Cleveland Cavaliers Must Stay Healthy To Be Relevant In 2013-2014 Season

By Zach Morrison
Anderson Varejao
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It’s been a few years since LeBron James left the Cleveland Cavaliers to join Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh with the Miami Heat. The Cavaliers have a new foundation now. Kyrie Irving is a rising superstar and will be the top point guard in the NBA in a few seasons.

Over this past offseason, the Cavaliers did everything they could to add another superstar to help Irving. They ended up signing oft-injured free agent center Andrew Bynum to a very low-risk, high-reward deal.

Bynum is a very productive player … when he is actually on the court, that is. For the majority of his career, Bynum has had injury problems. He has been rumored to have “degenerative knees”, which doesn’t sound good. The Cavaliers’ starting center from last season, Anderson Varejao, is another player that is extremely effective. However, like Bynum, injuries are always a major concern with the floppy-haired Varejao.

To make matters worse, the Cavaliers’ superstar Irving also has some injury troubles. In 2012-13, Irving only played in 59 games. When he was on the floor, he averaged 22.5 points and 5.9 assists per game. If he can stay healthy, Irving will be a legitimate MVP candidate in 2013-14.

Varejao only appeared in 25 games last season, but he averaged a ridiculous 14.1 points and 14.4 rebounds per game. He hasn’t played more than 40 games since the 2009-10 season. Bynum missed all of last season while rehabbing from surgery, and will miss this preseason because he is not ready for game action yet.

Bynum hasn’t played more than 65 games since 2006-07 when he didn’t start on an everyday basis, but amazingly played in all 82 games.

Irving, Bynum and Varejao also have guys like Tristan Thompson, Dion Waiters and rookie forward Anthony Bennett to rely on for some of the scoring load. If the Cavs are able to stay healthy for the majority of the season, they will be a playoff team. The roster is stocked with young talent that is only getting better and more experienced.

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