The winningest coach in Michigan basketball history is making the move to the NBA. Last year, John Beilein expressed interest in coaching the Detroit Pistons. But this year, he accepted the Cleveland Cavaliers’ offer.
Beilein agreed to a five-year deal with the team. His departure ends the run of basketball excellence outside the Fab Five in Michigan basketball. Beilein went 278-150 in 12-years at the helm of the Wolverines. His tenure included two trips to the national title game, two Big Ten titles and two Big Ten tournament titles.
His coaching style meshes well with the NBA. Beilein’s offense relies heavily on player movement without the ball around the perimeter. The option is still there for players to drive to the basket, but his signature strategy is the drive and kick to the corners for 3. Very Golden State Warriors.
Plus, the Cavs still have some sharpshooters from their Finals team of last year. Collin Sexton improved over his rookie year from the land of 3, setting the Cavalier’s all-time rookie record.
Cedi Osman has shown promise as a sharpshooter, and Kevin Love is as good a stretch four as any when he’s healthy. Although there’ve been rumors the Cavs might look to trade him.
Additionally, there’ll be a couple of first-round picks coming to the franchise next month. Consequently, the Cavs should be a team to be reckoned with. So much so they could fight for the 8 spot next year as approximately 40 wins makes the playoffs in the east.