3 Takeaways from the first week of the Cavaliers’ season

Evan Mobley, Cleveland Cavaliers. (Photo by Ken Blaze-USA TODAY Sports)
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1. Max Strus is worth every penny

When Max Strus signed a four-year, $62.3 million deal with the Cavs, many questioned if he was overpaid, and that he was only good because of Heat Culture. It is still very early in the season, but Strus has done his part to put those doubters to rest.

In the first game against the Brooklyn Nets, Strus set the Cavs record for most three-pointers made in a debut, as he was a blistering seven-of-13 from long range. He also added 12 rebounds. He had a rough game against the Thunder, as he only scored eight points, and was held to two-of-11 from three-point range. However, he then bounced back against the Pacers with 21 points on four-of-nine from three, and he also added 11 rebounds and six assists.

Strus struggled against the Knicks, but the entire Cavs roster did. His impact on the Cavs goes beyond the stat sheet though. His constant movement has opened up the offensive end of the floor for the Cavs and has allowed guys like Mitchell, Isaac Okoro, and Evan Mobley to thrive with more spacing.

Strus has also showcased strong rebounding, and defending for the Cavs in the early going as well, and that has been huge with Allen being out. If Strus can keep this level of play up when everyone is back to full health, then the Cavs can reach their potential.