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Cleveland Cavaliers Team Overview

2011-12 record: 21-45

Fifth place, Central Division

Did not make the playoffs

DRAFT PICKS:

Round: 1

#24 Jared Cunningham (Traded to Dallas Mavericks)

Round: 2

#33 Bernard James (Traded to Dallas Mavericks)
#34 Jae Crowder (Traded to Dallas Mavericks)

Draft Trade
• Cavs acquire Pick 17 Tyler Zeller and Kelenna Azubuike for Pick 24 Jared Cunningham, Pick 33 Bernard James and Pick 34 Jae Crowder

Areas of Strength:
Hmm, it appears the Cavaliers are set for the foreseeable future at point guard, given Kyrie Irving's terrific Rookie of the Year season. They also like their guys at the center (Andreson Varejao) and power forward (Tristan Thompson), though if they keep all four of their picks, one or more will be spent on bigs.

Needs Work:
Like a lot of teams but maybe more than most, Cleveland is hungry for good athletes who can create their own shots. Varejao's injury last season makes depth up front a priority, too, based on the results they got from Semih Erden.

Two Stats That Matter:
9-26
-- The Cavs' record in games decided by 10 points or more. It puts into perspective their 24.1 scoring average in fourth quarters, which ranked ninth in the NBA. Lot of garbage time.

4 -- Cleveland ranked fourth in offensive rebounds claimed and eighth in percentage (.289) of offensive rebounds.

The Way To Go:
Sitting at No. 4, two players the Cavaliers are believed to covet -- Kentucky's Michael Kidd-Gilchrist and Florida's Bradley Beal -- are likely to be gone. They liked North Carolina's Harrison Barnes last year, had he come out then, but might not be as high on him now. One possibility: Package some picks in a deal with Charlotte for the No. 2.

2011-12 Team Stats:
Offensive: 98.1 (27th)
Defensive: 106.0 (26th)

Under Contract:
G: Kyrie Irving
G: Manny Harris
G: Daniel Gibson
G: Donald Sloan
F: Tristan Thompson
F: Omri Casspi
F: Luke Walton
F: Samardo Samuels
F: D.J. Kennedy
F-C: Anderson Varejao

Free Agents:
C: Semih Erden (restricted)
G-F: Alonzo Gee (restricted)
F: Luke Harangody (restricted)
F: Antawn Jamison
G: Anthony Parker

Recent Draft History:
2011: Kyrie Irving (1), Tristan Thompson (4), Justin Harper (32), Milan Macvan (54)
2010: No picks
2009: Christian Eyenga (30), Daniel Green (46)
2008: J.J. Hickson (19)
2007: No picks
2006: Shannon Brown (25), Daniel Gibson (42), Ejike Ugboaja (55)

-- Steve Aschburner

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