The Ups And Downs That Have Led Cleveland To The 2015 NBA Finals
The Cleveland Cavaliers are now the Eastern Conference Champion for the second time in team history but the road that the Cavs had to take involved a lot of make or break twists which eventually played into the WIne and Gold’s favor. Consistency was definitely not the key in this occasion as Cleveland saw itself transform into a completely different team with every major move that General Manager David Griffin had to pull off his sleeve. This offseason acquisitions happened in a flurry that no one could have imagined when last year’s campaign ended, the regular season roster shake up involved heavy risks that could have dealt big blows to the franchise’s future had they went awry, and the postseason mishaps forced the Cavaliers to become an entirely different team. We identified 10 major occurrences, in chronological order, in the 2014-2015 Cavaliers campaign that helped transform the team into what it is today.
1 – The Lottery Win
What better way to rebuild your life by winning the lottery? Well, the Cavaliers, in an unprecedented fashion, won their third draft lottery in four years. Cleveland only held a 1.7% chance of winning the 2014 edition but that didn’t matter as the team was destined for that one piece that will become a part of the franchise’s future, or rather, help form the core of the franchise. When the Cavs vaulted into the top three, the future already looked bright as the rookie class was led by three youngsters with franchise player potential. But it got even better as the Cavaliers out-lucked Milwaukee and Philadelphia for the first overall selection. They were then faced with the pressure of getting it right this time around and the choices were Andrew Wiggins, Jabari Parker, and Joel Embiid. The Cavaliers had a problem but it was a very good one.
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