By: Evan Singleton
You are probably reading that title and saying, "What the...?" Well, I am here to say you are not crazy. I mean what I have typed. This team is not a good team. BY ANY MEANS. This really is not even a debatable subject. If you actually think the Cavs are a good team then you either don't understand basketball, or you don't understand...basketball.
I want to make sure as you read this you truly understand what I mean. The Cavs may win plenty of games and go deep into the playoffs, but they are not a good team. They have a couple great players, but all-in-all the word team is not used best when describing them.
The definition of team is as follows:
A group of people with a full set of complementary skills required to complete a task, job, or project.
Team members (1) operate with a high degree of interdependence, (2) share authority and responsibility for self-management, (3) are accountable for the collective performance, and (4) work toward a common goal and shared rewards(s). A team becomes more than just a collection of people when a strong sense of mutual commitment creates synergy, thus generating performance greater than the sum of the performance of its individual members.
Funny... the definition the Cavs hold for team is simply "LeBron James w/ minor contribution from Kyrie Irving...
DO NOT even try to tell me Kevin Love completes that big three. Give me a break. Kevin Love is no game changer. Not even close. He spends most of his time out with injury anyways...
So yeah back to the point. The Cavs are not a good team, they are about two players deep. Now, yes...that is all you need in the NBA, sure. However, the Cavs could win the next five championships with the same roster and still be a bad team. That is just a fact.
They don't work together. They don't gel. They are old, slow, not at all cohesive, nor do they act as one. The Cavs have shown their VULNERABILITY (shoutout to my last article) when playing actual teams. Teams like the Celtics, the Spurs, or the Warriors, etc. Yes, LeBron is incredible. He is the best player in the league, but just like his career has shown, that does not guarantee victories.
On another note, Kyrie Irving is very overrated. I believe he is incredible, do not get me wrong. I am just saying that he really is not as great as people make him out to be. He truly benefits from all of the attention being on LeBron.
In the playoffs you need a bench unit. Do you play them a lot? No. However, when they come in they NEED to contribute. The Cavs have an absolutely terrible bench unit. Yeah they are some popular names, but they are popular old names. And like the entire team, that bench unit does not mesh whatsoever.
Also, this team is constantly yelling at each other and calling each other out. Especially by their leader, their king. This Cavs squad is far different than last year. Hell, they are far different than prior to the All-Star break...
Something is up with them and it is causing them to fall victim to the rest of the league. I can't wait for playoff time to punch this team in the mouth. They are not going as far as everyone seems to think. Mark. My. Words.