Although the Cleveland Cavaliers are still in third place in the Eastern Conference with an 18-11 record, they’re very much still a work in progress.
Y'all ever just think sometimes about how the Cavs have Donovan Mitchell & Darius Garland & Evan Mobley & Jarrett Allen?
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But the first third of the season has also revealed some not-so-pleasant truths about the Cavs, but the good news is that they have lots of room for improvement, not to mention some scary potential.
These two areas, once rectified, could allow them to really take off and perhaps challenge for a spot in the NBA Finals sooner than expected.
1. Cleveland’s Bench Is Not Exactly Potent
The Cavs have one of the better starting lineups in the league, but their bench is woefully weak, especially offensively.
As of this writing, they rank just 27th in the NBA in bench production at 28.0 points per game, and that bench also ranks 24th in 3-point shooting percentage.
2. The Wing Position Needs Improvement
But so far, none have stood out as consistent 3-and-D players.
Finding one, either through internal improvement or a trade, would help the Cavs get to the next level.