Cleveland Cavaliers 2016 Preview, Draft, Offseason Recap, Depth Chart, Outlook
Cleveland Cavaliers 2016 Preview
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The Cleveland Cavaliers have the target on their back for once after winning the NBA Finals for the first time and hope to defend their crown. The Cavs have made the finals back-to-back seasons and are once again the favorites to win the East.
Can the Cavs become the first time since the Miami Heat to win back-to-back titles?
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Here is your 2016 Cleveland Cavaliers NBA preview.
Key Player Losses: The Cavs did a wonderful job of keeping their team intact, but they did lose point guard Matthew Dellavedova and center Timofey Mozgov. Losing Mozgov wasn’t that big of a deal considering he didn’t play much last season and is a dinosaur in today's league where bigs aren’t as effective. However, Dellavedova did provide a boost off the bench and is a pain in the behind defensively. Still, the Cavs have to be happy with majority of their roster returning for another season.
Key Player Additions: The Cavaliers didn’t have much wiggle room in terms of the salary cap, but they did add veteran big Chris Andersen and shooting guard Mike Dunleavy. At 38 years old, Andersen can still provide 15 minutes off the bench and do some of the dirty work in the paint. Dunleavy isn’t much younger at 35 years old, but he’s still a 37.6 percent shooter from deep and has averaged double-digit points in four of his last six seasons. Minor pickus that could prove to be big in key moments of the season.
Draft: The Cleveland Cavaliers didn’t have a draft pick this season.
Outlook: It’s championship or bust any time you have LeBron James on your roster. Well, it’s championship or bust for the Cavs. Cleveland is clearly the best team in the East and will win 50-plus games for the third straight season. It’s all about June with the Cavs and with Kyrie irving taking his game to the next level, they have as good of a chance to hoist the trophy (again) as anyone in the NBA.