- Feb 17, 2009
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You mentioned Barnes again, but I digress...
I guess where we differ is I *dont* think this team is "so close" to anything but making the playoffs. Could they make a fluke run this year like Atlanta did in 20-21? Sure, but I also think they'll revert to mean like that same Hawks team did in 21-22.
This is the most talented team the Cavaliers have had on the same timeline this century. However, they're also young as hell and still have some glaring weaknesses. Players don't typically reach their prime years until 27-30yrs old, and no one in the starting lineup at the beginning of the season was old enough to rent a hotel room or car without a guaradians signature. Even adding Levert to the starting lineup, he'd be the only guy reaching his prime.
I dont get why folks keep wanting to accelerate the timeline on these guys. This team is going to be good. They're going to be fun to watch. They're just not ready to compete for ECFs, let alone championships yet. In 2yrs, maybe. Definitely not now.
I completely agree that I don't think we need to accelerate our timeline. Im all for keeping our young players and seeing how they progress.
One big thing is we kind of know Mobley is going to be a good player but we really don't know how his offensive game is going to really look like. He is in the expanding phase of his development and he will have to focus it back in at some point. We could make moves for vet players and have to retool alot once Mobley really works out what his offensive game is. No point in wasting assets to do that now.
What I do think is we are missing some variety of players to really figure out how everyone fits. Koby has overloaded positions and types of players while left out searching for others. I think there is useful information from getting different types of players even if they don't truly work out. Not so good players can flash here and there to give you a taste of what a better player with a similar skill set could do in that lineup, that allows teams to figure out who to target without cycling through trades and wasting assets in doing so.