The question I found myself asking today was exactly that, "What happened last night?". Did the Cavs just poop the bed or did they just make a super athletic team that is going to run people off the court? Last night I had emotions ranging from complete bewilderment, anger, and loathing while at work surrounded by Bobcat fans. Was I literally being heckled by Bobcat fans? What does one do when a Bobcat fan is talking down to you? It was like the ugly girl at the bar laughing at the prospect of sleeping with you. I came into the night with such illusions of grandeur and was immediately stomach punched I figured it would be better to just wait until I was sober to over analyze what Chris Grant just did. Hopefully you didn't make a face like this little champ around 7:50ish last night.
There is no way you can talk about Cleveland's 2012 draft without starting with Dion "always tip your" Waiters. I could care less that this guy didn't start at Syracuse he was incredibly efficient in that role and Boeheim is trying to win games. He is built like a tank, can finish at the NBA level, has had dominant shooting games (good to know he has it in him), and isn't remotely scared of big moments. In today's NBA where speed kills and the best teams relentlessly attack the rim this guy fits the mold period and I'd rather have him than Harrison Barnes. Can he flourish into a legitimate 2 guard and average over 18 PPG? Don't act like you have any clue. Syracuse players seem to have trouble adjusting to playing D in the NBA after playing so much zone which scares me somewhat, people will point at the steals but their zone produces inflated numbers. What scares me about the kid is him showing up overweight his sophomore year and not being prepared for the season. I don't know him personally but his overall demeanor comes off like he could give a shit blurting out generic answers to questions. Can he really be one of the three best players on a championship caliber team? Playing with Irving should give him the opportunity to succeed but does he have the work ethic to become we the Cavs need him to be? I like that this front office swings for the home run let's just hope it doesn't go foul.
As for the trade I understand it and I see the thinking process behind it but again it just leaves me asking so many questions. Last year I wanted them to draft Chandler Parsons in the second round fiercely and was very disappointed when I saw him starting for Houston already. My Parsons for this year was Will Barton (who might just end up better than Waiters *putting the revolver in my mouth*). I'm no guru and watch a minuscule amount of college ball but I can't help but think this guy is going to put it together. Tyler "don't call me Big Z" Zeller like Waiters has some serious issues. First off he is a bright guy who makes the right play, takes charges, hustles, and like you've heard 1000 times already can really run the floor well. But will the Bynums and Howards of the world literally systematically dismantle this guy? He has a pretty shot, can he use it to spread the floor so Tigger can wreck havoc on the boards and give our penetrating guards room to work with? When DraftExpress uses the term "somewhat stiff" to describe you I shudder, worst words that can be associated with a big man other than "alleged murderer" or "closet Nazi".
I know people are complaining about losing both the second rounders but Kelenna Azubuike is the kind of backup that we'd be hoping to get for one of those picks. Let me make this clear I love Azubuike and the fact I'll be able to use him on the Cavs in NBA 2K13, him and Darryl Armstong are tied for my all-time favorite people to bring off the bench and drop 30 on my friends with players (which is ruled over by Earl Boykins AKA how I made my friend Scott break a Playstation controller). I shit you not I'm going to buy an Azunuike jersey once I'm sure he is playing on the team next year, I did a car bomb when I saw his name in the trade. Seriously though this guy can shoot when he is on and having him over potentially Manny Harris is a big upgrade. We'll see what free agents we bring in but if these two can play the Cavs might not become 60% D-league towards the end of the season again and that will be enough for me. It isn't fun to say we need another lottery pick and hit it before we can start thinking about serious playoff runs but that is more than likely what we're looking at. I just want to see these two rookies in the starting lineup playing against another NBA team..... like right now. May Barnes not develop, Drummond not make the Pistons scary, and more than anything no Bobcat fan look down on a Cav fan ever again.