Recently Cavaliers 101 took a pessimistic approach to the upcoming season, discussing Mike Brown's ability to get this team to next level.
Brown is not the only reason for Cavalier fans to be skeptic heading into the season. This is easily the best team on paper Cleveland has produced in the last three years, but paper doesn't win games.
There are reasons to question whether this team will end up being as talented as the preseason projections suggest, at least in Cleveland.
The one sure-fire talent is Kyrie Irving, but he is the only known certainty.
After that there are two veteran players who have battled injuries. Andrew Bynum and Anderson Varejao have both shown flashes throughout their career of being all-star caliber players.
For a long time, Bynum was considered the second-best center in the NBA and some argued that he could overtake Dwight Howard as the best. Bynum was named an All-Star in 2012, however he has battled injuries throughout his career that have kept him from taking that next step.
Varejao has never played a full NBA season – though twice he played 81 games – and has missed significant time over the last two years. Each of the last two seasons, Andy was on pace for career seasons and was a force defensively in the paint.
Both of these players could be huge for the Cavaliers this season if they can reach their potential and stay healthy, but that is a big question mark.
After that come the young players, Tristan Thompson and Dion Waiters. Thompson is in his third year and Waiters is in his second. Both were high draft picks for Cleveland – fourth overall in back-to-back seasons – yet there were question marks surrounding both.
Many thought the Cavs could have traded down and still acquired these two players, while others thought there was better talent available at each pick.
Both players have done well in their young careers, but neither has shown the type of play the Cavaliers would like out of top-five draft picks. With the way Cleveland is attempting to build a winning team, they have little room for error when it comes to the draft.
That brings us to this year, where Cleveland selected Anthony Bennett. While there was no clear-cut number-one pick in 2013, the Cavaliers were critiqued for taking Bennett over other available players.
Like with Thompson and Waiters, many thought Cleveland could have traded down if Bennett was there guy.
All three of these are "wait and see" players still, but the Cavaliers may not have time to wait.
Of course everything could finally fall into place for the Cavs this season.
If players stay healthy, perform at the level expected, and a chemistry develops between them, things could go right. I'm just not ready to go there quite yet.
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