Right on track.
After eight games in the shortened 2011-2012 season, that's exactly where the Cleveland Cavaliers seem to be. With a .500 record, the Cavaliers are far from the worst team in the NBA, but they still have plenty of areas they need to work on.
Sure, because of the lockout, the beginning of this season wasn't exactly loaded with teams playing championship-caliber basketball, but the Cavaliers have shown the ability, when playing well, to be as good as any team on any given night.
Each of their victories this season have come by double digits, while two of their losses have come by 10 or more points. That this team is able to blow out teams in games is a sign of improvement from the misery that was last season.
From the beginning of this season, Coach Byron Scott has utilized two separate, five-player units. By doing this, Scott is allowing his young players to get more comfortable with their playing partners.
The results are showing on the court.
The Cavaliers' starting five has been solid, with rookie Kyrie Irving as the court general and veterans Antawn Jamison and Anthony Parker finding their scoring touches. Equally as impressive is the second unit, which is third in the NBA in bench scoring at 41 points per game.
The key has been the productivity of the players, who have already grown accustomed to the units they're on.
Read through the slideshow to see player-by-player grades for the 2011-2012 Cleveland Cavaliers through the first eight games.