Wednesday , Jun , 20 , 2007 C.Y. Ellis

Cleveland Cavaliers 2007 Draft Preview

(Sports Network) – The Cleveland Cavaliers are fresh off of their most
successful campaign in franchise history. They won 50 games during the season,
defeated Washington, New Jersey and Detroit in the playoffs to capture the
Eastern Conference and advanced to their first-ever NBA Finals.

Cleveland was swept in four games by the San Antonio Spurs in the finals, but
it will only benefit from the experience. It took superstar LeBron James four
years to get the Cavaliers to the championship round.

James, who appeared in the postseason for the second time in his career this
past season, played in 78 games during the regular season. He led the club in
scoring (27.3 ppg), assists (6.0 apg) and also pulled down 6.7 rebounds per
game. The 6-8 James is arguably the top player in the league and is the
franchise player.

Larry Hughes, who battled a heel injury during the finals, averaged 14.9
points, 3.8 boards and 3.7 assists in 70 contests for the Cavaliers. Center
Zydrunas Ilgauskas posted 11.9 points and 7.7 rebounds, while forward Drew
Gooden netted 11.1 and grabbed a team-best 8.5 boards.

Gooden, Hughes and Ilgauskas are James’ main supporting cast, while Sasha
Pavlovic, Donyell Marshall, Anderson Varejao and rookie Daniel Gibson, who
shined in the East finals, are decent role players. However, Gibson hit some
big shots during the postseason, and will get a chance to play a bigger role
in 2007-08.

The Cavaliers don’t have any picks in this year’s draft. Chances are they will
be spectators and will make their moves during free agency. Building around
James, and getting him players who complement his skills will once again be
the goal during the offseason.

Key Player(s): Daniel Gibson (Guard), Drew Gooden (Forward), Larry Hughes
(Guard), Zydrunas Ilgauskas (Center), LeBron James (Forward), Damon Jones
(Guard), Donyell Marshall (Forward), Sasha Pavlovic (Guard), Eric Snow
(Guard), Anderson Varejao (Forward).

Team Needs: Consistent perimeter shooter and point guard.

Draft picks: NONE.

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