Cleveland Cavaliers 2012-13 NBA Preview
Kyrie Irving of the Cleveland Cavaliers shown in an undated photo. (Photo by slimm978/Flickr.com)
21-45, 5th in Central Division, 13th in Eastern Conference
93.0 PPG/100.2 OPP PPG
Kelenna Azubuike – SF
Omri Casspi – SF
Michael Eric – PF
Daniel Gibson – SG
Luke Harangody – F
Kyrie Irving – PG
Jon Leuer – F
C.J. Miles – SF
Jeremy Pargo – PG
Samardo Samuels – PF
Donald Sloan – PG
Tristan Thompson – F
Anderson Varejao – PF
Dion Waiters – SG
Luke Walton – SF
Tyler Zeller – C
Dion Waiters, Tyler Zeller, Jon Leuer, Kelenna Azubuike, Jeremy Pargo
Antawn Jamison, Anthony Parker, Manny Harris, Semih Erden
PG – Kyrie Irving
SG – Daniel Gibson
SF – Omri Casspi
PF – Tristan Thompson
C – Anderson Varejao
The Cleveland Cavaliers have a budding superstar in place with Kyrie Irving. Unfortunately, they don’t have a number two option on the team. Anderson Varejao is a solid player who will work tirelessly but he can’t be considered an option.
Newly-drafted Dion Waiters could become that second option, although he still has to acclimate himself to the NBA game. If Irving and Waiters can find a way to co-exist on the offensive end and complement each other instead of mirror each other, they’re going to be much better off.
Hopefully Irving’s broken hand is a non-issue and no lingering effects are felt. Without him, this team would crumble as it did last season.
Irving improves and Waiters shows he can be a reliable scorer and shooter in the NBA. The Cavaliers push for the No. 8 seed in the Eastern Conference but narrowly miss out and chalk it up to excellent experience.
Irving suffers a sophomore slump and his hand gives him troubles throughout the year. Waiters and Irving clash as oppose to gel and the team gets another shot at a high lottery pick.
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