Let me just start by saying that I love this blog. You've got some informed, intelligent, passionate fans on here. The same cannot be said for a embarrassing number of other sports-related websites. I really enjoy reading the analysis and insight of both the fans and the official authors/editor/manager. And I really do think it's an exciting time to be a Cavs fan. BUT...
We're still a long way away from a championship. I think that "The OKC model" is a bit overused/oversold as the de facto M. O. of all small-market teams - what Presti did involves a considerable amount of good luck - but even if we do follow the Presti blueprint perfectly, we need to realize something: We are in year two. We drafted Kyrie Irving a year ago. It took the Thunder 5 years to get to the Finals after drafting Durant. It took them three years just to make the playoffs.
I know it would be nice to see the Cavs finish above .500 next year, to see them land a talented SF like Nic Batum in free agency, to see them make the playoffs. However, that isn't what we need right now. That 8-10 spot in your conference is the NBA's no-man's land if you're a team without all the pieces yet, which the Cavs are. Even if Waiters and Zeller have stellar rookie seasons and even if Tristan Thompson learns how to use those sick hops and pterodactyl wingspan, we're still not a playoff team with the team we have now. Teams with 4 rotation guys who are all in their first two years in the league usually don't do very well. And it doesn't look like Chris Grant is going to sign an impact free agent (although I hope he brings in another positive, professional veteran like Antawn).
I'm not trying to troll you guys, and I'm not trying to say that we didn't draft well. I think we ruined a lot of other GMs' days when we drafted Waiters. It seems like he was a guy that every lottery team hoped the other lottery teams wouldn't discover. I think Zeller will be the new Big Z. I think Kyrie Irving is an original prototype of a new kind of NBA star. And I don't think we'll have a winning season next year. And that's okay.