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DRAFT PICKS: Round 1: #30 Round 2: None

Draft History
2008 2007 2006 2005
19. J.J. Hickson No Selection 25. Shannon Brown No Selection
       

2008–2009

  • 66–16, 1st in Eastern Conference finals

Offensive

  • 113.9 (4th)

Defensive

  • 103.8 (2nd)

Acquired Via Trade:

Free Agents:

Areas of Strength:

The Cavs became a much more efficient offensive team this season, acquiring Mo Williams and adding more movement to their system. But under Mike Brown, the priority has always been the defensive end of the floor, and that has been the most important key to the Cavs success.

Needs Work:

It's hard to find much wrong with the Cavs. They have surrounded LeBron James with a solid and diverse supporting cast. There have been times in the postseason when the offense has been a bit stagnant, but since November, Cleveland has been the most consistent team in the NBA.

Two Stats That Matter:

  • The Cavs lost consecutive games only twice this season and never lost more than two in a row.
  • As a league, the NBA shot 45.9 percent from the field this season. The Cavs held their opponent under that mark in 64 of their 82 games.

The Way To Go:

If LeBron James stays in Cleveland and the Cavs keep their core together, they should be championship contenders for the next several years. The pre-Draft deal that brings O'Neal to Cleveland should only help the Cavs against the Dwight Howards of the world. Priority No. 1 for the summer should be re-signing Anderson Varejao if he declines his player option. Even with Wallace gone to Phoenix, the Cavs' frontline is no fountain of youth with Zydrunas Ilgauskas, O'Neal and Joe Smith getting significant minutes. Luckily, they have J.J. Hickson and Darnell Jackson waiting in the wings and they may be asked to produce more next season.

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