NBA First Half Awards
With the season just over halfway done, let's look at the major awards. Feel free to disagree but it's James Hardens world right now and we're just living in it.
Once again, the Lebron James less era in Cleveland is off to a rocky start. They are 0-3 to start the regular season, including an alarming 133-111 loss at home on Sunday afternoon against the Atlanta Hawks. I thought the Hawks were the worst team in the league entering the NBA season.
The Cavaliers have a better roster than them, but it is obvious that Lebron James meant the world to Cleveland. They don't have that it factor anymore. The Cleveland Cavaliers might have one of the worst coaches in the league in Tyronn Lue.
He is being exposed early in the season and it isn't a fluke the defense is bad once again this season. Most of it is on coaching and the Cavaliers will need to head in a different direction.
Speaking of different direction, I don't understand why they didn't go in a different direction in the offseason and trade Kevin Love. He was signed a to a four-year contract extension. The Cavaliers need to hope that he plays like he did with the Minnesota Timberwolves from now until the trade deadline in February.
There will be some teams that will call for him. Cleveland should take the best offer available. I am not saying Love is the reason why they are 0-3 and I am not making him a scapegoat either.
The Cleveland Cavaliers could trade him for a couple of picks. Speaking of trading, J.R. Smith, Tristan Thompson, and George Hill. will have one more year left on their contracts after this season. It will be trade able and maybe the Cavaliers could get something in return for them.
Scouts in the Cleveland Cavaliers organization need to starting evaluating the potential top prospects in the NBA Draft. Some of those players include: freshman shooting guard R.J. Barrett from Duke, freshman power forward Zion Williamson from Duke, freshman shooting guard/small forward Cameron Reddish from Duke, small forward/power forward Sekou Doumbouya from France, freshman small forward Nasir Little from North Carolina, freshman center Charles Bassey from Western Kentucky, and freshman shooting guard Romeo Langford from Indiana.
The Cleveland Cavaliers will have a first-round pick in the 2018 NBA Draft as long as it falls in the top-10 because it is lottery protected. If it falls out of the top 10, the pick will belong to the Atlanta Hawks.
A long rebuild is ahead for this team. They will win 20 to 25 games at most. The Cleveland Cavaliers need to build around Cedi Osman and Collin Sexton.