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Predicting the Cleveland Cavaliers’ Starting 5 for 2014-15 NBA Season

Predicting the Cleveland Cavaliers' Starting 5 for 2014-15 NBA Season

Kyrie Irving, Cleveland Cavaliers
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For the fourth-straight year, the Cleveland Cavaliers failed to make the NBA Playoffs. Fortunately for the Cavaliers, they have recently won the NBA Draft Lottery for the third time in this four-season stretch. In addition to the top pick in the draft, Cleveland will have a great deal of cap space to sign free agents. Considering these factors, here is a look at what the Cavs' starting five will look like next year.

5. Center- Anderson Varejao

Center- Anderson Varejao
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5. Center- Anderson Varejao

Anderson Varejao, Cleveland Cavaliers
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When healthy, Anderson Varejao has been an important piece for Cleveland. He played in 65 games during the 2013-14 season and was solid on both ends of the court, averaging 8.4 points and 9.7 rebounds per game. Varejao also brings professionalism and veteran leadership to a predominately young Cavaliers team.

4. Power Forward- Tristan Thompson

Tristan Thompson, Cleveland Cavaliers
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4. Power Forward- Tristan Thompson

Tristan Thompson, Cleveland Cavaliers
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Tristan Thompson turned in another solid year for the Cavaliers, but did not make the jump many expected him to make. Still, Thompson brings quality defense and energy to Cleveland's starting lineup. The Cavaliers selected power forward Anthony Bennett first overall last season, but he showed no signs of being ready to take over Thompson's role as the starter.

3. Small Forward- Andrew Wiggins

Andrew Wiggins, Cleveland Cavaliers
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3. Small Forward- Andrew Wiggins

Andrew Wiggins, Cleveland Cavaliers
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Despite rumors that they will trade the first pick for Kevin Love, the Cavaliers will keep the pick and draft Andrew Wiggins. He is a raw prospect, but his potential is through the roof. He is already an exceptional defender and there is no reason to believe he will not become an explosive offensive player as well. Cleveland will land a superstar-caliber player in Wiggins.

2. Shooting Guard- Lance Stephenson

Lance Stephenson, Cleveland Cavaliers
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2. Shooting Guard- Lance Stephenson

Lance Stephenson, Cleveland Cavaliers
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Cleveland has a ton of cap room to pursue free agents with this offseason. One player they could target is Lance Stephenson. He would bring toughness and competitiveness to a Cavs team in desperate need of both. The move would likely result in the end of the Dion Waiters era in Cleveland. In turn, the Cavaliers could flip Waiters for a veteran piece to help solidify their bench.

1. Point Guard- Kyrie Irving

Kyrie Irving, Cleveland Cavaliers
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1. Point Guard- Kyrie Irving

Kyrie Irving, Cleveland Cavaliers
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Kyrie Irving is one of the NBA's brightest young stars. Irving averaged 20.8 points and 6.1 assists during the 2013-14 season. His skill is unquestionable, but his ability to lead a team remains unproven. Cleveland will look for Irving to continue to mature and establish himself as the alpha dog of the franchise. Irving will also benefit from Cleveland adding better talent around him.