There’s one thing that every NBA player has in common – from superstars to end-of-the-bench guys: At one point, they were all rookies. They’ve all picked up the donuts. They’ve all gone into the arena seats to recover the basketballs that the veterans punted up there.

But not all rookies go through their freshman season the same way. Some came to a team with established vets; some were forced to start right away. And this season, will take a look back – or take a current look – at some of the current Cavaliers rookie seasons.

The closing seconds of a quarter in the NBA can be the turning point in a ballgame. But it’s rarely the end of the first quarter.

Unfortunately for the Cavaliers, that was the case on Wednesday night in Philadelphia – as Spencer Hawes’ three-pointer at the first period buzzer gave the Sixers a one-point lead and sent the Cavaliers into a second-quarter tailspin they never recovered from. Cleveland stayed even after intermission, but it was too little, too late – with Philly cruising to the 114-99 win.

Allie CliftonMaybe as early as Wednesday night’s preseason game against Philly – or maybe during the first few contests of the regular season – you’ll be watching Cavs basketball on Fox Sports Ohio and, at one point, Fred McLeod will toss it to the sideline reporter. And at that point, your first thought will probably be: “Hey! That’s not Jeff Phelps!!”

Check out the double feature with Beatwriter, Joe Gabriele and Beatwriter Sam Amico as they tackle everything from word association, to debating everything NBA, Cavaliers, and Cleveland to airing their Beatwriter laundry...and they promise to have you in and out of the mess in about 5 minutes or under every time!

1. Writer’s Offseason