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Let’s first start with some national questions. First up, most fans either said their interest in the ongoing FIBA World Cup is checking scores (39%) or only watching games they care about (37%).
That is entirely reasonable. (Totally uninterested I do not get. Do you even like basketball at that point?) The World Cup being in Asia means the start times are inconvenient for an audience in America or anywhere else on this side of the world. And, to be frank, many of the games are lacking high-end talent.
Moving into Cavaliers question now. First up: Fifty-two percent of Cavs fans say it’s too early to worry about Donovan Mitchell’s future in Cleveland.
This is also more than fair. I get not being too worried about it now just one year into his Cleveland tenure and a whole season of basketball still to play. But there is no question to me that the Cavs are planning for every possible scenario with Mitchell, even if the first option is to just keep him around the long term.
Moving back to international basketball next: Forty-four percent of respondents say that Mitchell is the likeliest Cavalier to play for Team USA next summer in Paris. Evan Mobley came in second at 31% and Darius Garland third at 25%.
Mitchell, considering he is the best of the three right now, feels like the right answer. He’s also played for Team USA before at a senior level. But he is also at a stacked position with Devin Booker and Anthony Edwards perhaps ahead of him on the depth chart.
As for Mobley, there is now a question of who he will play for at an international level after reports came out that the Bahamas is looking to recruit him. So, Mobley may be at the 2024 Olympics, just not with Team USA.
Lastly, let’s look ahead to the 2024 NBA All-Star game in Indianapolis with 84% of respondents saying they think more than one Cavalier will be an All-Star this season.
I agree. I’ll go on the record now that Mitchell and Mobley will make it. Garland could too, but guard is stacked and sometimes really deserving players get left at home for no fault of their own.
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