Cleveland Cavaliers undefeated in Summer League
James W. Wade III | 7/17/2014, 9:28 a.m.
The Cleveland Cavaliers will be looked on as the billion dollar team with LeBron James returning, but during the Las Vegas Summer League they have been undefeated. The Cavs 2013 and 2014 overall number one pick's Andrew Wiggins and Anthony Bennett is playing like this is a championship series.
This Cavs will play The Houston Rocket’s on Thursday night after they defeated the Toronto Raptors 93 to 77. With the help of Matthew Dellavedova, the Cavs have not lost through three games, beating the Bucks 70-68, the Spurs 82-70, and the 76ers 86-77. Their record and impressive play has earned them the #3 seed in the LVSL Tournament.
The roster includes current Cavaliers Anthony Bennett, Matthew Dellavedova, Carrick Felix, Scotty Hopson, Sergey Karasev and Cleveland’s 2014 NBA Draft Picks Andrew Wiggins (1st overall) and Joe Harris (33rd overall). The team will be coached by new Cavs head coach, David Blatt.
Last year Bennett was not that great dealing with his injury. Many said he was too heavy and needed to lose some weight. This year Bennett is 19 pounds lighter according to the Cavaliers official Web site.
“It wasn’t really that tough,” said Bennett, who added he has a personal chef now. “My body is kind of weird. I can gain weight fast, I can lose weight fast. So it was just me maintaining it. Watching what I eat at night.”
Bennett comes from Vegas and may feel real comfortable playing there; he must keep his game up when he comes home to Quicken Loans Arena (The Q) in order to prove himself this year. “Anthony has shown the ability to do a lot of things. He can play with his face to the basket, he can play with his back to the basket,” Cavs coach David Blatt said. “I think it’s important that he feels comfortable and he tries not to hurry. As long as he lets the game come to him, as long as he makes good decisions, he’s in a good place like he was today.”
What can you say about Wiggins who has shown he is ready for the NBA in every game he has played and even the behind the back 360 drunk in warm ups. Averaging 13.7 points a game Wiggins understands how hungry Cleveland is for a championship team. Fans are not disappointed in him and want to see him teamed up with James and Kyrie Irving.
You can see Blatt smiling watching this young man while playing and has spoke about having his approval. “He’s pretty much what I expected. A Great two-way player and a guy that impacts the game on both ends of the floor. Overall I think he's done a great job and I'm really happy with him,” said coach Blatt.
Watching Bennett and Wiggins play in the LVSL has added fire to Cleveland while they are rebuilding a team that many are glad to see. This new team seems so far to have what it takes to play together.
The Cavs are still wheeling and dealing for players, and since Wiggins is staying in Cleveland, no one is sure about Kevin Love coming to Cleveland but they picked up another great 3 point shooter.
James Jones agreed to a one-year deal yesterday for the league minimum of $1.45 million, a league source said. It’s the second James associate the Cavs have added in as many days after agreeing to a deal with Mike Miller on Tuesday.
Jones, who turns 34 in the fall, is a 6-foot-8 wing who appeared in just 20 games for the Miami Heat last season, but shot 52 percent from behind the three-point line.
Cleveland will be ready when they start playing with James, Irving, Bennett, Wiggins and others, this will be an exciting year.