The Cleveland Cavaliers, with several promising young players and a head coach who knows how to develop them, would benefit greatly from making the playoffs in this 2011-2012 season.
Every season, a few teams have to experience the debate on whether it will benefit them more to make the playoffs as a low seed, or to miss the playoffs and be entered into the NBA Draft Lottery. The Cavaliers are certainly one of those teams this year.
If the Cavaliers make the playoffs, they will most certainly enter the postseason as a very low seed, and have to face one of the top teams in the Eastern Conference in the first round. The chances of the Cavaliers even making the playoffs aren’t very good. The chances of the Cavaliers actually advancing in the playoffs, should they make it that far, are exponentially worse.
So why would a team like the Cavaliers actually try to make the postseason, and potentially miss out on another game-changing player they could find in the lottery?
Here are six reasons why the Cavaliers would benefit (in both the short and long term) from making the 2012 NBA playoffs.