The Cleveland Cavaliers should be in better shape with J.B. Bickerstaff firmly at head coach looking onward.
The Cleveland Cavaliers have seemed to have found the right head coach for them in J.B. Bickerstaff. Since arriving in Cleveland as former Cavs head coach John Beilein’s associate head coach, Bickerstaff has worked to turn this franchise around.
With an identity being established and the right pieces being added to the organization, it looks as if that shift could be happening really soon.
The Cavaliers were a bad team last season, and some big changes still have to be made to turn the franchise around.
On the plus side, in the span post-All-Star break leading into the prior NBA season’s novel coronavirus-induced hiatus, the Cavs were a much more respectable 5-6 in the time in which Bickerstaff took over the head coaching reigns for Beilein. They were sixth in the league in assist rate and 10th in effective field goal shooting rate, also.
The Cavs past season would ultimately end out from there, though, as Cleveland was not a squad invited to the 2019-20 season’s Orlando area bubble restart. It was still a small sample with Bickerstaff at head coach, anyway, but Cleveland was building momentum it seemed.
So, overall looking at next season/the near future, while having Bickerstaff is a step in the right direction, the team must make some other internal changes as well, at any rate.
There is a lot that Bickerstaff can do to improve the roster, though, and keep building on how the squad was playing leading into the hiatus.
In that sense, here, we’ll highlight two things Bickerstaff can do to make the Cavs more competent next season.
The first relates to getting up and down more.