We all know how bad the Cleveland Cavaliers have been since LeBron James left.
They've gone from the best record in the league to the worst, set the record for the longest losing streak in NBA history and have generally become the doormat of the league.
There's no point wishing for the past, though. The Cavaliers need to look to the future and rebuild the team in as secure a fashion as possible. The team won't win this year, so we must look forward to 2011-2012 and beyond for when the Cavs will be competitive again.
All of these moves I will outline point toward the goal of winning in the future. This season (and probably next season as well) is lost. The Cavaliers will not be winning a NBA Championship anytime soon. What they can do now is build a young, exciting team (ala the Oklahoma City Thunder) that will compete for years to come.
Note: The stats I used to analyze these players were Player Efficiency Rating (PER), points, rebounds and assists per 36 minutes (to equal out starters and bench players), field goal percentage and three-point percentage. I took these ratings over the last three years to average out one out-of-character up or down season, and to see what players have been worth more recently. Also note that the average PER for a player is 15.0, and that I used this as the most important overall rating for any player.