|2011-12 Team Rating|
|27th Overall||26th Overall|
2011-12 Season Stats
Tristan Thompson got pressed into duty at center when Anderson Varejao was out but should be back at his more familiar power forward spot. Antawn Jamison is off to in L.A., Cavs need a bounce-back season from Omri Casspi.
Kyrie Irving looks to be set as the Cavaliers' cornerstone player. They hope they landed another one in Dion Waiters, considered a reach at No. 4 but worth it if his talent shines. Solid pro Anthony Parker has retired.
Varejao is a defensive dervish, when healthy, in the paint. Rookie Tyler Zeller brings size. Waiters will get a crash course from Byron Scott and staff on what he's facing defensively.
C.J. Miles, Jeremy Pargo and Jon Leuer help flesh out a corps of steady if unspectacular depth.
Scott has been dealing with a lot of noise lately, from printed reports in April that players don't enjoying working with him to claims he was tight with center Andrew Bynum, which fueled trade rumors. But he has gotten results here.
Summer league turned into a minefield for the Cavs, with Irving breaking a bone in his right hand, Waiters shutting down with a sore let knee and Thompson getting poked in the eye in the Vegas finale. But Scott, GM Chris Grant and the staff still headed home with some positives.
No one ever suggested the Cavs would be taking more than baby steps and that's what they did in 2011-12 -- slight progress at both ends and a 7-game improvement in victories (adjusted to 82 games). Another season like that and they'll be at 33-49. From there, .500 is but a year or two away.
-- Steve Aschburner
Explanation of Marking System
|Golden State Warriors||C+|
|Los Angeles Clippers||B|
|Los Angeles Lakers||A|
|New Jersey Nets||A|
|New Orleans Hornets||B+|
|New York Knicks||C|
|Oklahoma City Thunder||A|
|Portland Trail Blazers||C-|
|San Antonio Spurs||B|