Last week I wrote about how far the Cleveland Cavaliers have come since LeBron James took his talents to South Beach. While I stand by everything that I wrote in that article, it mostly pertains to the front office and the assets that the organization has been able to acquire over the past 2 years. If you look at the win column, it remains fairly consistent. And this is mostly by design. I feel as though we've done a good job here at Fear The Sword promoting the idea that it's better to tank for a top-5 draft pick than to push for the 8th seed and sit in NBA purgatory.
However, I think we may have done too good of a job getting that point across to those of you that read FTS on a regular basis. What makes me say this? Because after the Cavaliers' trade with the Memphis Grizzlies, I had multiple people on Twitter asking me why we would do a trade like that, complaining that it would ruin our chances at tanking. And I don't think I've really been pushing the tanking agenda this year, but I guess it carried over from last year.
Last season, I thought tanking for the best draft pick possible was absolutely necessary. I do not think that is the case this season. Here are the differences from last year to this year that make me feel this way.
The Cleveland Cavaliers should be done tanking for draft picks
Fear The Sword | Jan 31