The Cavs and Donovan Mitchell

Nazayah Hicklin

The Cavs will be a top 4 or 5 seed in the Eastern Conference

The ultimate back court, Donovan Mitchell and Darius Garland, will be running through the east together on the Cavs. Last year the Cavs placed 8th in the Eastern Conference with a record of 44-38. On September 1, 2022, the Cleveland Cavaliers traded for Donovan Mitchell. For the Cavs to get Donovan Mitchell from the Utah Jazz, they had to give up Collin Sexton, Lauri Markkanen, Ochai Agbaji, and three unprotected first round picks in 2025, 2027, and 2029. They also traded two pick-swaps in 2026 and 2028.

Donovan Mitchell can be a huge addition and help to the Cavs. The Cleveland Cavaliers already have a good supporting cast, but they needed another scorer that can get a bucket. If Darius Garland is having a bad night, then Donovan Mitchell is that guy. Last year (2021-2022 season), Mitchell averaged 25.9 points, 4.2 rebounds, 5.3 assist per game. He also shot 35.5% from the three point line and 44.8% from the field.

What this does for the Cleveland Cavaliers is that now they are able to take the offensive load off of Darius Garland. Now the Cavs have Darius Garland and Donovan Mitchell in the back court. Last year in the 2021-2022 season, Garland averaged 21.7 points and 8.6 assists per game. Garland shot 46% from the field and 38% from the three point line.
 The Cavs also drafted a great power forward/center in the 2021 NBA draft, Evan Mobley. Mobley averaged 15 points, 8 rebounds, 2.5 assists in the 2021-2022 NBA season. He also shot 50.8% from the field. The Cavaliers now have a big three including Darius Garland, Donovan Mitchell, and Evan Mobley. In addition they have a great supporting cast: an All-Star Jarret Allen, Kevin Love, Caris LeVert, Issac Okoro, and Rick Rubio. The Cleveland Cavaliers have a nice, strong, and young supporting cast that will get them to the 4 or 5 seed in the Eastern Conference.