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Previewing the Cleveland Cavaliers heading into the 2020-21 NBA season

We go over the Cavaliers’ depth chart, odds to win a championship and provide fantasy basketball analysis for the 2020-21 NBA season.

Kevin Love #0 of the Cleveland Cavaliers shoots a free throw against the Chicago Bulls at the United Center on March 10, 2020 in Chicago, Illinois.  Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images

The 2020-21 NBA season is a few weeks away and training camp is underway. Is it just me, or are the Cleveland Cavaliers going to be sneaky good this season? It’s a possibility if you look at the roster, which is what we’ll be doing in a second here. Cleveland is still rebuilding since losing both LeBron James and Kyrie Irving (which was a while ago). The Cavs are finally starting to take shape with some quality veterans and young backcourt. Here we’re going to take a look at the Cavaliers’ offseason, plus look ahead to the 2020-21 season.

2020 offseason

Key additions

Isaac Okoro, F (draft)
Damyean Dotson, G (free agency)
JaVale McGee, C (free agency)

Key losses

Tristan Thompson, C (free agency)

2020-21 odds

Title odds: +40000
Win percentage: O/U 30.5
Isaac Okoro ROTY odds: +2000
Collin Sexton MIP odds: +5000
Kevin Porter Jr. 6th Man odds: +8000

2020-21 roster

Depth Chart

PG: Darius Garland, Matthew Dellavedova, Collin Sexton
SG: Collin Sexton, Kevin Porter Jr., Damyean Dotson
SF: Isaac Okoro, Kevin Porter Jr., Cedi Osman
PF: Kevin Love, Cedi Osman, Larry Nance Jr.
C: Andre Drummond, Larry Nance Jr., JaVale McGee

Roster battles

Starting SF: Isaac Okoro vs. Kevin Porter Jr. vs. Cedi Osman

Fantasy basketball

Best Sleeper

Kevin Love — Love is the most notable name on the Cavaliers roster, and yet, he’s going somewhat overlooked early in the fantasy basketball research process. Most rankings have Love in the 75-100 range and I think he has top 50 upside. If Love can stay healthy, there’s no reason he can’t be a 20-10 guy who shoots above 35 percent from beyond the arc with around 3-4 assists per game.

Likely Bust

Darius Garland — Garland sort of got thrown into the fire during his rookie season, starting 59 games while averaging around 12 points. He shot the ball decent from distance but was around 40 percent from the floor, which isn’t cutting it. Sure, Garland could take a step in his second season. I don’t really see it. If anything Garland could turn into an OK 3-point shooter, maybe a 6th Man scoring option off the bench. There’s no way he’s a starting PG at this point.