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Cleveland Cavaliers: 5 Players Who Can Help Ease Team’s Growing Pains

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5 Players Who Can Help Lure LeBron Back Home

5 Players Who Can Help Lure LeBron Back Home
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The Cleveland Cavaliers are coming off of a 24-58 season to, really, no one’s surprise. This offseason, they made a few nice moves that should automatically help improve their record this season, but the players have to do their part, too. As the 2014 free agency looms closer and the idea of the prodigal son LeBron James possibly opting out of Miami to return home to Cleveland in the back of their mind, the Cavaliers would love nothing more than to have their young guys go out there this season and show LeBron that if he comes back, he won’t be the only guy able to carry this team.

There’s no question that Kyrie Irving will step up this season and help the Cavs to the best of his ability, but what about everyone else? Andrew Bynum comes to Cleveland after being traded to Philadelphia from the Lakers and not playing a minute last season. Anderson Varejao is coming off of an injury that kept him out all but 25 of the games last season. Dion Waiters, Tristan Thompson and Tyler Zeller are all part of the young core the Cavaliers have. Another year of experience is always a good thing. The newest member of said core is first overall pick Anthony Bennett. I would say it was a surprise to see the Cavs take Bennett first overall, but if he develops on the court for them, then nothing will be said about it.

There are a few other players on the Cavaliers that the team can benefit from, but if these five players step up, the Cavs may be able to sing “Cleveland Rocks” once again.

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Dion Waiters

Dion Waiters
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Dion Waiters was the second-leading scorer on this team in his rookie year. Now with the addition of Bynum, he won't have to score as much, but an all-around improvement in his game will help the Cavs this season.

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Tristan Thompson

Tristan Thompson
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Tristan averaged just about a double-double last season with 11 points and nine rebounds per game. If he can up those numbers and average a double-double for the whole season, it will go a long way in improving this team.

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Kyrie Irving

Kyrie Irving
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This team is hands down Kyrie's, but he can make this team better this season if he's able to keep Bynum involved in the offense.

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Anthony Bennett

Anthony Bennett
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Anytime you're the first overall pick, you have high expectations. Anthony Bennett needs to come in right from the get go and play at a high level. If he can do that, this team will be very deep and tough to beat night in and night out.

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Andrew Bynum

Andrew Bynum
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Andrew Bynum is injury prone and missed the entire season last year, but Cleveland signed him to a very friendly contract. Bynum is going to be the man in the middle for the Cavs, and if he can come in and average a double-double or just under one, he can help this team immediately.