can’t think of anything else. We had young guys coming in and out on 10 day contracts all year long. That being Jaron Blossomgame, Andrew Harrison, Jalen Jones and JP Macura. Tell me you have ever heard of any of them. We also had some interesting undrafted free agents coming in, that being Dean Wade and Lamar Stevens.
So after 3 seasons of sadness, the switch turned about a half an hour before the 2021 NBA Draft, when the Cavs agreed to a deal with Minnesota that would given them Ricky Rubio for Taurean Prince. Then a little later, they drafted Rookie Of The Year runner-up, Evan Mobley with the third pick in the draft
What happened next I would never imagine would ever happen ever. I will be the first to admit that I thought this season was going to be another wash. I thought JB Bickerstaff was a fool for starting Lauri Markkanen at the wing spot. But what happened on the court was like a party. The ball was moving well and Ricky Rubio was becoming a fan favorite. It was awesome. Everyday in my basement (where I watched all the Cavs game this season) was like a fiesta. Even when we lost, I was glad that we put in all the effort as possible to win. Remember those 10 day contract guys and undrafted free agents I mentioned before? Well a couple of them really showed up (in Dean Wade and Lamar Stevens with great defense, and a new 10 day contract guy, with the name of Brandon Goodwin) when injuries really messed us up, and played their hearts out. While the Season may ended bad, or sad. I’m super proud on how this team was built, and the players on the team on how they played.
Blog by Luke Sidaway (shoutout to my friends on Cavs twitter, I dedicate this blog to you guys, and many more to come.)