We're 1/6th finished with this shortened NBA regular season and it's gone by in a flash. Mainly because this team has been a blast to watch thus far. When compared to the awfulness of last year and the burden of sky high expectations in the last seasons of the Lebron era it's been refreshing to sit back, watch, and assess. As I wrote previously here I have no idea what I should "root" for because there are so many pros/cons either way with winning or losing so I'm going to enjoy the young developing team and let the chips fall where they may.
What's clear is that Byron Scott is a competent and confidence inspiring head coach. He has this young team playing solid and competitive basketball. The team chemistry is seemingly off the charts and his "pet projects" from the last 2 seasons, Sessions and Gee, are showing more and more improvement. I have not felt this good about a Cleveland head man in quite some time.
Suffice to say Byron's newest pet project has a bit more upside than his previous projects with the Cavs. Kyrie Irving was brought in with high expectations for Cavs fans but seemed to have been given the "limited ceiling" tag from the NBA draft "experts." It seems the consensus was that he'll be a nice player, potentially an all-star, and the safest player in a weak draft. I can't fault them too much having only 11 games in college to predict off of.
However, fast forward 11 NBA games. I'm going out on a limb and saying this kid is going to be a star. His athleticism was vastly underrated and gives him the ability to score at all three levels on a defense. He can get all the way to the rim, stop with a floater, pull up from midrange, and burn you from deep if you go below the screen or sag off. He has a leadership quality about him demonstrated by the respect he's already commanding from his teammates and his cheerleading on and off the floor. Improvements need to be made in reducing turnovers and increasing his conditioning but the ceiling is sky high for this young man.
To put Kyrie Irving's start in perspective, and not to compare the two players, but Lebron James' first 11 games with the Cavs had him averaging 16.5 and 6.5 assts/game. The Cavs were 4-7 and he accumulated four 20+ scoring games over that span while averaging over 40 mins per game. Kyrie, in only 27 mins per game, has scored 20 or more 6 times, averages 17 and 5 assists and the Cavs are 5-6 having played 8 of 11 on the road. He's not Lebron James. I'm simply stating it's time for Cavs fans to get REAL excited about the potential of Kyrie Irving. Huge props to Dan Gilbert and this organization for forcing the hand of luck on this one.
On to Tristan.