The Cleveland Cavaliers are looking to have a successful upcoming season. But just how successful could they be? Here’s a look at five Cleveland Cavalier single-season records that could be broken in 2023-24.
Assists per game
Currently holding the record for most assists per game in a single season for the Cavaliers is Andre Miller. He set the record at an average of 10.9 assists back in the 2001-02 season. Looking towards who could break this record, Darius Garland is a solid contender going into this season. Although averaging only 7.8 assists last season (still impressive but relatively far from the mark), he’s looking to take his playmaking to the next level. While seeing his assists drop slightly from the previous season (2021-22), he did see an improvement in the scoring department by keeping his field goal percentage the same while improving his three point percentage (and keeping his points per game within a tenth of a decimal of the previous season). With the flashes of spectacular playmaking he put on display last season, as well as the considerable scoring improvements, Garland could exit this season as the single season assist leader for the Cavaliers. If he can improve on his playmaking like he did his scoring, that is.
Three pointers made
Here’s a fun fact: 100 percent of the seasons Donovan Mitchell has played for the Cavaliers he’s set the record for the most three pointers made by a Cavalier in a single season at 245. Granted he’s only spent a single year in Cleveland, that’s still indicative of the damage he could do to the current Cavaliers record books. Getting more settled into his role, and becoming more familiar with his teammates and the organizational playstyle, it’s looking like he’ll only continue to improve.
Points per game
Already tied at third for the highest single game scoring performance of all time (behind Wilt Chamberlain and Kobe Bryant) Donovan Mitchell could easily set a new mark for the Cavaliers all time single season scoring average. The current holder is (surprise) Lebron James with 31.4 points, set back in the 2005-06 season. Considering he set the record for most threes made in a season for the Cavaliers, and that he averaged the most points per game of his career last season, it’s safe to assume he’s going to continue to be a threat from all over the floor. If anyone on this team is going to break Lebron’s mark, it’ll be Mitchell.
Blocks per game
Back in the 1991-92 season Cavalier legend Larry Nance set the record for most blocks per game in a single season at three per game. Although Evan Mobley averaged only 1.8 last season (still enough to earn a spot on the All-Defensive First Team) he should start to see a gradual shift towards the center spot across the season. Spending more time in the post, paired with Mobley’s height and insane athleticism, could very easily lead to the young big man earning himself a spot in the Cavaliers record books.
Steals per game
Before he had a fairly decent run with the Chicago Bulls, Ron Harper left his mark in Cleveland. He set the record for most steals per game (2.5) in the 1986-87 season. Bold prediction: Isaac Okoro will break that record this year. Although likely to see a drop in playing time, it’s a make or break season for Okoro. He hasn’t fully lived up to the potential seen in him when taken with the fifth overall pick in the 2020 NBA draft. He has, however, become the team’s go-to when it comes to spot defending. With the exceptional defense shown both at the collegiate and professional level, Okoro absolutely has the defensive capability. It’s just about whether he is able to flourish in the Cavalier’s defensive system or hits a plateau in his play.
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