Reason No. 2: Shooting
As it was fairly obvious in the playoffs, the Cavaliers’ downfall was the pure lack of shooting and spacing on the roster. Mitchell and Garland weren’t good enough, but the glaring lack of shooters and spacing made it very hard for them and the rest of the team to function offensively.
Grant Williams can’t and wouldn’t be the only addition the Cavs would make, it’d seem, however, Williams would certainly help the Cavaliers space the floor more.
WIlliams for his career is a 37.9 percent three-point shooter. This now-past season was Williams’ best year from a scoring standpoint in his career thus far.
Williams averaged 8.1 points and 4.6 rebounds per game, while shooting 39.5 percent from three on an average of 3.7 attempts from that range. As the Cavs roster stands now, he would be Cleveland’s third-best shooter behind Garland and Mitchell and again would really help the spacing.
As of now if the Cavs added Williams, he’d feasibly be their starting 3, because he does play both sides of the court and just spaces the floor much more than Isaac Okoro at this point in his career. One should expect Cleveland to do other things this offseason, as they should be aggressive in what is a big year for this organization.
That said, hypothetically if the Cavs added Dorian Finney-Smith via trade, another player they’ve been linked to, you would see some lineups and even closing ones where they could have Garland/Mitchell, Finney-Smith/Williams at the 3/4 and Mobley as the center. Something like that obviously would open things up much more for Garland and Mitchell, but Mobley at the 5 for a stretch like this could also open up alot for him.
That would make the Cavs much tougher to guard offensively, but defensively they’d still be pretty stout.