The Cleveland Cavaliers have come a long way from their 19-win showing of a year ago. They are (for the most part) playing good defense, rebounding well, and competing against tough opponents. They’re even finding ways to win some games they probably shouldn’t.
A road win over Boston (something the LeBron-led Cavs could never get) and home wins over Dallas and the Clippers should have won over a few of the doubters who thought the team’s good start was merely the product of an easy schedule.
The Cavaliers look ready to play on most nights. They’ve hung tough in many losses, and have looked a lot better on the road than in years past. Despite their lack of overall talent, they’ve hung tough with the Lakers, Heat and Magic.
Unfortunately for enthusiastic Cavs fans, the lack of talent up and down the roster has been evidenced following a slew of recent injuries.
Byron Scott’s team can compete without Anthony Parker or Daniel Gibson. It can’t win without Kyrie Irving or Anderson Varejao.
The following slideshow will examine the individual strengths and weaknesses of the Cavs roster and determine each player’s worth moving forward.