It seems like the last time the Cleveland Cavaliers were NBA Championship contenders was decades ago but no, they made the NBA Finals just three years ago. However, they've been far from a good team ever since and it'll be a while before they get back on their feet.
The Cavaliers have some tradeable and very valuable assets that they could flip for more young players and draft picks. They have some intriguing talents like Kevin Porter Jr but it feels like they lack that future superstar that could get them over the hump.
Barring a miracle, the Cleveland Cavaliers won't make the playoffs any time soon so next year will focus mostly on developing their young core. In the following paragraphs, we'll let you know about their projected starting lineup for the 2020-21 season.
Bench: Dante Exum, Matthew Dellavedova, Kevin Porter Jr., Damyean Dotson, Cedi Osman, Dylan Windler, Lamar Stevens, Larry Nance Jr., Dean Wade, JaVale McGee, Thon Maker, Marques Bolden
Point Guard: Darius Garland
Darius Garland is coming off an underwhelming rookie year after entering the NBA with high hopes but also a lot of doubts. Garland showed flashes of great potential at Vanderbilt before suffering a season-ending injury and it's clear that he needs more time to adjust to the pros.
Garland can still turn into quite a solid scorer, especially with his sweet shooting stroke. The playmaking is also there, but the Cavaliers shared the ball between him and Collin Sexton and that didn't do any good for either of them last year.
Shooting Guard: Collin Sexton
Collin Sexton, A.K.A the Young Bull will be under a lot of pressure next season. There are a lot of people who believe that he's a bust and even some of his teammates reportedly felt like he didn't have what it takes to make it in the Association.
Sexton must break out this year to finally silence his critics and prove that he belongs in the league. He's an athletic freak with a bulked-up frame that should be more aggressive and make the most of his physical traits, but he must stop forcing things.
Small Forward: Isaac Okoro
If there's something to look forward to next season if you're a Cleveland Cavaliers fan that's definitely Isaac Okoro. While he may not be the most skilled scorer in the league thus far, he's got the tools and physical traits to turn into a solid offensive weapon.
Moreover, his NBA-ready defense will turn a lot of heads right out of the gate, that's for sure. He locked down countless guys during his days at Auburn, and even though there's a huge gap between the NCAA and the NBA, he still has the potential to be the best defender of his class.
Power Forward: Kevin Love
Kevin Love has been at the center of millions of trade rumors ever since LeBron James left the Cleveland Cavaliers and next year will be no different. However, moving his big contract could be trickier than most people would expect despite his talent.
People tend to forget how much of a dominant scorer and rebounder Kevin Love was just 5 years ago. He's got the skill set to be a perfect complement for a Championship contender, and he should have at least a couple of teams inquiring about his availability.
Center: Andre Drummond
Unsurprisingly, Andre Drummond picked up his player option to go back to the Cleveland Cavaliers next season. He knows that the old-school big man is a dying breed in the NBA and will need to have a great year if he wants to get paid as a free agent.
Drummond is the best, most physical, and most dominant rebounder in the league and it's not even close. He's made strides as a defender as well, and even though he's still pretty one-dimensional as a scorer, he's young and good enough to draw some interest prior to the trade deadline.