The Cleveland Cavaliers are making an impressive start to the season as they are currently fifth in the Eastern Conference with a 20-15 record. Collin Sexton already suffered an injury at the end of the season at the start of the season. But the fate of the injury worsened even more after Ricky Rubio suffered another massive blow in the Cavaliers season with a torn ACL injury suffered against the New Orleans Pelicans. Unfortunately, this is Rubio’s second break at ACL on the left knee for his career.
With the lack of backyard depth in Cleveland, they have to find other individuals to grow in their absence or gain new faces in their organization. of The Cavaliers are in serious talks to get Rajon Rondo from the Los Angeles Lakers, who would give a massive boost to completing the ball handling duties with Darius Garland. Even before they have Rondo on their squad, there are still some current players who need to increase their output for Cleveland to continue their success.
As the fifth overall pick in the 2020 NBA Draft, Isaac Okoro did not meet that billing at the earliest moment of his career. While he continues to be in the first unit, head coach JB Bickerstaff still has maximum confidence in him to eventually find his rhythm and continue to be a force at both ends. Despite his athleticism and dexterity, Okoro has yet to find his base in the NBA.
Without Sexton and Rubio, he may need to take on some of the responsibilities of games that are heavily worked out with their guards. Okoro has already shown brilliant brilliance as he amassed 16-20 points in a four-game span this season before entering health and safety protocols. Moreover, Okoro played over 30 minutes in each of the last 10 games last season, as he recorded double-digit points in nine of the 10 games, highlighted by a 32-point exit against the Phoenix Suns.
Cedi Osman is another wing for the Cavs that has been impressive this season. His long-distance dexterity and scoring skills have been used as a catalyst in the second unit as he has scored over 20 points on four different occasions this season. He has not started any games this year yet, but may need to increase his load and minutes on the bench as you will be missing Sexton and Rubio for the rest of the season.
Osmani cannot be expected to have numbers similar to Rubion in terms of relief, but he can bring another look to the Cavs formations. Osman could have been more consistent with his core ability in converting more shots from outside, which would have made the point guard job easier. Moreover, Osman’s ability to open the floor gives Evan Mobley and Jarrett Allen more opportunities to dominate the paint even more than usual.
Garland is the natural answer to declare about the future male mentality, but it would be difficult for this man to increase his figures even more. He is already in the middle of a career year, where he currently has an average of 19.5 points and 7.3 assists in the shooting divisions of 47.9% / 38.4% / 90.5%. Garland could be selected in his first appearance in the All-Star Game, which would be a tremendous achievement for a Cavs representative to be present at the game in Cleveland.
Garland is already playing 34.2 minutes per game with a usage percentage of 25.9%. These two numbers will definitely increase, but the most important aspect are the spare and complementary parts around Garland. The defenders would formulate their game plan to force Garland to give up the ball and force others to create offense for their team. Thus, it would be integral to find secondary ball holders that would reduce the load on the Garland.
With numerous experienced teams at the end of Cleveland, they should seek solutions to their problems immediately. Many of their key players have been in and out of the lineup also due to health and safety protocols and injuries, but they must maintain their success early in the season if they want to hold back players like the Philadelphia 76ers, Boston Celtics. , and the Atlanta Hawks.
These three aforementioned have reached the play-offs with the current core of their lineups already, but the Cavs are an organization that has not yet proven itself at that stage since the departure of LeBron James. Even with an impoverished roster, this is still the opportunity for Cleveland to leave its mark for years to come, as they continue to be a constant legitimate playoff threat.