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Cleveland Cavaliers 2013-2014 NBA Season Preview

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Cleveland Cavaliers 2013-2014 NBA Season Preview - 10/18/2013 Free NBA Analysis

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Key Additions: Andrew Bynum, Jarrett Jack, Anthony Bennett, Segey Karasev, and Earl Clark

Key Departures: None

This season Cleveland will be the quintessential wait and see team. There are however, several things about the Cavs which are not about to change any time soon. Kyrie Irving, assuming he can shake the injury bug, can be one of the top point guards in the league. His ball handling and scoring abilities are off the charts along with his athleticism. With him as a floor general and all the excellent additions the Cavaliers have made the outlook for their season, if not bright, at least sunny. 

Bringing in Jarret Jack will be a great thing for this team. He shot 40% from the perimeter last season with Golden State and was a large part of their playoff run. Earl Clark coming over from the Lakers will if nothing else give the Cavs some defensive flexibility as he is capable if not competent in defending both the 3 and 4. Anthony Bennett as the number one overall pick does not really have super high expectations placed on him as this was a down year for the draft but the hope is that he will be able to provide some significant minutes off the bench as the year moves on. The rookie which could have the most immediate impact is the Russian Sergey Karasev. He gives Cleveland much needed floor spacing and is by all accounts an excellent outside shooter. The real enigma of the Cavaliers offseason was the signing of Andrew Bynum. Bynum who played exactly zero minutes for the 76ers last season is supposed on his way to being healthy and if he can refrain from bowling accidents and be a motivated worker he could once again find himself among the premier big men in the game. Since he was signed to a deal of only two years with $6 million of $24.8 million being guranteed it is to be hoped he will find some motivation to get on the floor and prove he is worthy of the max deal he thought he would have been in line for once he left Los Angeles.

Looking to project this future of this team is a tall task because of all their injury potential. If they can all stay healthy, which almost never happens, this team could actually very good however looking at the fact that Bynum would have to be healthy things do not look as positive. The Cavs have, which could possibly be the most important, made themselves an appealing landing spot for Lebron James next year.

Projection: 35-47    

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