The regular season schedule for the Cavs was just recently released and, with this new information, we can begin to make some predictions on how this season will turn out for this rebuilding franchise.
A playoff berth should not be out of the question for Cleveland due to the depth and talent currently on the roster and the fact that the organization competes in the weak Eastern Conference. Sure, the East has a few elite squads, but a majority of their playoff spots are battled over between mediocre clubs.
Worst-case scenario for the franchise is that the prospects on the roster gain valuable experience and chemistry playing together. Depending on how well these young players, including rookies Dion Waiters and Tyler Zeller, blend into the rotation, this could be a great year for Cleveland basketball.
In the end, though, this team goes only as far as reigning Rookie of the Year Kyrie Irving takes them. The point guard, who is recovering from a broken hand, made a few waves this summer playing for Team USA's Select Team. At times, Irving outplayed some of the facilitators on Team USA.
This shouldn't shock the fans of Cleveland, though, as Irving played exceptionally in his first season in the Association. In a league dominated by point guards, Irving's dominance on a consistent basis is nothing to look over. He may never play at the level of James, but this young man is nothing to scoff at.
Nonetheless, this is sure to be one exciting year for a team, franchise and city still distraught over the loss of arguably the greatest player of this decade.