Originally posted on Fox Sports Ohio  |  Last updated 3/5/13
Four reasons to stick with the Cavaliers: 1. General manager Chris Grant. Hes done OK so far, right? Its true Memphis was desperate to unload some salary, which is why Grant was able to pull off armed robbery by landing Marreese Speights and Wayne Ellington (and a draft pick) for Jon Leuer, who may not even be in the NBA next season. Its true that a lot of teams could have done something similar but Grant was the man who did. He also plucked Kyrie Irving, Dion Waiters and Tristan Thompson (and yes, Tyler Zeller) in the draft, and all are starting in their first or second NBA seasons. Yes, the trade of J.J. Hickson for Omri Casspi failed (so far), but it failed for everyone but Portland. And the Trail Blazers werent even involved in the deal. The team that was involved, Sacramento, quickly waived Hickson. So that trade is hardly a fail on Grants part. Its a draw. And forget about that, anyway. Not every trade is going to be magical. Not when youre making a bunch of them and trying to build an actual team. Grant has maintained the teams assets (and even acquired a few) and flexibility, and found four core guys around whom to build. No other young team in the NBA can make that claim. None. With another off-season approaching, Cavs fans should feel confident Grant will make the right moves. So far, hes batting about .900. 2. Point guard Kyrie Irving. Remember when Cavs fans were debating whether the team should select Irving or Derrick Williams (now with Minnesota) with the No. 1 overall pick in 2011? Honest, it was a heated discussion on all the talk radio shows. The Timberwolves are still waiting on Williams. They still arent quite sure what position he plays, or if he even fits at all. Meanwhile, Irving is an absolute magician with the ball, a point guard who can create his own shot, knock down 3-pointers and score over taller defenders near the rim. Hes in his second season and already proving to be unguardable. Best of all, Irving typically saves his best work for when the game means the most. Just like superstars before him, Irving is still learning what it takes to be a big-time winner early in his career. Most fans are impatient when it comes to that, but its all part of the natural process. Aside from Larry Bird or Tim Duncan, nobody enters the league and changes a teams fortunes in a year. Especially when the rest of the starting lineup is incredibly young and still developing. But if youre eventually going to be good really good you need a No. 1 option that can take over the game. Kyrie Irving is only 20 years old. But already, the Cavs have their man. 3. Coach Byron Scott. No one takes more flack for the Cavs struggles, and that makes sense. When things go wrong, its always the coachs fault, as far as fans are concerned. But guess what? Scott has his young teams attention. Hes been to two Finals as a coach (with the Nets), and doesnt hesitate to call out guys, both privately and publicly. For a guy who owns three championship rings (as a player with the Lakers), Scott is as a regular guy as there is. Theres nothing phony about him, and NBA players, particularly young ones, respect that. Now, does his team always respond? Well, of course not. The Cavs are much too young to bring it every night. On one hand, theyre highly paid professionals and shouldnt need extra motivation. On the other hand, theyre really live 20-somethings who occasionally disappoint and therefore, need a kick to the pants. When the Cavs execute Scotts strategy, theyre an exciting team with a big upside. Perhaps even more important than that is the fact individual players have made strides under Scott. Just compare Thompson and Waiters now to what they were at the beginning of the year. And Cavs fans who have issues with Scott need to ask themselves a question. Namely, will Kyrie get along with another coach as well as he does with his current one? Irving really likes being a Cavalier, and Scott is a big reason why. But Irving may feel differently about the organization if it starts making changes just for the sake of it. 4. Everyone else. Thompson and Waiters have improved considerably in the areas of confidence and productivity. Speights, Ellington, C.J. Miles and Shaun Livingston appear to be true veteran finds who are comfortable in their roles. Zeller looks like a No. 17 overall draft pick in his first year. But the guy wasnt supposed to start right away. Anderson Varejao's injury created a hole in the middle, forcing Zeller out of a reserve role to which he quickly adapted. Playing against starting centers has been a different matter. Either way, lets cut Zeller a little slack and practice a little patience. The Cavs arent going to win much right now. They can be maddeningly inconsistent. They beat teams they shouldnt, and lose games they should win. If you expected anything more, you dont really follow the NBA. There are more positives than negatives here. Eventually, the outcome of actual games should prove as much. Twitter: @SamAmicoFSO
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