The Cavaliers' rebuild is working, as John Beilein continues to build foundation in Cleveland

John Beilein appears to be the perfect coach for Cavs

James Rapien
November 10, 2019 - 11:17 pm
Nov 10, 2019; New York, NY, USA; Cleveland Cavaliers head coach John Beilein gives instructions to guard Colin Sexton (2) in the second quarter against the New York Knicks at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Wendell Cruz-USA TODAY Sports

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CLEVELAND, OH – The Cavaliers never trailed in Sunday night’s win over the Knicks. It was their second victory in a row and just another sign that John Beilein was the right man to lead this team.

The young players and the veterans have responded to Beilein and his staff. They’re much improved on both ends of the court. Kevin Love and Tristan Thompson have embraced the leadership role, which has translated into on court chemistry throughout the roster. 

The vets lead the way, but the youngsters have also played a vital role in the Cavs’ start to the season.

Collin Sexton was magnificent against New York. The second-year pro scored a career-high 31 points. He looks more comfortable on defense and as explosive as ever on offense.

The Cavs will tell you Sexton has a lot to work on – making the right reads, passes and decisions are just a few of them, but he’s shown growth under Beilein, which is what the Cavs were hoping to see from their young guard. 

This young team needed a steady hand – someone that wasn't going to break during the ups and downs of an NBA season. Beilein appears to be a perfect fit. His collegiate experience has translated well to the NBA level. The development of Darius Garland, Kevin Porter Jr. and Dylan Windler is vital if the Cavs are going to be successful in the post-LeBron era. Beilein is used to working with 19 and 20-year-olds. 

The Cavs made culture a priority this offseason. If they want to turn the franchise into a consistent winner, they're going to have to build a solid foundation. They know it’s going to take time, but the early returns are about as good as anyone could’ve expected.

Love and Thompson are playing like all-stars. The team has competed its’ tail off each and every night, regardless of the opponent.

More importantly, they’re winning. The Cavaliers got off to an 0-6 start last season. They didn’t win their fourth game until Nov. 24.

This team has exceeded expectations so far this year. It doesn’t mean they’re going to win 40+ games or contend for a playoff spot, but it’s proof that their plan is working.

Every rebuild takes time. This organization has a long ways to go, but the first few weeks of the 2019-2020 season are proof that the Cavaliers are doing what they need to do to bring winning basketball back to Cleveland.