Cavaliers’ blowout loss to Bulls proves they’re the worst in the NBA

Cleveland Cavaliers Collin Sexton (Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images)
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The Cavs are the least talented team in the NBA.

This isn’t exactly breaking news. We’ve known this for a while. But it might not have been obvious just how wide the talent gap is between the Cavs and the next-worst team.

Chicago came into this game with the second-worst record in the association and were just a game-and-a-half ahead of the Cavs for the bottom spot. What was noticeable about this game was the striking talent disparity between both teams.

The Bulls are better and more talented than the Cavs at every position. You could make a solid argument that all five of the Bulls starters were better than every one of the Cavs starters. Considering how close the records are, it feels like that shouldn’t be the case.

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We’ve seen bad Cavs teams in the past, but this may be the worst one ever when Kevin Love, Tristan Thompson, and Larry Nance Jr. are out of the lineup. The lack of talent is one thing, but there’s also a lack of vision on both ends of the floor. The offense doesn’t run any discernible sets in the halfcourt and there’s no clear plan on defense.

This combination makes it nearly impossible to evaluate the talent that is on the floor. It’s easy to point to Sexton’s numbers and say that he can’t be an NBA point guard because of his poor assist numbers and inability to score at the rim. However, it’s just as reasonable to ask how the 20-year-old is supposed to generate good offense when nobody moves without the ball and every defender attacks the paint when he drives.

Nobody is going to blame this coaching staff because of the lack of talent. However, the lack of vision and overall plan on either end of the court makes it nearly impossible to evaluate any of the young players on the team.