T’was July 8th 2010 when Cleveland was forced into rebuilding. Not that they particularly needed it at the time.
They had a young superstar unlike any other player in the game today, and to go along that a solid core of role-players lead by defensive savant Anderson Varejao. But as soon as The Decision was made, everything went to hell and the Cavs ended up with a top pick (courtesy of the Clippers) and the 4th pick in the draft (courtesy of their own incompetence).
In an ironic twist, the Cavs went from being lucky in an absolutely loaded draft class, to being lucky in a mediocre draft class with a lot of boom or bust hanging around some players, and with high floor low ceiling guys to complement them. They took the safest bet in Kyrie Irving and gambled for Tristan Thompson. So far, it seems they made all the right moves.
Irving is having a very good rookie year, a year that will probably come down to him and Ricky Rubio, while Tristan Thompson might try and sneak into the All-Rookie first team. Unfortunately for him, he’ll probably have to go through a certain Sun to get there. Markieff Morris has been one of the steals of this draft, and you gotta love what he’s done with his game thus far. That battle will be something to watch out for once the game begins, as both of the forwards will come off the bench.
Now, the Suns absolutely have to win this game, and they have to do it early. They are playing New Jersey tomorrow, and while that should be an easy game as well, the Suns wouldn’t want to tire out Nash and Hill before facing off against Deron Williams and the three other Williams’. The Suns are certainly capable of blowing the Cavs out of the water, especially if they force the ball into Antawn Jamison early and make sure he turns into the offensive black hole he is.
The only question left is: Will we see the battle of the fros? Robin Lopez vs Anderson Varejao should be entertaining if you love yourself some terrible hairdos.