Last week ESPN gathered their sports writers from all different cities in America and came up with their projections for each team this upcoming NBA season. The article had the Cavaliers finishing in tenth place in the East, with a 33-49 record. The projected 33-win season is 12 wins better than last year’s shortened 21-win season.
When the Cavaliers drafted Dion Waiters and Tyler Zeller in the first round of this year’s draft, I predicted the teams to be about five games better. After signing C.J. Miles, I said the team improved by two more games. These estimates by me are about what ESPN had the Cavs at in regards to where they would finish this year.
Just like every year, some teams have gotten better and some teams have gotten worse from the previous year. So I believe the ratio from good to bad teams in the East from last year to this year will approximately be the same. With the addition of these new players and the subtractions of players like Antawn Jamison, Anthony Parker and Ramon Sessions I peg the Cavaliers to finish similar to how they did last year.
At the All-Star break of the 2011-12 season the Cavaliers were fighting for the eighth seed in the East. As they went further into the second half of the season, they started to tank. They finished the season 13th in the East out of 15 teams.
The young Cavaliers team will show signs of greatness this season, but they will only be signs. This young squad will put together a nice playoff push two thirds of the way through the season and start to become non-relevant the rest of the way. I believe the Cavs will miss out on the playoffs for the third consecutive year in 2013, finishing the season 11th in the East.
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Cavaliers are not a playoff team, as of now. This 33-win season will be hard to watch, but this team is taking the right steps forward and will return to the playoffs in 2013-14.