After a season in which they finished 22-50 and picked third overall in the draft, this year was looking like it would be just another year of rebuilding for the Cavaliers but after an 18-12 start it’s fair to say that the Cavaliers have been the surprise team of the season. Even with the loss of young guard Colin Sexton after just 11 games the Cavaliers have still managed to be the four seed in the Eastern Conference overall up to this point. The team is currently on a six game win streak and up to this point it has been a total team effort with young stars emerging in Darius Garland, Evan Mobley and Jarrett Allen with contributions from veterans such as Ricky Rubio, along with Kevin Love.
The young trio of stars seem to each be going for major individual accolades, as Garland has arguably been the most vital piece as he is currently making a run at an All-Star selection averaging 18.9 points to go along 7.5 assists. To go along with that Evan Mobley seems to be leading for the Rookie of the Year race currently averaging 13.8 points, 8.3 rebounds along with 3.8 assists a game. And of course there is Jarrett Allen, who has blossomed into a star and has a fantastic chance at most improved player averaging 17.3 points and 11.1 rebounds a game and is showing the world and pundits that Cleveland was correct in pairing him and Mobley in the front court together.
Coach J.B Bickerstaff is also arguably the front runner to win the Coach of the Year and will likely win it should this type of season continue from such a young team. But many times when teams race off to hot starts oftentimes come back to reality and their seasons derail. But in a year in which most of the Eastern Conference has failed to live up to expectations this Cavaliers team feels like a team that looks like a team that could make a serious run at a strong seed in the playoffs. And although it is very unlikely they can win the conference with the star power of teams like the Nets and Bucks, the Cavaliers look like a team that has finally found a strong corps without LeBron James for the first time since drafting him back in 2003.