After four straight trips to the NBA Finals, expectations will certainly be different in Cleveland this year. Even though LeBron James is no longer a Cleveland Cavalier, Ty Lue believes this team can compete for the playoffs. Kevin Love’s transition into the leader of the Cavs and rookie Collin Sexton’s immediate contributions will be key to the Cavs success during the 2018-19 season.
Most of the roster the Cavs finished last season with will return to start the season in Cleveland. George Hill and J.R. Smith will start in the backcourt, with Jordan Clarkson backing up both guard positions off the bench. Clarkson struggled once joining Cleveland last year, but in a more relaxed environment he should be able to regain the confidence he found with the Lakers.
Rookie point guard Collin Sexton will be an interesting player to keep an eye on in Cleveland. The Cavs selected the Alabama freshman with the 8th overall pick, which they acquired in last year’s Kyrie Irving trade. Expect him to be a difference maker right away for the Cavs.
In the frontcourt Kevin Love and Tristan Thompson will need to take on larger roles offensively. Love is now the focal point of the offense, so he will need to improve his overall game as a scorer and facilitator. Cedi Osman, Kyle Korver, Rodney Hood, and Larry Nance Jr. will also be important to the Cavs success. Osman in particular will look to take advantage of more opportunities to play significant minutes this season.
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