It’s time to focus our attention on what we do have. And somewhere, buried under all of that distaste for our former King, there’s a Cavalier Fanatic that believes this team can still compete this season. I’m not claiming that we have what it takes to win a championship right now because, as optimistic as I am, I don’t even believe that. But the Cavs have some very steady pieces that, if they work together, could finish the regular season in the top eight in the Eastern Conference. (For those of you that don’t follow me, that means they’ll make the playoffs).
So I am going to take the next couple weeks to break down our current team so that, by the end of this series, maybe we can all see just how dangerous this team can be.
Remember: We’re Clevelanders. There is no counting us out!
So without further ado, let’s take a look at #44 Leon Powe.
Leon Powe – Forward (6’8”, 240)
This one is a little more difficult to speculate. Leon Powe was a significant piece to the Celtics championship run a few years ago. But that was back before his latest knee surgery.
Who knows what kind of recovery Powe is going to make this season?
All I know is that he did not look good at all when he was on the floor last season. He made a few strong moves around the basket. But he was very, very shaky on his legs. He looked much older than 26 years old. That is for sure. And he’ll be playing under a coach whose offensive scheme is based solely upon running the ball up and down the floor as fast as you possibly can. It will be interesting to see whether or not Powe can survive under that sort of scheme.
The good news, however, that when Powe was healthy, he had a very physical style of play. He had the athleticism to run the floor while giving the offense a very physical dynamic. If he can return to that form, Leon Powe will be a very significant piece to this Cavaliers team. If he can’t, he may very well find himself getting shopped around the league at a very low price.
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