NBA News: Handicapping the 2014 Cleveland Cavaliers Win Total
October 2, 2014
The Line: See the Latest Odds
Here we will give a quick rundown of the 2014 Cleveland Cavaliers win total that was set at 58.5 games, which is the highest in the NBA.
The Cavaliers have topped this projected win total twice in their history and both seasons featured LeBron James. This is easily the most talented Cavs team ever with LeBron, Kyrie Irving and Kevin Love leading the way. However, the under is the best play in this spot if you’re looking to make some money.
USA TODAY Sports
Everybody is looking at the Cleveland Cavaliers roster and falling in love simply because of the star power that is running the show. But David Blatt is a first-year head coach, there’s not a lot of depth or experience behind the Big Three, and these players have never played together in a game that actually mattered. Yes, a trio of LeBron, Irving and Love is going to produce a ton of wins but it’s going to take time for the Cavs to reach their full potential and push for 60-plus wins.
Remember when the Big Three first got together with the Miami Heat? The Heat started the season with a subpar 9-8 record and experienced so many growing pains to the point many were questioning if Erik Spoelstra was the right man for the job. It’s also important to mention that Chris Bosh, LeBron and Dwayne Wade played together on Olympic teams and had some sort of feel for what it’s like being on the same court. That’s not the case with the Cavaliers.
Basketball is more than just throwing a bunch of stars on the court and telling them to win games. All three big names were the man on their past team, and now they’re on the same team playing with just one basketball. Sacrifices have to be made, guys have to adjust their game and all of them have to learn when to be aggressive and when to let others take over. Getting a feel for everything takes more than one season, as we just saw with the Miami Heat.
The Cleveland Cavaliers also have depth issues, as the center position is weak behind Anderson Varejao, Mike Miller has nagging injury concerns and Shawn Marion is a shell of what he once was at 36 years old.
The Cavs are going to be great and a ton of fun to watch, but more than 58 wins in their first season together is a stretch and probably not going to happen.