Oh, hey guys. The NBA season starts on Tuesday, and that's very, very exciting news. The staff here at Fear the Sword have been hard at work over the last month or so previewing the season, and we know you'd be remiss if you missed a single preview piece.
To that end, here's everything you need to read before tomorrow night. You're going to have to clear your schedule.
Our fearless leader David Zavac handled the season preview at-large.
Buckle up. There will be some speed bumps. The coach will say things that makes you scratch your head. LeBron James will say things that make you scratch your head. You'll wonder what the deal with Kyrie Irving's injury is. And it'll be okay. The turbulence will come with 50-some regular season wins and the chance to bring Cleveland it's first major sport professional title since ... well, you know. Let's get to it.
In addition, the staff took a deep dive on every single member of the roster as well as each position group. DIVE IN, KIDS.
Coaching Preview: David Blatt - Trevor Magnotti weighs in on the cantankerous, confident, and don't-give-a-damn-what-you-think David Blatt. Will he take a step forward as a head coach in his second year in the league?
Position Group: The Big 3 - Ryan Mourton takes a must-read dive into Kyrie Irving, Kevin Love, and LeBron James. How can they improve how they play together, and how should each be utilized best?
Player Preview: LeBron James - Coming Soon!
Player Preview: Kevin Love - William Bohl posits a few theories on how Kevin Love can be better utilized this season while discussing his long-term commitment to the franchise.
Player Preview: Kyrie Irving - David Zavac takes a look at Kyrie Irving's durability while also discussing that he's really, really good at basketball.
Position Group: Centers - Scott Recker takes a look at the potentially murky waters at the five spot for the Cavs. Will this group stay healthy, and how are the minutes split up?
Player Preview: Timofey Mozgov - How big of a load can Timofey Mozgov carry this season? Scott Recker takes a look at the monster impending free agent.
Player Preview: Anderson Varejao - Carter Rodriguez (that's me!) wonders whether Anderson Varejao has anything left after a rough 2014-15 and a return from a torn achilles.
Player Preview: Sasha Kaun - Trevor Magnotti, like the rest of us, isn't too sure what we can expect from Sasha Kaun. Will he make the rotation?
Position Group: Power Forwards - Chris Manning looks at how this group revolves around Kevin Love, Tristan Thompson's positional versatility and how much we can expect to see LeBron at the four spot.
Grade the Deal: Tristan Thompson - Well, we didn't really get a "preview" per se, as Thompson's holdout was creating a pretty cloudy outlook. Instead, read Justin Rowan's very well-reasoned grade of Thompson's new 5-year, $82 million contract.
Player Preview: James Jones - Aaron Perine dives in on James Jones, a player we didn't expect much of going into last season that turned into an important contributor. Do the Cavs have the depth to cut down his minutes?
Position Group: Small Forwards - Justin Rowan examines the SF spot for Cleveland and that one guy on the team whose minutes the team needs to corral.
Player Preview: Richard Jefferson - Trevor Magnotti makes the case that Richard Jefferson just needs to be a better version of last season's James Jones. Is he up to the task?
Position Group: Shooting Guards - Justin Rowan looks at the versatile and deep shooting guard group. Who should start between J.R. Smith and Iman Shumpert, how much time will we see Matthew Dellavedova at the position?
Player Preview: J.R. Smith - Jack Zink previews the enigma that is J.R. Smith. Can he bounce back from a tough Finals and be a major contributor again in 2015-16?
Player Preview: Iman Shumpert - Jack Zink handles Shump duty. Is this the year Shumpert can take a leap offensively, or will his wrist injury make this a year to forget?
Player Preview: Joe Harris - Required reading for the Harris Family, and all other interested parties, via William Bohl. Can Harris prove he belongs in the NBA?
Position Group: Point Guards - Mike Mayer previews the loaded group at point guard. Can Mo Williams hold down the fort until Kyrie Irving returns and how many minutes does Delly snag?
Player Preview: Matthew Dellavedova - Everyone's favorite Aussie is now nearly a household name after a weird Finals run. How will he adjust to a new role, and how can he hurt opponents if he's on the bench?
In addition, if you're the podcast type, Justin Rowan and Chris Manning likely died recording the billions of season preview pods with writers from teams across the league. You can find the stream here. Also, pleaaase subscribe on iTunes at FeartheSwordSBN. Having the pods automatically download to your iPhone is so damn convenient it hurts.
Editor's note: Huge thanks to Carter for doing this. This is awesome.