2012-2013 NBA Division Preview: Central Division

5. Cleveland Cavaliers – 21-45 (2011-12)

A team built around their future superstar Kyrie Irving, the Cleveland Cavaliers are starting to look like a respectable NBA team as they continue their life without LeBron. But if the Cavs are looking to make a serious run at the number eight spot in the East this season, they are going to need a healthy Anderson Varejao and have the rookies step up.

Dion Waiters is a natural scorer and good compliment perimeter player to the immensely talented Irving. With the roster lacking scorers, Waiters should make an immediate impact. Fellow rookie Tyler Zeller also could also score early in his career, given his great post game.

Tristan Thompson might be the X-factor for this team’s playoff chances and if last year was any indication, this kid should keep improving. Defensively, Thompson is exactly what the Cavs need. Offensively, he is still raw but learning. Also, look for C.J. Miles, one of the most underrated pickups this off-season, to have a major impact for the young Cavs squad.

Key Players: Kyrie Irving
Key Additions: Dion Waiters, C.J. Miles, Tyler Zeller
Key Departures: Antawn Jamison

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