June 4, 2012

Adventures In NBA 2K11: Decline

Orlando Quinn (13) chases down Vince Carter (15) on a fast break and records the block

October 1, 2013 - Cleveland is feeling cursed again.  A year after earning the third best record in the Eastern Conference, the Cavaliers went back to their losing ways in the 2012-13 season, winning only 35 games.  Much of this is due to the roster overhaul the Cavaliers executed last offseason, swapping out a stable of solid veterans for a group of young yet proven talents, and then trading those players for a quartet of rookies.

     Two players stood out during the failed campaign, though.  The first, of course, was Orlando Quinn, who cemented his spot as the league's top center, again being voted to the All-NBA First Team and retaining his title as Defensive Player of the Year.  Quinn finished with 30.6 points (5th in the league), 12.4 rebounds (2nd), 2.4 blocks (1st), 5.2 assists, and 1.4 steals per game.  However, because the Cavaliers played terribly as a team, Quinn did not make the top 5 in MVP voting despite leading the NBA with a 33.5 PER.

     The other player who made a positive difference for the Cavs was Donovan Holmes, who was the sixth player selected in the 2012 Draft.  As a point guard, Holmes earned 19.8 points, 4.8 assists, and 2.2 steals per game, and made 37.6 percent of his three-pointers.  As a result, he was named the NBA's Rookie of the Year, the second in a row for Cleveland.

     Yet even though there are some very bright spots on the Cavaliers' recent resume, fans are growing tired of their GM who sacrificed wins for some crazy vision.  Even head coach Byron Scott decided to retire rather than deal with the current situation.  "A few years ago I would have been excited to teach all these young players," said Scott, "but now it just feels like nothing's going to happen for a few years, and I'm not willing to wait."  Can Cleveland play well enough this season to save the GM's job?  Or is the team going to be headed in a new direction very soon?

Disclaimer:  I never thought when I started this that I was going to "fire" my GM, but it sounds like an awesome idea.  What record for the 2013-14 year do you think is bad enough to make the change?  And I apologize to Byron Scott for fabricating a quote for him.

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