As Cleveland wraps up the late Oct/Nov games, we roll in with a record of 12-5 and serious contentions of winning the title. We have some major surprises, and some major letdowns. I am not surprised we lost five games this season.
With the new additions of Moon, Parker, Powe, and O'Neal, we still need time to gel. We also felt the effects of our rotations and starting roles being bumped around, as Z and Varejao took a backseat to Shaq and J.J. Hickson, and Delonte West being out with issues with the law and mood disorder.
The Cavs are looking solid, and LeBron James is set to have another yet 30/7/8 season and looks like a serious contender MVP again. Enough with the introduction, time to dig into the roster.
Where to start, so much to talk about this team. We'll start with probably the biggest surprises since Gibson's Game Six in the ECF three years ago—J.J. Hickson.
On draft night, we had screaming Cavs fans wondering who this kid from N.C. State was. We all saw his potential his rookie year and believed he could make an impact in a few years.
This man got all the vertical a power forward needs, granted he worked with a man named LeBron James over the summer, which probably is why he's such a great player, finishes strong, runs the fast break as the center, and probably is the future big man with the Cavaliers—that is, if he keeps this play up.
I expect him to keep his starting role and keep producing the kind of numbers he has. He has a nice mid-range jumper, in addition to several other strengths: his vertical; speed; and finishes around the rim. His weaknesses are catching the ball, post moves, and passing.
We still believe in this man. Aside from all the trouble with the law, he still manages to go out and play few games this year. Hopefully, he will recover from all this chaos and come back as a determined man. He could be our 6/7th man or start, if Mike Brown so decides. I still believe in West. Take time off to solve your problems, man.
He's such a great guy to have on the team. He knows this is LeBron Kingdom, and he took the backseat and trying to help the King win. As we saw in the Orlando game, Shaq shut down Dwight Howard and dominated him—just what we needed him to do.
Hopefully, he recovers from the injury—he's 37 years old, and there's no need to rush him back when we have Z. I expect him to pick it up in the playoffs, just like LeBron and crew.
The people we picked up in the FA, they love it in C-town. Parker is a decent defender and one heck of a shooter. I love it when he nails it from the corner cause it's almost a gimme every time.
Parker is our key defender because he can score 20 ppg, but we need defense in our starting rotation and not all offense. Jamario Moon is also great defense; I often questioned his shot before I saw he can drain three-pointers along with Mo, LBJ, and Parker.
Moon is known for his dunks and high flying moves, but he's also that lengthy defender at the small forward spot we needed behind LeBron. I hope these guys stay here because they are excellent role players and understand their role with the rest of the team. They just need tad bit more gelling time.
This man is often the unknown and huge question mark for this team. Could he come back from his injury and produce off the bench like he did in Boston? Or will his injury affect him for a long time?
He's a high award-low risk player for the fact we sign for the LLE this year and have the option next year. I hope he recovers well and comes back fired up to win another ring and the first time for Cleveland.
Took a major backseat role this year, but he clearly understood it's best for the team. He just recently passed our GM Danny Ferry's record for most games played as a Cavalier. Congrats, Z, you earned it.
He may be the most overpaid backup player this year at $11 million, but he's the only Cavalier left from LeBron's rookie year on the squad. He is willing to do whatever it takes to win a title, and, from the looks these recent weeks, his tank is emptying quickly.
I would hate to package himself, because with the additions of all these new people, they can go to Z and ask him any question about the offense or defense because he's been here since his rookie year.
I hope once Shaq gets back his numbers are limited to under 20 a game to let Varejao get more minutes at center. Something like this 24-Shaq, 15-Z, 10-15 Varejao. I really hope Z ends his career here in Cleveland.
Great guy, if he's not on your team, you hate him. But if he is, you love him. Seems to get better every year and hopefully he'll develop more of an offensive game with a great jumper. I see him sticking around in Cleveland for a long time with that contract of his.
LeBron and Crew
Rolling great, keep it up, we need to rise up and beat the Hawks, Celtics, Magic, and, of course, the Lakers. I believe in you guys this year; we have the tools we just need to use them to the fullest potential.
Let's keep it rolling guys, we had a great win streak, and I'm loving what you're doing. Keep it up.
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