2013 Result: 24-58, missed playoffs
Rarely has a 58-loss team generated so much buzz. Sure, they had an inept defense, attendance slipped on this bad team, and they had to watch LeBron win a second championship in his third year away from Cleveland. But years of high draft picks have sparked hope for this season and beyond. Strong drafting from the Cavaliers front office has them in strong position to compete for the years after. Head coach Byron Scott was fired after three years of the rebuilding, perhaps because the team failed to show progress in the standings last year. But Mike Brown is back as head coach and has a real talented roster to work with. The Cavs took UNLV’s Anthony Bennett with the #1 overall pick, signed guard Jarrett Jack, forward Earl Clark, and two-time All-Star center Andrew Bynum. The Cavs now have three elite prospects and a two-time All-Star in the lineup in Kyrie Irving at PG, Dion Waiters at SG, Alonzo Gee/C.J. Miles at SF, Tristan Thompson at PF, and Bynum at C. If coached correctly, this young core is worthy of a playoff berth. Not to mention the plan for next summer—to get LeBron back. Bringing LeBron home for a new challenge could be an enticing opportunity for him, providing him with the perfect out from an aging James-Wade-Bosh trio and letting him jump into a younger core hungry for their first championship. But for now, this year is all about watching Bynum and Bennett join Irving, Thompson, and Waiters for more competitive basketball.
The Cleveland Cavaliers play in the Central Division of the Eastern Conference. They play in Quicken Loans Arena, known as ‘The Q’, for a strong fan base that has waned in attendance the last two years and understandably so. But there is definite reason for optimism with this roster. The Cavs have their eyes on a second conference title in franchise history, if not this year then the next. They have three division titles and 18 playoff appearances since their inception in 1970. The LeBron James era produced five playoff appearances, all of which came during Brown’s five years as Cavs coach. They went 272-138 in the regular season during those years but just 64-166 in the three years after. But with a collection of young players as talented as any in the league, watch out for these Cavaliers over the next few years. And if they get LeBron back they should be making deep playoff runs just like old times. Get your Cavs tickets ASAP from Gold Coast Tickets!