Cleveland Cavaliers 2014 Draft Overview
Round 1, Pick 1, Andrew Wiggins, SG/SF, Kansas
Round 2, Pick 33, Joe Harris, SG, Virginia
4-7-14: With a 2-1 week, the Cavaliers have now won five of their last six games, but it looks like they will not be able to sneak into the playoffs. However, Kyrie Irving, who was out since suffering a biceps injury on March 16, might give them a chance. He practiced on Tuesday and played the following night after missing eight games. In his return, Irving put up 17 points, eight assists and six rebounds in the blowout victory over the Magic in Orlando. Dion Waiters also helped Cleveland as he put up game-highs in points in each of the Cavaliers’ victories this past week.
4-1-14: The Cavaliers are hanging around as we approach the end of March. They won three of their four contests this past week, and most importantly, they went 3-0 against Eastern Conference opponents. After losing to the Houston Rockets on Saturday in Cleveland, the Cavaliers went to Madison Square Garden in hopes of ending their four-game losing streak. Jarrett Jack put up 31 points and a game-high 10 assists as the Cavaliers made a huge comeback to beat the New York Knicks, 106-100. Cleveland then beat the Toronto Raptors by two points on Tuesday and defeated the Detroit Pistons by one point on Wednesday.
3-24-14: As the projected Eastern Conference playoff teams continue to play well, the Cavaliers are looking less and less likely that they will make the postseason. They dropped three of their four contests this past week, and Kyrie Irving could be out for the rest of the season. On Friday, Spencer Hawes scored 22 points and grabbed 13 rebounds to help the Cavaliers to a 103-94 victory over the Golden State Warriors. Unfortunately, Cleveland has struggled since then. On Sunday, Irving suffered a left biceps injury, and the Cavaliers lost by 22 points to the Los Angeles Clippers. Then, Cleveland dropped games to the Miami Heat and Oklahoma City Thunder.
3-17-14: The Cavaliers are fighting for their playoff lives as we get closer to the end of the season, but they unfortunately lost to two of the teams that are nearby in the standings. On Friday, Cleveland fell by nine points to the Charlotte Bobcats. Then on Saturday, Kyrie Irving put up game-highs in points and assists, but the Cavaliers lost to the New York Knicks by double digits. However, the night was not all bad. The organization retired Zydrunas Ilgauskas’ No. 11 at halftime that evening. Then, the Anthony Bennett-less Cavaliers got some rest before their three-game road trip. They started it off very well, as they beat the Phoenix Suns, 110-101.
3-10-14: Friday was a fantastic night for the Cavaliers. They hosted the Utah Jazz and put on a show. Kyrie Irving registered his first career triple-double as he put up 21 points, 12 assists and 10 rebounds in the Cavaliers’ 99-79 win. However, the success was short-lived. The Cavaliers brought their two-game winning streak into Memphis the following night and lost by 14 points. Then, on Tuesday, former Cavalier Danny Green scored 24 points to help the San Antonio Spurs beat Cleveland. Dion Waiters returned from a seven-game absence to score 24 points that night.
3-3-14: The Cavs will continue their popular bobblehead giveaways this season with a Kyrie Irving bobblehead night at Tuesday's game vs San Antonio. While the basketball allure of the late 00's battles between Duncan and LeBron may be gone, the Cavs counter with some of the cheapest tickets in the NBA. It'll currently cost you $11 for a ticket to the game and your bobblehead.
3-2-14: At the beginning of the season, the Cavaliers did not expect to have such a difficult schedule at this time of the year. However, the Toronto Raptors and Washington Wizards have become two of the Eastern Conference’s best teams with the exception of the Miami Heat and Indiana Pacers. The Cavaliers kept it close in each of those three games, but they lost to the Raptors twice and to the Wizards once. However, Cleveland bounced back to stop a three-game losing streak with a double-digit win over the leading team in the Western Conference, the Oklahoma City Thunder. Kyrie Irving led the way with 31 points as the Cavaliers snagged the important victory.
2-24-14: It was an eventful All-Star weekend for the Cavaliers, as they had participants on each night. Even though Dion Waiters was a part of the random draw during the Rising Stars Challenge draft, he was stellar in the exhibition contest. He scored a team-high 31 points on 10-of-14 shooting and dished off seven assists as well. After taking part in the 3-Point Shootout, Kyrie Irving stepped up his play for the All-Star game. He scored 31 points and dished off 14 assists en route to winning the MVP award. Although Waiters went down with a knee injury on Tuesday, the Cavaliers kept up the great week by pushing their winning streak to six games with wins over the Philadelphia 76ers and Orlando Magic. Cleveland also acquired Spencer Hawes from the 76ers this past week.
2-18-14: It only took a firing of the team’s general manager to get the Cavaliers into gear. By winning each of their four games this past week, they now own their longest winning streak since 2010. Mike Brown’s squad outshot its opponent in all four of those victories to push the franchise’s record to 15-6 this season when having a better field-goal percentage. Although Luol Deng missed Friday’s game because he was under the weather, Kyrie Irving played through an illness of his own to put up 23 points and a game-high 12 assists in the two-point win at Washington. Although Deng only scored nine points in his return to the lineup on Sunday, Irving’s game-high 28 points led the Cavaliers over the Memphis Grizzlies in overtime. Then, Anthony Bennett’s career-highs in points and rebounds in addition to Deng’s game-high 22 points equaled a double-digit win against the Sacramento Kings on Tuesday. On the next night, Tristan Thompson’s game-high 25 points in Detroit got the Cavs another win.
2-10-14: Unfortunately for the Cavaliers, their losing streak continued this past week. They played three opponents from the Western Conference and lost each of the games by double digits. Cleveland’s three-game, five-day road trip did not go well at all. They lost those games by more than 20 points per contest. They finished the trip on Monday at Dallas and even had Anderson Varejao in the lineup after a three-game absence. However, with the 17-point loss to the Mavericks that evening, the Cavaliers dropped their 32nd game of the season, which meant that they had twice as many losses as victories in 2013-14. Then on Wednesday, the franchise’s week got even worse. Kyrie Irving was benched for the entire fourth quarter as the extremely depleted Lakers’ roster beat the Cavaliers, and consequently, they fired general manager Chris Grant.
2-4-14: Although the Cleveland basketball franchise is trying to make the playoffs, wins have been rare for the 2013-14 Cavaliers. They finished their five-game homestand with a 1-4 record and then began a difficult three-game road trip. Their only recent victory was at home against the league-worst Milwaukee Bucks. Kyrie Irving’s 10 points and game-high 10 assists led the way as the Cavaliers won by 15 points. Then, the team’s current losing streak began. After Cleveland fell to the Phoenix Suns, the news got even worse. Anderson Varejao was diagnosed with a knee contusion and missed the team’s next two games. Anthony Bennett scored a career-high 15 points on Tuesday, but the Cavaliers lost to the New Orleans Pelicans. Mike Brown then took his team to New York, and Cleveland lost by 31 points.
1-27-14: The Cavaliers continue to falter in their attempt to move into playoff position. Although they defeated the Nuggets in Denver on Friday to move to 10 games below .500, they then dropped home games to the Dallas Mavericks and Chicago Bulls. The Cavaliers’ comeback in their matinee game on Monday fell just short against the Mavericks, and they then lost in Luol Deng’s first career game against the Bulls. While the Cavaliers fell in their final two games of the week, Anderson Varejao is finally staying healthy as he continues to put up impressive numbers. He averaged 12 points and 16 rebounds in the three games this past week.
1-20-14: The Cavaliers sacrificed some of their future to try to make the playoffs this season, and thus far, they are on the outside looking in at the top eight in the Eastern Conference. Cleveland traded Andrew Bynum and three draft picks to the Chicago Bulls in exchange for Luol Deng, who will be an unrestricted free agent after the 2013-14 season. Deng has scored double-digit points in each of his four games with the Cavaliers, and the team already has four wins in the month of January after having just five in all of December. In addition, it was great for Mike Brown to get revenge on the Los Angeles Lakers, as his squad won, 120-118, in his return to the Staples Center.
1-7-14: The Cavaliers’ frustrating season is going from bad to worse. The organization announced Andrew Bynum is indefinitely suspended for conduct detrimental to the team. Then, Cleveland lost to the Boston Celtics, Golden State Warriors and Indiana Pacers to push the team’s losing streak to a season-long six games. In addition, Kyrie Irving now has a left knee contusion and will be out for at least a few more days. However, the Cavaliers oddly stopped their losing streak in the first game Irving missed this season. Anderson Varejao scored 18 points, which tied his season-high, and he grabbed a season-best 25 boards in Cleveland’s home win over the Magic.
12-30-13: Dion Waiters’ wrist tendinitis held him out of Friday’s contest against the Milwaukee Bucks, but Kyrie Irving stepped up with a game-high 39 points to get the Cavaliers their 10th win of the season. However, Waiters remained sidelined for the next two games, and Cleveland lost to both the Chicago Bulls and Detroit Pistons. It marked the first time in 20 months that the Cavaliers dropped consecutive games by more than 15 points each. The Cavaliers fought hard on Thursday against the Atlanta Hawks, but Irving’s 40 points and Waiters’ return were not enough for them to win. Jeff Teague’s buzzer-beater led to Cleveland’s first overtime loss in over a year.
12-22-13: With their 109-100 victory at Orlando on Friday, the Cavaliers won three consecutive games for the first time this season. In fact, the last time they had a longer winning streak was during the 2009-10 season. However, Cleveland’s schedule then took a turn for the worst. Kyrie Irving and his teammates had to face the Miami Heat on the second night of a back-to-back and then traveled home to take on the Portland Trail Blazers two days later. The Cavaliers dropped both games, but only lost by a combined 10 points. The team will have to keep fighting hard as Dion Waiters is dealing with wrist tendinitis.
12-13-13: After a rough start to the season, it has been going pretty well for the projected playoff basketball team in Cleveland. After defeating the Clippers and Knicks, the Cavaliers have won four of their last five games for the first time this season. Although their loss on Friday to the Hawks in Atlanta was by 19 points, the Cavaliers already have three wins in December after having only four in all of November. In addition, after Kyrie Irving was held scoreless in the Hawks game, he bounced back to score a combined 57 points in the last two games.
12-6-13: Although the Cavaliers lost their fifth game in a row on Friday at Boston, they bounced back with two important victories at home. Cleveland had yet another strong showing on the second night of a back-to-back, as they defeated the Chicago Bulls on Saturday. Then on Wednesday, the rested Cavaliers won by double digits to snap the Denver Nuggets’ seven-game winning streak. In addition, this is the first time this season that Cleveland has won two straight games. For a team that was reportedly shopping Dion Waiters a week ago, the Cavaliers might finally be settling into the 2013-14 season.
11-28-13: The disgruntled Cavalier locker room can’t seem to right the ship, as they have now lost four games in a row and seven of their last eight. Cleveland, now 4-11 on the season, is also facing issues with former number four pick Dion Waiters who is firmly on the proverbial trading block. Cleveland’s issues at the SF position have spurred rumors of Waiters going to Chicago for Luol Deng, New York for Iman Shumpert and to Philadelphia for Evan Turner.
11-22-13: After a players only meeting and a media-created “Where in the world is Dion Waiters” story, things aren’t quite going on the uptick that Cavs fans expected. Sitting at 4-8 on the season and losing four of their last five games, rumblings are already being created in Cleveland that a move needs to be made. Is Kyrie a leader? Is Bynum alive? Will Anthony Bennett ever make a shot? After Wednesday night’s loss to the Wizards, Mike Brown publicly called his team out saying that the only player that competed on the night was Matthew Dellavedova – an undrafted rookie, on a team filled with top lottery picks. Did we mention that Anthony Bennett is shooting 5-37 on the season? Yeah.
11-15-13: After a solid 3-2 start, the Cavs have dipped in their play in week three, dropping to just 3-6 with two straight losses leading into Friday night. After an intense win over the Philadelphia 76ers in a game that yielded 252 combined points, Cleveland got shut down on offense by the Bulls and simply couldn’t keep up with the Timberwolves. In addition, Cleveland endured a minor injury scare involving star point guard Kyrie Irving. Irving would end up being OK, however, and with center Andre Bynum slowly working his way into shape, the Cavs are looking ahead with optimism.
11-8-13: Despite getting almost nothing out of their two new prized bigs, free agent acquisition Andrew Bynum and #1 overall draft pick Anthony Bennett, the Cavs are still 2-3 and playing competitive basketball. With wins over the Nets and Timberwolves on their resume through their first five games, it looks like the Cavaliers have some real upside with star point guard Kyrie Irving leading the way. And if Bynum and Bennett ever feel like living up to the hype, the Cavs might even start thinking seriously about the playoffs.
11-1-13: After missing the playoffs each of the last three seasons, the Cavaliers have a new coach and new confidence. Mike Brown is ready to instill a winning attitude in Cleveland. Health will determine the Cavaliers’ chances, as they will be depending on Kyrie Irving, Dion Waiters, Anderson Varejao and Andrew Bynum. Near the end of the preseason, Cleveland also made some roster moves. They waived four players to trim the roster for the regular season. In addition, the Cavaliers are shaping their core of players after exercising the fourth-year contract options on Irving and Tristan Thompson as well as the third-year options on Waiters and Tyler Zeller.
10-18-13: Kyrie Irving is one of the up and coming players in the NBA and has a very bright future ahead of him as long as the injury bug doesn’t bite him. The Cavaliers have played very good basketball this preseason which has led them to a 3-1 record, in their last game Irving was able to score 12 of his 15 points in the third quarter before being pulled. The Cavs have four games remaining in the preseason:
- October 19 vs Indiana
- October 21 vs Philadelphia
- October 23 vs Washington
- October 24 @ Charlotte
8-23-13: While the pain of losing LeBron James may never subside, Cavs fans once again have a team to be proud of. With Kyrie Irving blossoming into a superstar and Dion Waiters, Tristan Thompson and first overall pick Anthony Bennett ready to support, Cleveland is likely bound for a return trip to the playoffs this year. The ultimate free agency steal was signing Andrew Bynum to two-year, $25M contract with just $6M guaranteed. If Bynum returns to the player he was last season, Cleveland could make a serious leap into contention in a suddenly top-heavy Eastern Conference.
LeBron and the Miami Heat will make their boo-filled return to Cleveland on Wednesday, November 27th and again on Tuesday, March 18th. Derrick Rose and the Chicago Bulls visit Cleveland on a Saturday night on November 30th before making their final trip into Cavs territory on Wednesday, January 22nd. Dwight Howard and the Houston Rockets will show up ready to battle with Bynum on Saturday March 22nd.
Key Home Games:
- October 30th – Brooklyn Nets
- November 27th – Miami Heat
- December 7th – L.A. Clippers
- January 5th – Indiana Pacers
- February 5th – L.A. Lakers
8-22-13: The Cavs have signed top draft pick Anthony Bennett to his guaranteed rookie deal. It's not known exactly what he'll make, but the deal can be worth up to $22.8 million over four seasons.
7-10-13: The Cavaliers and Andrew Bynum have agreed on a two-year deal. The deal includes $6 million of $12 million guaranteed in year one and a team option for the 2014-15 season for $12.5M.
7-1-13: In what was a huge surprise for the first overall pick in the 2013 NBA draft The Cleveland Cavaliers selected power forward Anthony Bennett From UNLV. Coming off recent shoulder surgery Many analysts were not sure How this would affect his draft status. Apparently the Cavs were not worried. Bennett is an explosive forward with a wingspan of 7-1. This is the second year in a row the Cleveland Cavaliers have selected the first overall pick in the NBA draft And according to their owner Dan Gilbert he hopes this is the last year they're in the lottery. Anthony Bennett should make a good pair with the backcourt of Kyrie Irving and Dion Waiters. Last year the Cavaliers one only 24 Games. Tickets at Cavaliers games average $69 last year And with the rebuilding process continuing with the addition of Anthony Bennett It would be no surprises to see an increase in average ticket prices for Cavs home games.
6-28-13: Cavaliers 2013 Draft Summary
Round 1, Pick 1: PF Anthony Bennett, UNLV.
Round 1, Pick 19: SF Sergey Karasev, Russia.
Round 2, Pick 1: SG Allen Crabbe, Cal.
Round 2, Pick 3: SG Caririck Felix, Arizona State.
6-12-13: Kyrie Irving had a sensational year. Averaging over 22 points per game, the all-star point guard is rising toward the top of the league in terms of point guards. To put it simply, the man needs some help. Fortunately for Kyrie and co. help might just be on the way. The Cavs will select number one overall and again in the 19th slot. This year’s draft is not overly loaded with talent but with two picks within the top 20 they should find quality players ready to contribute. Already on the roster is shooting guard Dion Waiters, who if healthy, can be a consistent number two option for the Cavs offense.
2-27-13: Behind all-star guard Kyrie Irving the Cavs have had some signature wins despite a rough season in the last place. Although Cleveland has struggled since LeBron James left, the future is bright as long as they have Kyrie in it. At 20-38 the Cavs will next face the LA Clippers in Cleveland followed by the Knicks at home as well. Kyrie has averaged great numbers night in and night out, putting up over 23 points and 5 assists per game. Cleveland should be expected to continue to add talented youth to their roster using this year’s draft to help them. Headed for the lottery once again should enable them to get a high pick and flip it into a talented young player who can join their productive youth movement.
11-26-12: The cavs are yet another young team who will be missing their best player for a good amount of time. Kyrie Irving, the team’s all-star point guard is out with a broken finger. It would be safe to assume this team is headed toward the lottery once again as they continue to rebuild.