Apr 5, 2013; Boston, MA, USA; Cleveland Cavaliers power forward Tristan Thompson (13), shooting guard C.J. Miles (0) and point guard Kyrie Irving (2) celebrate against the Boston Celtics during the second half at TD Garden. Mandatory Credit: Mark L. Baer-USA TODAY Sports

30 In 30: Cleveland Cavaliers

LY W-L: 24-58

Key Additions: Andrew Bynum, Earl Clark, Jarrett Jack, Sergey Karasev, Mike Brown (head coach)

Key Departures: Daniel Gibson (maybe)

Analysis: I’m not sure when a team, as bad as the Cavaliers were last year, looked so good (only )a year later with — almost — the entirely same roster. That’s this year’s Cavs, though.

Kyrie Irving is a budding superstar in the league, no one will argue that. Dion Waiters and Tristan Thompson are just going to continue to develop. Oh yeah, and they are returning a healthy Anderson Varejao. Add their three “big” free agent signings of Earl Clark, Jarrett Jack and Andrew Bynum. This team has playoffs written all over it — at least on paper.

But paper means nothing. Ask the Lakers….hey-oooh.

In all seriousness, there’s no question that the key to the Cavaliers season lays in the hands (or knees) of one mister Andrew Bynum. If he’s healthy (and can stay healthy) this team can be really good. The last time he was taking the court healthy on a nightly basis, he averaged 18.7 points and 11.8 rebounds per game. At the same time, spurring a debate as to whether he or Dwight Howard was the best center in the game.

I know we’re all thinking, hoping for it. Let’s just get it out in the open…Heat vs Cavs playoffs?

Winner gets LeBron James?

(Projected) 2013-14 W-L: 44-38*

*assuming Bynum plays at least 60 games

I’m officially drinking the Cavs kool-aid. I really like this team, if healthy. Irving is one moment away from being a legitimate superstar, Waiters might be the next Dwyane Wade and Bynum is a force inside. The Cavs have all the characteristics of a playoff team, all they need to do is push the right buttons. Playoffs.


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