The last time the Cleveland Cavaliers made the playoffs, a certain he-who-shall-not-be-named led the team single-handedly.
Three seasons later, another young man looks to advance his team in a singular fashion.
That man would be point guard Kyrie Irving. The second No. 1 overall pick in the last 26 years for the Cavaliers was sensational in his rookie campaign last year, leading his team in points scored.
Notable players joining Irving in 2012 are C Anderson Varejao, fellow 2011 draft pick Tristan Thompson, SF Alonzo Gee and rookie Dion Waiters. It’s an extremely young team—no doubt—but one that has a legitimate shot of making the postseason.
Many would doubt the Cavs chances of making the playoffs after finishing 15th last year in the East at 21-45.
On the contrary, this team is poised for April basketball after a successful first-round draft pick and key pieces already in place.
Let’s document the three reasons why the Cavs will indeed make a worthwhile playoff run in 2012-13.