Cleveland Cavaliers Roster 2019 Cavaliers Roster

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For the second time this decade, The King has abdicated his reign in Cleveland. Last time that LeBron James left town, the Cavaliers went from great to average. Where Cleveland will benefit from Lebron's Exit Part Deux is that James has left the Eastern Conference completely. While there are two teams that are clearly at the top of the pecking order, everything else beneath them is wide-open territory. The Big Three of LeBron, Kyrie Irving and Kevin Love is now the Big One of Love. Minus LeBron, there actually is some roster continuity in Cleveland. The Cavaliers made a bunch of late season moves to try to put a winner around James and convince him to stay. Now that LeBron has skipped town, some of these moves may start paying dividends. Now, Cleveland is actually an intriguing team with several pieces on the roster that have some upside. It will definitely be an interesting season in Cleveland.

Pos Name Jersey Rating Ranking Depth Height Weight Age Birthday Exp. College
PG Collin Sexton Collin Sexton C. Sexton 2
#83 PG 1 6' 2" 190 19 1/4/99 Rookie Alabama
PG Brandon Knight Brandon Knight B. Knight 20
#47 PG 1 6' 3" 195 26 12/2/91 7th season Kentucky
PG Jordan Clarkson Jordan Clarkson J. Clarkson 8
#26 PG 2 6' 5" 194 26 6/7/92 5th season Missouri
PG Matthew Dellavedova Matthew Dellavedova M. Dellavedova 18
#62 PG 3 6' 4" 200 28 9/8/90 6th season Saint Mary's
PG Renaldas Seibutis Renaldas Seibutis R. Seibutis
6' 6" 180 33 7/23/85 Rookie
PG Dakota Mathias Dakota Mathias D. Mathias
PG Jordan Stevens Jordan Stevens J. Stevens
SG David Nwaba David Nwaba D. Nwaba 12
#55 SG 2 6' 4" 219 25 1/14/93 3rd season Cal Poly
SG Nik Stauskas Nik Stauskas N. Stauskas 1
#70 SG 2 6' 6" 205 25 10/7/93 5th season Michigan
SG J.R. Smith J.R. Smith J. Smith 5
#53 SG 6' 6" 225 33 9/9/85 15th season
SF Cedi Osman Cedi Osman C. Osman 16
#49 SF 1 6' 8" 215 23 4/8/95 2nd season
SF Jaron Blossomgame Jaron Blossomgame J. Blossomgame 4
6' 8" 220 25 9/16/93 Rookie Clemson
PF Kevin Love Kevin Love K. Love 0
#5 PF 1 6' 10" 251 30 9/7/88 11th season UCLA
PF Larry Nance Jr. Larry Nance Jr. L. N. Jr. 22
#25 PF 2 6' 9" 230 25 1/1/93 4th season Wyoming
PF Ante Zizic Ante Zizic A. Zizic 41
#68 PF 2 6' 11" 254 21 1/4/97 2nd season
PF Marquese Chriss Marquese Chriss M. Chriss 3
#69 PF 3 6' 10" 240 21 7/2/97 3rd season Washington
PF Deng Adel Deng Adel D. Adel 32
3 6' 7" 200 21 2/1/97 Rookie Louisville
PF John Henson John Henson J. Henson 31
#41 PF 6' 11" 219 27 12/28/90 7th season North Carolina
PF Channing Frye Channing Frye C. Frye 9
#53 PF 7' 0" 255 35 5/17/83 13th season Arizona
PF Vladimir Brodziansky Vladimir Brodziansky V. Brodziansky
PF Brayon Blake Brayon Blake B. Blake
PF Jacorey Williams Jacorey Williams J. Williams 4
6' 8" 220 24 6/12/94 Rookie
C Tristan Thompson Tristan Thompson T. Thompson 13
#59 C 1 6' 10" 238 27 3/13/91 8th season Texas

Top Cleveland Cavaliers Roster Questions 2019

We all heard it, this was LeBron James worst starting cast of his career, although you can argue for those early Cavs years as well. This was a tale of two halves, trading for George Hill, Jordan Clarkson, Rodney Hood, and Larry Nance. When you already have J.R. Smith, Jeff Green, and Tristan Thompson, it wasn’t helping a whole lot. Kevin Love was the secondary start on this team, but injuries and inconsistent play made it tough on him. Looking back at this roster, it was truly an unbelievable job that James took this team to the finals. Moving forward there is a lot of uncertainty with James being a free agent. The Cavs own the Nets pick, and they will look to build around him or use him as a sidekick to James moving forward. The Kyrie Irving trade never quite worked, neither did trying to fill in with Derrick Rose and Isaiah Thomas.

How Will the Pieces Mesh Without LeBron?

King James was the glue that held this team together. The ball seemed to run through his hands on every key possession. There are now a bunch of pieces on the roster with potential, but this may as well be a new team without their leader returning. There are easily half a dozen players on the Cavaliers who can be labeled as possible second options to Love. However, there are a multitude of players on the roster who seem as if their styles do not mesh together. Having LeBron will always paper over a lack of team chemistry. These issues tend to get exposed when the team leader is gone.

Where will the Leadership Come From?

The marquee player on this roster is now Love. He is best as a complimentary piece. When asked to fill a leadership role in Minnesota, Love did not rise to the task. Now, he is several years more experienced and has played several years alongside LeBron. The question now is whether Love has the desire and ability to step up as a team leader. Love is fresh off of a contract extension, and this is now his team. Prior to landing in Cleveland, Love was one of the top players in the league. He is a threat both inside and outside and one of the better rebounders in the league. Love is now 30 years old, and the question is how much toll injuries and the turmoil in Cleveland have taken on him.

Is Tyronn Lue OK?

Anxiety and health issues wore greatly on coach Tyronn Lue last season to the point where he had to take a nine-game leave of absence to recover. Granted, there is a lot of pressure coaching one of the greatest players to ever put on a uniform. With lower expectations for this team, Lue may be able to relax and coach what may be a fun team to coach and watch. Lue's health will certainly be a question mark hanging over this team all season.