|Position||Name||Number||Height||Weight||Date of Birth||School|
|Guard||Clarkson, Jordan||8||1,96 m||88 kg||07.06.1992||Missouri|
|Guard||Hill, George||3||1,91 m||85 kg||04.05.1986||IUPUI|
|Guard||Korver, Kyle||26||2,01 m||96 kg||17.03.1981||Creighton|
|Guard||Nwaba, David||12||1,93 m||95 kg||14.01.1993||Cap Poly San Luis Obispo|
|Guard||Sexton, Collin||2||1,88 m||83 kg||04.01.1999||Alabama|
|Guard/Forward||Holland, John||10||1,96 m||93 kg||06.11.1988||Boston University|
|Guard/Forward||Osman, Cedi||16||2,03 m||98 kg||08.04.1995||Turkey|
|Guard/Forward||Smith, J. R.||5||1,98 m||102 kg||09.09.1985||St. Benedict's Prep|
|Forward||Dekker, Sam||15||2,06 m||104 kg||06.05.1994||Wisconsin|
|Forward||Frye, Channing||9||2,11 m||116 kg||17.05.1983||Arizona|
|Forward||Hood, Rodney||1||2,03 m||93 kg||20.10.1992||Duke|
|Forward||Nance, Larry||22||2,06 m||104 kg||01.01.1993||Wyoming|
|Forward||Preston, Billy||20||2,08 m||109 kg||26.10.1997||Oak Hill Academy|
|Forward/Center||Love, Kevin||0||2,08 m||114 kg||07.09.1988||UCLA|
|Forward/Center||Thompson, Tristan||13||2,06 m||108 kg||13.03.1991||Texas|
|Forward/Center||Zizic, Ante||41||2,11 m||113 kg||04.01.1997||Croatia|
After the Cleveland Cavaliers have been the measure of all things in the Eastern Conference in recent years, the tide is now turning. LeBron's exodus means a complete new beginning in Believeland and the certainty that nothing will be as it was.
For the Cavs LeBron James was always more than just a basketball player. It was their OWN superstar, the son from Ohio, on whom all hopes of a city rested, that was synonymous for sports failure. Cleveland fans were ridiculed and mocked for decades. Then LeBron, the savior, promised Cleveland an NBA title, kept his promise and left the city. Twice. This left wounds that will not heal quickly.
Basketball fever in Cleveland is now extinct and several seats in the Quicken Loans Arena will remain vacant this year. What's left of the Cavaliers will at best be able to compete for one of the last playoff spots. That's how success will be measured in the upcoming years. Unless they find a second LeBron.
You can almost feel sorry for Kevin Love. Of the former super team in Cleveland, only he is left. Kyrie is in Boston, LeBron is in LA. And the Cavaliers are going to be a one-man show this season, with Love being the only real star to anchor both offense and defense.
For Love, this role is not new. For the first 6 years of his career he played in Minnesota, becoming one of the league's best forwards and basically doing everything short of cheerleading. A true go-to-guy for his team, who almost single-handedly got his team some wins. That was 5 years ago.
After playing the past few years in the shadow of King James and Kyrie Irving and shelving his own offense, Love will have to return to his old role in Minnesota. The now 30-year-old logged the fewest minutes of play since his rookie season and scored "only" 17 points per game. If the Cavs want a shot at a playoff spot in the East, Kevin will have to play a lot more, score a lot more and take on a lot more responsibilities.
To be perfectly clear the golden age of the Cavaliers is over. That should come as no surprise come to think that the league's best player has left the team. It gets even more obvious when you look at the remaining roster.
The large collection of role-players who were hauled in to support the King are now on their own. All of them willing to take on the star role in the team and to shine by scoring a lot of points. A team that desperately needs points is J.R. Smith's wet dream, who has been waiting for the "fire at will!" green-light for years. Same goes for Jordan Clarkson and Rodney Hood who would love to put an end to their shadowy existence. And who's to stop them? Ty Lue is not exactly a coach who commands discipline.
It will be interesting to see how the Cavaliers find their way around the new situation. Do they make the best of it, barely make the playoffs and then bow out out in the first round? Or do they go into full tank mode, lose a ton of games and hope for a good draft position? We guess it's the latter.
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