Cleveland Cavaliers Will Make Playoffs in 2014

By Devin O'Barr
Kyrie Irving Dribbles away
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The Cleveland Cavaliers are 56-145 since LeBron James left for the Miami Heat in the Summer of 2010.

With that being said, the Cavaliers have been exceptional in the draft and are beginning to develop the talent that will bring them back to the postseason. The new frontman is Kyrie Irving who is sixth in all of the NBA in scoring as he is averaging 23.5 points per game this year. At 20 years old Irving still has some room to improve upon as he had a season-low six points and shot 13 percent from the field versus the San Antonio Spurs on Thursday.

Irving did have seven assists in this game as he continues to get an offensive flow going for the Cavaliers.

The Cavaliers have $46,558,731 coming off of the books this Summer and will have plenty of wiggle room to surround Irving with even better talent. Dion Waiters has been excellent in his rookie season and is the shooting guard for the future with the Cavaliers undoubtedly. This leaves the Cavs to focus even more on a front court that has had some growing pains without the team’s oldest player Anderson Varejao.

Varejao’s situation is extremely tricky as he has played in just 50 games in the past two seasons–this year was cut short with a broken ankle and then a severe blood clot. With rookie seven-footer Tyler Zeller taking Varejao’s minutes I could imagine the Cavaliers dealing the eight year veteran to make room for the emerging Zeller.

At 16-37 the Cavaliers are again in line for another lottery pick and they could strike big again like they did with Waiters who has dazzled in his rookie campaign scoring over 14 a night. Look for Byron Scott to take this franchise to the playoffs for the first time in four seasons come 2014.

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