2019-20 Eastern Conference Standings Predictions: Where do the Charlotte Hornets sit?

Charlotte Hornets Nicolas Batum (Photo by Jason Miller/Getty Images)
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Cleveland Cavaliers
Cleveland Cavaliers Kevin Love and Collin Sexton (Photo by Jason Miller/Getty Images) /

No. 14 – Cleveland Cavaliers

Just like the Hornets, the Cleveland Cavaliers are also in rebuild mode, although they are a few steps ahead of Charlotte. The Cavaliers had a strong draft in June, adding Darius Garland, Dylan Windler and Kevin Porter Jr to a young core featuring Collin Sexton and others. I’m very intrigued to see how all of this talent blends together; particularly with Garland and Sexton together in the back court.

Cleveland also has a great trade chip in Kevin Love, who they can unload and acquire more assets for in the process. Love still has some left in the tank and he showed that during the 2018-19 season. When healthy, he is absolutely a difference maker. I expect him to remain in trade rumors throughout the year.

While I do really like the core the Cavaliers are putting together, they are still a few years away from competing in the Eastern Conference. They have a good foundation and are set for the future with multiple draft picks on the way.

After losing LeBron James to the Lakers in free agency a year ago, the Cavaliers have made all the right moves and are building the right way. This will be a fun team to watch over the next few seasons. The Charlotte Hornets should use them as a model moving forward.