Cleveland Cavaliers Need to Work on Defense

By Andy Schmidt
David Richard-USA TODAY Sports

There were many things that went wrong for the Cleveland Cavaliers this past season as the team finished with a 24-58 record. The biggest issue was how bad the team’s defense and rebounding were. The return of Anderson Varejao next season will help along with an improving Tyler Zeller, but there has to be more done in either free agency or the draft to improve those factors.

There is obvious talent on the Cavaliers with Kyrie Irving and Dion Waiters as Waiters was just named to the All-Rookie team this week. The problem isn’t those two players because it boils down to what is being done on the inside. I don’t see how Cleveland makes any big moves in the offseason to fix this. The Cavaliers do have a lot of money that they can spend, but I sense that they won’t be using that money until next offseason. It is a big risk to take thinking that you can get one of the top three or four free agent players, but I think that’s the direction we are going here.

While drafting another big man is always a possibility, I think Cleveland needs to find a defensive stopper who can come off the bench and shut down the opposition’s best player. Irving is going to become a better point guard in due time, and his defense may come along with that. This is a Cleveland team that could make some noise in two or three years, but they need to fix the cracks while their young players get more experience. I would love for the Cavaliers to get an Al Jefferson or someone like that who can bang around inside and add some rebounding help. It is only a matter of time before the Cavaliers become a much-better team, but that’s only if they fix their problems now.

Andy Schmidt is a columnist/writer for RantSports. Follow him on Twitter @ASchmidtSports, like his Facebook page or add him to your network on Google.

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