Youth Movement Showcased in Winning Streak
Last night’s win against the Atlanta Hawks marked the Cavs’ third win in a row and the longest win streak in the post-LeBron era. Although it was only the ninth win of the season, Cavs fans have a lot to be thankful for this holiday season. The young trio of Collin Sexton, Darius Garland, and Kevin Porter Jr. are starting to look good, really good at times and the front office is looking to add more young talent to the roster. According to Adrian Wojnarowski, the Cavs plan is to trade the remaining veterans in order to acquire draft picks and young assets.
The core is already starting to form.
Collin and the two rookies are showing that they can play cohesive basketball and they’ve shown the willingness to take over games when needed. That’s important because once Kevin is inevitably traded, whoever the “hot man” is at the moment will more than likely be looked at to close games; it can be one of the three on any given night or a collective effort.
Now, I know no one takes mock drafts seriously in terms of where prospects are headed, but usually, the top handful of prospects are correct. Right now, those four are Anthony Edwards (SG), James Wiseman (C), LaMelo Ball (PG/SG), and Cole Anthony (PG). Let’s assume the Cavs luck up and nab a top-two pick, grabbing either Wiseman or LeMelo would give this young roster so much more potential. This current coaching staff was built for the youth movement, not the Kevin’s (Love), Tristian’s and Jordan’s.
Collin, Darius and KPJ should give Cavs fans hope.
They’re buying into the Beilein system. They’re learning to gel as a unit while also learning to elevate their individual game. You add a top-five prospect to that and the Cavs are a young team that on any given night can give teams fits. Youth, athleticism and length should be a focal point when scouting and it appears as if the front office is starting to understand that. Last year, the team believed they’d be a playoff team; we all know how that ended. Thankfully, they’ve got their heads on straight and are looking towards the future and right now it doesn’t appear that that’s too far ahead.