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Cleveland Cavaliers Team Overview

2010-11 record: 19-63

Fifth place, Central Division

Did not make the playoffs

DRAFT PICKS:

Round: 1

Round: 2

#54 : Milan Macvan

Areas Of Strength:
The Cavaliers got embarrassed on the scoreboard at various points this season but they never embarrassed themselves as a group. They beat the Lakers, the Knicks and the Heat all in the second half of the season, and went 9-17 after the All-Star break. There are role players but not much of a starting five.

Needs Work:
Everywhere. It's still stunning that losing one guy could send a team from 61 victories down to 19, but losing LeBron James was like taking the hub out of a wheel -- the spokes alone aren't worth much. Defense is the Cavs' greatest need now -- the offense perked up near the end -- but no one uses the No. 1 pick, or maybe even the No. 4, to fix the defense.

Two Stats That Matter:
35.6
-- Points per game from Cavaliers' bench, ranking them 7th in the NBA.

6 -- Forward J.J. Hickson averaged 16.1 points and 11.0 rebounds after Jan. 1, putting him in elite company. Only five others in the NBA -- Dwight Howard, Blake Griffin, Al Jefferson, Kevin Love and Zach Randolph -- averaged at least 15 and 10 in calendar 2011.

The Way To Go:
It seems a no-brainer that the Cavaliers will grab Duke G Kyrie Irving, who is seen as the this draft's surest bet and a point guard capable of developing into a Chris Paul-type. Coach Bryon Scott has experience with some top point guards -- Paul, Baron Davis and Jason Kidd -- so the fit is a natural. Turkish power forward Enes Kanter would be a clever pick at No. 4.

2010-11 Team Stats:
Offensive: 99.5 (29th)
Defensive: 109.1 (29th)

Under Contract:
G: Baron Davis
G: Daniel Gibson
G: Ramon Sessions
G: Manny Harris
F: Christian Eyenga
F: Joey Graham
F: Luke Harangody
F: Antawn Jamison
F: Samardo Samuels
F: Jawad Williams
F/C: J.J. Hickson
C: Anderson Varejao
C: Semih Erden

Free Agents:
G: Anthony Parker (unrestricted)
F: Alonzo Gee (unrestricted)
F/C: Leon Powe (unrestricted)
C: Ryan Hollins (player option)

-- Steve Aschburner

Recent Draft History
2010 2009 2008 2007 2006
No Picks 30. Christian Eyenga 19. J.J. Hickson No Picks 25. Shannon Brown
46. Daniel Green 42. Daniel Gibson
55. Ejike Ugboaja

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