Team LeBron defeated Team Curry in the 2018 NBA All-Star Game, 148-145. LeBron James was named the MVP. He had 29 points, 10 rebounds and 8 assists. It was the high point of the season, for the man they call “King James.”
The Cavs have been in a NBA Finals “hangover” all year. After making it to their 3rd straight NBA Finals, Kyrie Irving left, for what he thought was greener pastures, in Boston. In came Isaiah Thomas, Jae Crowder, Dwyane Wade, Derrick Rose, and Jeff Green. This group never looked in sync. They couldn’t defend players off the dribble and at times they appeared to be old and slow. All that changed at the trading deadline.
Everyone mentioned above (Besides Jeff Green) was traded.
25 -year -old, 6’8, Rodney Hood…
The Former Duke star can be a light out three-point shooter. Hood was averaging 16.7 points per game before he was traded from Utah. If his shot is working, he is an upgrade from JR Smith at the 2-guard position. He can also play small forward at times. With his length and athleticism, he can be a very good defender, if he puts his mind to it.
25-year-old, 6’5 Jordan Clarkson…
Over the last 10 games Clarkson is shooting 62% from the floor. He does a decent job of rebounding and assists, averaging a little over 3 each per contest. This is an absolute upgrade from Rose and Wade. Clarkson can stretch the floor and get to the rim on occasion. Plus he can play the point or shooting guard position.
25- year-old, 6’9, Larry Nance Jr…
Nance could turn out to be the best player in this trade. The runner up in the NBA Slam Dunk Contest is beyond athletic and appears to have a very impressive work ethic. In limited minutes, Nance is averaging close to 9 points and 7 rebounds per game. The more time he plays the better his numbers will be. Nance is a career 67% free throw shooter, so when teams go small in the 4th quarter, look for him to play the center position, instead of Tristan Thompson.
31-year-old 6-3, George Hill…
In 2016-17, Hill averaged 17 points, shot 40% from three and 80% from the free throw line. Hill will be a perfect fit in the Cavs starting lineup. The point guard doesn’t need volume shots to provide value on the court. He is a steady ball handler, a good shooter and a very good defender. At 6’3 190lbs he has the size and strength to defend any point guard in the NBA and he can play off the ball and shoot the wide open three.
With these additions and the emergence of 22- year-old, 6’8, Cedi Osman, the Cavs have gotten younger, more athletic and longer defensively. Anyone of these players can carry a team offensively for a quarter, a half or a game. They can all average 15 or more points on any given night as well.
The Cleveland Cavaliers will go to their 4th straight NBA finals and look for them to go on a run of winning 17 out of 20 games.
The Cavs are back on track.
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