In 2022, the Cavaliers had their first All-Star selection since LeBron James left for the Los Angeles Lakers in 2018. Both Darius Garland and Jarrett Allen were named All-Star reserves for the NBA’s 75th All-Star Game, which so happened to be hosted in Cleveland, Ohio.
A year prior, neither player was viewed as a definite All-Star. In fact, Darius Garland’s perception across the league was that he was one of the Association’s worst and least efficient players, often criticized by many reporters and analysts. When Garland broke out into stardom in the 2021-22 season, his All-Star appearance was a tremendous victory in his redemption campaign.
For Jarrett Allen, his All-Star selection proved that the former Brooklyn Nets big man was more than a solid defender with a memorable hairstyle. He began receiving more recognition for his staggering defense and scoring ability inside. While neither Garland nor Allen were selected to the All-Star Game in 2023, the Cavaliers still had newly acquired Donovan Mitchell named to the All-Star starters list.
With the 2023-24 season on its way and many major shifts around the league with the Damian Lillard trade finally settled, the Cleveland Cavaliers will excitedly hope to see their organization being able to announce All-Star selections for members of the Cavs once again.
In the offseason, the Cavs added much-needed depth to the roster, another element that could serve to elevate the greatness of their current stars and earn them another All-Star selection. Additionally, with Evan Mobley gaining another year of experience and already collecting accolades for his defense, Cleveland will hopefully witness Mobley’s name on the All-Star list for the first time.
With four players with the pedigree worthy of selection, how does Cleveland’s core four rank in terms of the likelihood of their selection as All-Stars in the 2023-24 season?