By LG

The NBA season is less than a month off, and for the fans in Cleveland it’s got to be the most exciting preseason since Lebron James left the team. The Cavs will showcase a re-tooled roster that many are predicting could make the playoffs. So let’s take a look at the Cavs for this upcoming season!

What We’ve Lost

The Cavs waved farewell to Wayne Ellington, Omri Casspi, Luke Walton, Daniel Gibson, Shaun Livingston, Kevin Jones and Chris Quinn. No disrespect to anyone on this list, but they won’t’ be missed in Cleveland.

What We’ve Gained

We’ll tackle this one in bullet points:

    • Anthony Bennett – The surprise #1 overall draft pick out of UNLV is a strong, versatile combo forward with undeniable ability, but no sure position.
    • Sergey Karasev – The #19 pick, Karasev is a sharp-shooting forward from Russia.
    • Carrick Felix – The #33 pick out of Arizona State, Felix is a superior athlete, and we’ll hope he’s a second round steal.
    • Andrew Bynum – The enigmatic but enormously talented center is looking for a fresh start, and signed a very favorable deal (for the team) in the offseason.
    • Jarrett Jack – Another offseason signing, Jack was a major piece for the Golden State Warriors last season, and is now arguably the best backup PG in the league.
    • Earl Clark – Always falling under the title “surprisingly effective,” Clark will add some sorely needed depth at the 3 spot.
    • Mike Brown – Finally, there’s the coach, who could be the biggest addition of all. According to NBC Sports, Cleveland dropped from the #7 defense in the league to #29 when Brown left. If he can get the team even halfway back up that list, it’ll be a big deal for the Cavs.

So, who will the new-look Cavs start this season? Well, we’ll start with the no-brainer.

Kyrie Irving will be the starting PG, and seems poised to break out as a bona fide superstar this season. In fact, if you take a glance at Betfair, an Internet casino where there’s a large sports gambling section, you’ll find great odds for Irving to win league MVP!

In the basketball section at this site, odds are given for individual awards, and Irving’s name is right alongside the likes of Lebron and Kevin Durant. Beyond Irving, it seems certain that Dion Waiters will start at the 2, and Andrew Bynum at the 5.

The forward positions are anyone’s guess: Thompson could still start at the 4, with Bennett playing backup and a combination of Clark and Karasev at the 3. Alternatively, Bennett could transition to the 3, with Thompson starting at the 4. It’s even possible that Bennett supplants Thompson at the 4, with Clark/Karasev at the 3. The important thing is, the forward position now shows off some depth!

Depth, defense, and the potentially enormous additions of Bynum and Jack should amount to a much-improved team. Our prediction: 45-37, East 7 seed.

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