‘Tis the season of super teams. The Golden State Warriors, Minnesota Timberwolves, Oklahoma City Thunder, and the Cleveland Cavaliers are all stacked with at least three players who have made an All-NBA list, making this season the first of its kind.
Who would have known that the 2007 trade that sent Kevin Garnett and Ray Allen to the Boston Celtics would have led to this?
But if the assembling of super teams has taught us anything, it’s that just because you have the talent, that doesn’t mean it will come together (2010 Miami Heat, 2013 Brooklyn Nets, 2013 Lakers are just a few examples).
So it should be no surprise that Dwyane Wade, a 10-time all-NBA, 3-time champion, and MVP of the 2006 Finals, decided that he wants to come off the bench for the first time in his career.
Ty Lue told reporters today that Wade came to him personally to bench himself, meaning JR Smith will return to the starting lineup.
The Cavaliers’ new Kyrie-less starting lineup has failed to gel with Wade in the starting lineup. Through the first three games, the 14-year vet has been averaging 5.7 points and 3.3 assists in 23.7 minutes per game, shooting 28 percent from the floor.
In his words, he’s been having difficulty finding his rhythm.
The Cavaliers aren’t the only super team struggling right now.
The defending NBA Champion Golden State Warriors are 1-2, losing their home opener and an away game in Memphis where two-time MVP Stephen Curry got so frustrated, he threw his mouthpiece and was ejected from the game.
The 82-game season is definitely a slow grind. It will be interesting to see which teams figure it out and which fail miserably.