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All those quote tweets making fun of cavs as if their teams don’t sign end of rotation players to fill out the roster...
 

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Derrick Jones Jr. has also been linked to the Cavs.

Meanwhile, some NBA executives believe the Cavs will trade the #5 pick:


If they do, let’s just hope it isn’t for some middle of the road veteran.
It'll be for exactly that.
 

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What other coaches/teams might this offense be comparable to? From Hoov Himself
If you had asked this question a few weeks into the 2019-20 NBA season, I would have told you that there was no definitive answer. John Beilein was rigid and hellbent about forcing his polar bears and other collegiate sets, that found him success prior to joining the NBA, on the Cavs. To no one’s surprise, it didn’t work out — as Cleveland ranked towards the bottom of the league in terms of offensive efficiency and shooting percentage under Beilein. We all know what happened next.

According to league sources, the Cavs were hoping Beilein would make it until the end of the season. But, Beilein surprised everyone when he announced he was stepping down from coaching the Cavs — citing similar reasons to Larry Drew: he lost his love and passion for the game coaching Cleveland. In Beilein’s stead, J.B. Bickerstaff took over coaching responsibilities as the Cavs signed him to a long term deal. Not only did the Cavs become 26 years younger at the head coaching position, but they also found their offensive identity under Bickerstaff as well.

With the support of the Cavs committing long term to him, Bickerstaff was able to get a little funky and a little weird when experiment with the team’s offensive lineups and rotations. There was playing Kevin Porter Jr. as a one and featuring his playmaking in sets. There was also the all-big lineup featuring Larry Nance Jr., Kevin Love, and either Tristan Thompson or Andre Drummond. They also made more basic adjustments like running more pick-and-rolls. Bickerstaff quickly found the pulse of an almost flatlined Cleveland offense, and gave it the necessary jolt and posted results that were far more promising than the Cavs performed under Beilein.

So, the Cavs now have substance when it comes to their offense, but how does Bickerstaff mold it to fit the standards of the modern NBA? Thankfully, both Bickerstaff and assistant coach Lindsay Gottlieb provided insight in that they want to take pages from teams under the Orlando bubble that were successful. Mostly the Miami Heat and the Denver Nuggets.

Their reasoning makes a ton of sense, both Miami and Denver have interesting roster constructions where they play to the strength of their big men in Bam Adebayo and Nikola Jokic. Now, I’m not saying Drummond or Love compare to either Adebayo or Jokic, but they are two of Cleveland’s best players and the team should play to their strengths. Ditto for the team using Porter Jr. like Jimmy Butler, who acted as a point forward on top of everything else for the Heat in the 2020 NBA Finals. There’s also a stable of guards like Jamal Murray, Garry Harris, Goran Dragic, and Tyler Herro for Collin Sexton and Darius Garland to learn from. The same can be said from Larry Nance Jr. studying tape on Jerami Grant.

Denver made it to the Western Conference Finals and Miami took the champion Lakers to six games in the NBA Finals in Orlando. So, mimicking what makes them successful is a good direction to be heading towards for the Cavs.


 

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Anyone but Toppin in the draft. Taking a 22 year old who has already used those prime development years at #5 when a host of 19 year old options are there, just makes zero sense to me. And one of the knocks on him is defense which is already a massive problem for the team.
 

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Anyone but Toppin in the draft. Taking a 22 year old who has already used those prime development years at #5 when a host of 19 year old options are there, just makes zero sense to me. And one of the knocks on him is defense which is already a massive problem for the team.
For me age isn't an issue. Players can still develop into their mid 20s. The reason I want no part of Toppin is because he's a terrible defender. We don't need anymore score first defend never players at any position.
 

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Anyone but Toppin in the draft. Taking a 22 year old who has already used those prime development years at #5 when a host of 19 year old options are there, just makes zero sense to me. And one of the knocks on him is defense which is already a massive problem for the team.
Toppin’s age was already a red mark against him and, his defensive deficiencies, almost make him a deal-breaker for this team. Okongwu is a better fit as a PF even if he doesn’t have the same type of offensive game. However, he’s also 3 years younger than Toppin.

I still think the Cavs choice comes down to an O-bomb- Okongwu or Okoro.
 

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  • Cleveland projects to have lots of cap space for 2021, since an expected extension for Collin Sexton won’t hit the cap until 2022, but probably won’t be competitive for the top free agents. Considering the team’s history in free agency and its spot near the bottom of the Eastern Conference standings, Fedor expects the rebuilding to continue through the draft and the development of young talent.
  • The Cavaliers already have one opening for an assistant that they didn’t fill when J.B. Bickerstaff was promoted to head coach, and they could have another now that Tyronn Lue has become head coach of the Clippers. Fedor cites belief inside the organization that Dan Geriot might go to L.A. to join Lue’s staff.

 

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It's weird that alot of mock drafts have the Cavs drafting Toppin despite needing a wing...

Even,Fedor have the Cavs drafting Toppin in his mock draft today.
 

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It's weird that alot of mock drafts have the Cavs drafting Toppin despite needing a wing...

Even,Fedor have the Cavs drafting Toppin in his mock draft today.
He's viewed as NBA Ready and a "safe" pick. You know what you are going to get with Toppin. A score first player who sucks on defense. I really hope they pick literally anyone else before Toppin. Okay not Lamelo Ball. But anyone besides Lamelo or Toppin and I'll be able to find something to like about the player we pick.
 
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