The Cavs are one game into the season! Here, some of our writers give their season predictions with the following criteria:
Win/Loss Record. Playoffs? If not, what draft slot?
Top Player and Stat Line
Surprise Player of The Year (Postive)
Biggest Bust of the Season
Biggest win of the year
Any other comments, things to look for?
32-50, we win the lottery and get the 1st pick in the draft.
Kevin Love: 28.3 ppg, 9.9 rpg and 3.7 apg.
Ante Zizic – will have the highest rebounds per game in the team.
Kyle Korver – he won’t get as many opportunities to score as nobody will be double teamed at the same rate as LeBron was.
At home against the Lakers. LeBron struggles from the floor and seven Cavs scores in double figures.
I’m looking forward to the development of the young players on the team.
38-44, 8th seed
Kevin Love: 23.5 ppg, 10.9 rebs, 2.8 ast.
Tristan Thompson: will average a double-double
George Hill: will lose a lot of minutes when Collin Sexton takes the starting job
At home win vs. Lakers
Look out for an up and down season with several young players this team could rely on energy and momentum a little more than in the past.
44-38 record, the 7th seed.
Kevin: 25 ppg, 7 rpg., 8 apg.
Surprise player is Rodney Hood: shows he’s better than he was in the playoffs last year.
Biggest bust is Cedi Osman, he’s all hype.
Beat the Lakers at some point.
28-54, I think the new lottery odds bless us with a top-5 pick.
Kevin Love will be our best player, averaging 20/10+ but missing 25-30 games due to injury.
Billy Preston will really be a surprise and a good spark plug off the bench, threatening Tristan Thompson and Larry Nance for minutes.
I feel like Jordan Clarkson is going to continue aimlessly chucking up shots and bust hard, with his minutes being cut substantially by the end of the year.
I think we will beat the Celtics at some point during the season, probably our matchup with them March 26th because they will be coasting by that point.
The one thing I would watch for is how effective Kyle Korver is. He’s getting up there in age and I think two straight horrendous finals performances have had a negative effect on his confidence. I really hope he continues to perform like he usually does because it would keep his trade value high, but I think he finally crashes back to Earth this year and becomes a more average three-point shooter.
Cavs go 30-52, finish with the 7th pick in the draft
Kevin Love averages 24 ppg, 10 rpg., 3 assists per game.
Cavs may beat a few playoff teams at the end of the year, which will feel nice but won’t help our lottery odds.
Larry Nance Jr. won’t be worth his extension, being a bust in that sense.
I think Kyle Korver is dealt by the trade deadline. Cedi Osman will continue to grow, maybe averaging 10 ppg this year.