The Cleveland Cavaliers are eagerly preparing for the 2023-24 NBA season with a comprehensive plan orchestrated by their head coach, JB Bickerstaff. They recognize the need for significant improvements following a lackluster previous season where they ranked 24th in three-point attempts, 26th in scoring average, and dead last in pace. As such, the Cavs have undertaken an interesting transformation over the offseason.
Bickerstaff’s vision for the team revolves around evolving into a more dynamic and competitive force. To achieve that end, they recently acquired Max Strus from the Miami Heat and Georges Niang from the Philadelphia 76ers. Both are poised to inject newfound vigor into their half-court offense.
— NBA Brasil (@NBABrasil) July 10, 2023
An Ambitious Strategy
At the heart of the Cavs’ ambitious strategy lies a strong commitment to enhancing their three-point shooting proficiency and bolstering their overall scoring capabilities. Bickerstaff firmly believes that Strus and Niang will assume pivotal roles in the team’s offensive schemes. In particular, Strus should secure a spot in the starting lineup as the season kicks off.
The overarching objective is to create a more balanced offensive arsenal. This would mitigate the heavy reliance on their star player, Donovan Mitchell. Keep in mind that he shouldered a substantial offensive burden in the previous campaign. Mitchell averaged 28.3 points, 4.3 rebounds, and 4.4 assists per game while shooting 48.4 percent from the field.
In addition to addressing their offensive vulnerabilities, the Cavs have set forth audacious aspirations for the forthcoming 2023-24 season, as unveiled by Bickerstaff during a recent Q&A session. These aspirations encompass an across-the-board enhancement in team performance. They also want to cultivate a robust team chemistry and a determined pursuit of a deep playoff run. They surely don’t want to get bounced again in the first round.
By prioritizing the development of a cohesive and dynamic roster, and strategically leveraging their offseason acquisitions, the Cavs are poised to unlock the potential for a successful season ahead.