Stillwater wrote:JonFromVA wrote:Stillwater wrote:Right with Beilein at least 10 guys have to be efficient reliable cutters, passers and shooters. Getting players like that that also play lock down defense is going to be difficult when they are drafting knock down shooters that don't defend at all at 5,26 and 30.
I think the goal is to be an elite offensive unit that is so good the defensive weakness' won't matter.
Yes, but I presume it's more a matter of emphasis. Of course defense matters, but putting even one weak link on the floor can compromise an offense. The same can be said of a weak link on defense, but team defense is something that can be constantly worked on and improved pretty readily as long as the desire exists.
Or to just steal from recent history, the Cavs owned the East with a pretty simple formula. a) Have a player who demands a double-team, b) Surround him with shooters, and c) Cheat off the other team's weakest offensive player and let him try to beat you.
Now, LeBron is a pretty special player. Double teaming him was pretty much the worst thing you could do to try to slow him down. That's probably not the case with Garland, Sexton, Porter Jr, etc, but that's why we will need more than one guy who can create with the ball in his hands.
good points and I think Garland and KPJ definitely are above avg when it comes to creating for themselves. KPJ was severely slept on to fall to 30 with his elite baseline skill as an isolation player. I would not be surprised if turns out as the #1 option for CLE down the road.
Garland however is a ridiculous shooter with Curry like range which will draw defenders and if players like Cedi improve his shooting along with Sexton continuing to defy early opinions and hit over 40% from deep this roster should raise some eyebrows pretty fast.
BUT... I have zero confidence in the same players that are the best options offensively are high ceiling defenders. avg defenders at best.
Cavs will need to add some wing length to exploit high level offenses in the playoffs in a couple years and they still need an elite rim protector/rim runner
Our rebuild is just getting rolling. If the team can at least be entertaining and win some games by outshooting opponents, that'd be a nice step at this stage. Other stuff can be sorted out over time, including roster construction. More front-court length definitely seems like it will be a priority in the future, but I think it will come with shooting too (ex: Windler). And as far as our tiny backcourt goes, it can be addressed by the emergence of Windler or Porter Jr and telling either Sexton or Garland that we need them coming off the bench.
I'm optimistic because we're finally investing in player development, and should be for a change playing to the strengths of all our players (not just one). When you're team is perceived as young and talented, other team's covet your players.