The Cleveland Cavaliers have gone to the NBA finals the past 4 seasons and are now the worst team in the NBA, how is this possible and what should they do? The Cavs lost to the Boston Celtics last night putting their record at 9-40, the worst in the NBA. The Cavs have been absolutely atrocious this season after being one of the best teams in the NBA the last five years. Their success in the past was largely in part to arguably the greatest player in the history of the NBA, Lebron James. Of course, Lebron left in the offseason to take his talents to Los Angeles to play for the Lakers. It’s crazy to think that one player could make such a difference to an entire basketball team but the 2018-2019 Cavaliers are proving it.
The Cavs have been playing without their star veteran player Kevin Love for most of the season and have had lingering injuries from Tristan Thompson, Larry Nance Jr, and J.R. Smith, all key players in last year’s championship run. They also fired the coach that brought them to those four straight finals, Ty Lou, six games into the season. Being so far out of any playoff contention before the midpoint of the season the Cavs are left with no choice but to tank and let their young players take form. First round pick Collin Sexton has been having a fine year producing 14.6 points per game and averaging just about three rebounds and assists per game as well. Other young players such as Cedi Osman and Larry Nance Jr provide optimism for Cavs fans as they are both having quality seasons. The Cavs frankly just don’t have the pieces they need to be an effective team in the NBA right now and their record shows.
The Cavaliers will be looking to dump many players at the trade deadline hoping to secure more cap space for the 2019 offseason and a couple more draft picks. Cleveland will most likely be picking in the top five during the NBA Draft which is full of young studs like Zion Williamson, RJ Barrett, and Ja Morant. The 2018-2019 season will be one to throw away for Cavs fans, but the future is bright.