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Waiting For Next Year:
Not a Tristan Thompson fan with the fourth-overall selection? Still one of the shrinking-by-the-day contingent of individuals who think the Cavaliers should have selected Derrick Williams and some other guard — Brandon Knight, Kemba Walker, Jimmer?? — with the fourt selection? Well, ESPN aims to make you feel in more silly than you already should.
In a revisionist redraft of the 2011 class, Kyrie Irving and Tristan Thompson are selected first- and second-overall.
Viewed by most people as the top prospect in this class back in June, Irving has not disappointed. In fact, he’s probably been better than anyone expected considering his injury at Duke and the lockout. He’s had a terrific rookie season by anyone’s standards.
Not only is he the best player in this group, but he also has the brightest future. That’s what a team hopes to get from a No. 1 overall pick — impact now and more impact later.
This is not a slight on Derrick Williams but rather a dream of featuring powerful bigs Kevin Love and Nikola Pekovic with an athletic and long phenom like Thompson. As good as Minnesota’s two brutes are, they are still below-the-rim players, which is not an issue for Thompson.
Although Thompson is still a raw player on offense, he would be helped by Rick Adelman’s system. He’d be bad today, amazing tomorrow.
Fresh off of an outing where the two rookies combined for 53 points, 17 rebounds and eight assists, this redraft is certainly well-timed. Had Thompson’s skill set been publicized a little more and this redraft been reality, ESPN feels that Williams would have fallen to the fourth-overall pick, landing many Cavaliers their one-time dream pairing.
Cavaliers GM Chris Grant was recently panned by ESPN for the trade he made involving Ramon Sessions and the Los Angeles Lakers. The long-term implications of this write-up will certainly help make up for any potential hurt feelings.
[Related: Sessions Trade the Latest Exercise in Chris Grant’s Regimen]
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In what was his final contest as a teenager, Cavaliers rookie point guard Kyrie Irving may have compiled his most complete game as a professional. Already recording a handful of game-winning shots, including an ice-cold display at the free throw line against the World Champions, Irving fell just shy of a triple-double in Cleveland’s overtime loss to the playoff-bound Atlanta Hawks...
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NEWARK, N.J. (AP) -- Tristan Thompson scored a career-high 27 points, grabbed 12 rebounds and gave Cleveland the lead with a tip-in with 1:11 to play Monday night, leading the Cavaliers to a 105-100 victory over the New Jersey Nets.
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The kids are indeed alright.
On Monday night, just a few hours after we deliberated whether or not he deserved some additional burn at the center spot, Tristan Thompson came out of the gates on all cylinders — dunking and rebounding and even showing near-range touch. The 6-foot-9-inch rookie was converting in transition, grabbing offensive boards and providing the New Jersey Nets...
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The Cleveland Cavaliers saw Kyrie Irving charge to the basket one last time as a teenager to get a win for his Cleveland Cavaliers last night in Atlanta. Iriving scored what most thought was the game winning basket with 5.4 seconds left in regulation before Joe Johnson makes an improbable 25 foot three pointer to get The Atlanta Hawks a tie as time ran out in regulation.
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The Cleveland Cavaliers are a young team. Kyrie Irving is a rookie and many of the players on the team are still relatively new to the NBA. Young teams struggle and the crunched and rushed schedule has not helped anything.
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Tristan Thompson received a Cavs Zine Two last Tuesday, he most likely finished reading it this week, and then went for 27 points and 12 rebounds last night in New Jersey. There are no coincidences there, obviously. Nor is there any coincidence to the way that Tristan played just after being called out by Coach Byron Scott following the loss to the Hawks on Sunday either. Zaza Pachulia...
The Cavaliers have waived backup center Ryan Hollins, one day after rookie Tristan Thompson had his best game as a pro.
Hollins, who came to Cleveland in a 2010 trade with Minnesota, averaged 3.7 points and 2.3 rebounds in 15.1 minutes per game. The 7-footer made seven starts and played in 24 games this season.
Hollins' release comes one day after Thompson scored a season-high...
Once again, Kyrie Irving did it in the fourth quarter for the Cleveland Cavaliers. As the Cavs outlasted the Nets in an eventual 105-100 victory, your ’11/12 Rookie of the Year scored 14 of his 26 in the final stanza, including his team’s last six, the shot that made it a two-possession game, etc. Neither of Kyrie’s fourth-quarter plays that impressed me most resulted...
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