Cleveland Cavaliers: Where do they rank in the East with Donovan Mitchell?

Donovan Mitchell (Kevin Jairaj-USA TODAY Sports)
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Darius Garland
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Breaking down where the Cleveland Cavaliers rank in the Eastern Conference after the blockbuster acquisition of Donovan Mitchell. 

Had you predicted that Donovan Mitchell would be traded to the Cleveland Cavaliers this offseason, I’m not sure if many would’ve agreed. Nevertheless, here we are less than a month before the start of training camp.

Mitchell is a Cav and Cleveland is now considered one of the better teams in the East. At least on paper, Cleveland will enter the season with one of the most talented young rosters in the league. A core four of Mitchell, Darius Garland, Evan Mobley, and Jarrett Allen is really good. Even more so considering every one of those players is under the age of 25.

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That means there’s a good chance that each of those players hasn’t even reached the prime years of their career yet. That should bode well for a team that is trying to make a jump up the standings in the Eastern Conference.

Question is, how much improved will the Cavs be this season with the addition of Mitchell? That’s a question that will dominate the headlines surrounding this team heading into training camp.

So, less than 24 hours after the big move, let’s dig into it.