There is going to be a lot invested from the Cleveland Cavaliers in this year’s draft. Not only is the legitimacy of this
year’s draft resting on the success of its earliest picks going to Cleveland, but the Cavaliers’ future, at least the next two or three years, will be determined.
It just seems a bit unbecoming that the franchise has to depend on the performance of a couple of players who have yet to prove themselves at the professional level. Any player speculated to be picked by Cleveland will be somewhat high caliber, but the brand should not solely lie in their hands, especially when neither of the chosen ones will live up to any of the superstars in the past drafts.
There is no Blake Griffin, it is sad to say. If only Cleveland could lure some bigger name stars to their front door, the team could have a better chance at contention.
Why is there a forbidden fruit aura around the city?
There is always hesitation in bigger name athletes to flock towards smaller markets like the Cleveland Cavaliers. The success of Oklahoma City and Memphis gives off a glimpse of hope for smaller markets nationwide, but those teams have young established players steadfast in their beliefs to succeed with the franchise they rode in on, with the exception of Zach Randolph.
Randolph may have taken time to find his home with the Grizzlies, but the past playoffs series against San Antonio proved how comfortable he is playing in Memphis’ system. Cleveland has a long list of role players, but there is a not a solid athlete on the team. Players like Rudy Gay, when healthy, Deron Williams, Lamarcus Aldridge and Chris Paul, are able to alter the image of a smaller market team and take over consistently whenever necessary. These men draw crowds and even though, crowd attendance to their games may be shaky, they’re always interesting to watch play.
Cleveland does not have a player within their ranks that can make the game entertaining to watch and root for. The Cavaliers must attempt to sell the idea of rebuilding greatness to bring in some bigger name players, instead of laying the success of the team in the hands of a true rookie.