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Wednesday, July 22, 2009

The Evolution of Cleveland's Roster Since 2007

The Cleveland Cavaliers advanced to the NBA Finals in 2007 but GM Danny Ferry did not rest on his laurels; instead, he traded away starters Drew Gooden and Larry Hughes plus reserves Donyell Marshall and Shannon Brown in exchange for Ben Wallace and Joe Smith. That move made the Cavs older but added frontcourt depth and versatility. Holdouts by Anderson Varejao and Sasha Pavlovic--and Pavlovic's subsequent injuries--prevented the Cavs from completely jelling in 2008 but they still pushed the eventual champion Boston Celtics to seven games in the playoffs. Ferry then acquired point guard Mo Williams and the Cavs raced to the best record in the NBA in 2009, only to fall to the Orlando Magic in the Eastern Conference Finals. Ferry promptly reloaded for the 2010 season by acquiring Shaquille O'Neal and Anthony Parker, while signing an offer sheet for restricted free agent Jamario Moon (the Miami Heat still have the opportunity to match that offer and retain Moon).

In my newest CavsNews article, I examine just how much Ferry has upgraded Cleveland's roster in the past two years:

The Evolution of Cleveland's Roster Since 2007

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posted by David Friedman @ 1:26 AM

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At Wednesday, July 22, 2009 3:30:00 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Good work!

By the way, how about an article concerning AI? Whem you wrote about the repercussions of his trade to the Pistons i always got the impression that you are one of the few sportswriters who don't just see him as a lost case. That's why i would be really interested in your opinion on the question if there still is a situation in which Iversen can be a valuable part of a team. Is he really such a bad fit if erverything doesn't revolve around him? If not, which team might profit from signing him?
Of course, that's just a proposition. I know that's a lot of work for next to nothing...

Best regards, DB from Germany

 
At Wednesday, July 22, 2009 4:23:00 PM, Blogger David Friedman said...

DB:

In the 2008 season, Iverson averaged 26.4 ppg (third in the NBA) for a 50 win team while shooting a career-high .345 from three point range and .458 (second best percentage of his career) overall from the field. It is silly to think that Iverson cannot still be a highly productive scorer.

However, Iverson's value in the marketplace was damaged last season. Part of that is Detroit's fault and part of that is Iverson's fault; Dumars brought in Iverson and said that the Pistons would take advantage of Iverson's ability to create shots for himself and others, using that ability to make their offense more potent than it had been previously--but the Pistons rarely did that (the few times that they did it, Iverson played well and the Pistons won, including a victory over the eventual champion Lakers). The Pistons are fixated on the idea that Stuckey is their pg of the future, so they decided that either Hamilton or Iverson had to come off of the bench. Both players balked at this idea but Iverson is the one who got widely criticized and ultimately sent home. The Pistons completely misused Iverson and never took advantage of his skills but Iverson should have probably kept his mouth shut, been a good soldier and then signed with someone else. Instead, Iverson has repeatedly said that he would rather retire than come off of the bench, which has made a lot of teams leery about signing him. Former MVPs Bob McAdoo and Bill Walton came off of the bench for championship teams, so Iverson should not have dismissed out of hand the idea of doing this, though I can understand why he did not want to play behind an unproven player like Stuckey, who the Pistons have vastly overrated.

 
At Wednesday, July 22, 2009 6:29:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thank you for your analysis. Maybe one should add that he might be a victim of the economic situation, too. After all, Iverson probably doesn't want to play for something like the MLE and most teams obviously are extremely reluctant to spend money on really big contracts - especially for a veteran who is said to have disciplinary problems...

Anyway, thanks for your efforts.

Best regards DB

 
At Wednesday, July 22, 2009 10:58:00 PM, Blogger David Friedman said...

DB:

Yes, there is no doubt that the economic situation not only is impacting Iverson but also many other players and teams.

 

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