Sudden and amazing are the waves of transformation that can overtake an NBA franchise in a short amount of time. The 2011-2012 Cleveland Cavaliers are experiencing first-hand, the destructive shock waves created by the decision of one star player and the ever changing scenario of picking up the pieces.
Comparing the 2009-2010 Cavaliers to this year's team is like comparing good and evil. The transformation began last season, when players who were considered role players the previous year, had to step in and become reliable contributors to the team. That certainly was a main reason for the rocky season, but it also allowed coach Byron Scott and general manager Chris Grant to find a couple of diamonds in the rough, who can be integral parts of the rebuild of the franchise.
The revolving door of players continued during this past offseason, which saw the Cavaliers select two of the top four players in the draft, trade a former first-round pick for another team's former first-round pick, re-sign their starting shooting guard after he tested the free agent waters, and finally, use the amnesty clause on former star Baron Davis.
Nobody really knows what to expect out of the Cavaliers in 2011-2012. The front office has most certainly turned the roster over, adding players through trades, free agency, and simply by getting them healthy. So what should fans expect out of the players who will dress in the Wine and Gold this year?