The Cleveland Cavaliers are going to need a larger number of contributors in 2018-19. They are transitioning towards being a completely different team, with a combination of notable veterans and young pieces playing significant minutes. The last few years have been primarily older teams filled with perimeter shooting around isolation threats. This season should have more of a mixed bag offensively, with younger pieces getting more opportunity to make plays with the ball in their hands, and Kevin Love likely getting more usage with more of an all-around shooting focus.
I don’t see Love as having the famed “Minnesota Love” numbers (26.1 points and 12.5 rebounds in his last year with the Timberwolves in 2013-2014), but he should have a production increase across the board. As we’ve often noted here at KJG, he’s going to be the first scoring option offensively for Cleveland head coach Tyronn Lue.
Cleveland’s offense again will have a steady diet of pick-and-roll, and they’ll have the collective horses for that in George Hill, Collin Sexton, Rodney Hood, Cedi Osman, Larry Nance Jr., Love and Tristan Thompson. For a number of NBA offenses, PnR is going to be a halfcourt bread-and-butter type of set. The Cavs fit that bill, too, as they have quality off-ball players to enable that play type to operate efficiently.
First, let’s take a look at the players that could feasibly lead the Cavaliers in notable offensive categories.