10 Reasons the Cleveland Cavaliers' Future Is Bright
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Kyrie Irving has shown signs of brilliance when he has been on the court, showing that he is an amazing asset to the team's future success.
Though things may not be looking so great for the Cavs (20-39) right now, this team is building a young core that will make it an elite force with some more experience.
Here are 10 reasons why the Cavaliers' future is so bright.
Kyrie Irving Is Already an NBA Star
Irving has been fun to watch this season.
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Kyrie Irving is one of the best young players in the NBA today.
He is having a fantastic season thus far for the Cavaliers. Irving is No. 6 in the league in scoring average at 23.3 points per game.
The point guard participated in the 2013 NBA All-Star game, where he contributed 15 points.
He was very busy during the All-Star festivities, also winning the three-point contest and scoring 32 points in the BBVA Rising Stars Challenge.
Kyrie Irving turns 21 later this month and has already accomplished so much. His best days are still ahead of him.
Dion Waiters Is Coming on Strong
Waiters has been surging as of late.
Lately, Dion Waiters has really been hitting his stride.
Waiters was recently named the Eastern Conference Rookie of the Month for February.
In the last month, he played in 12 games, averaging 15.8 points in those matchups while shooting over 50 percent.
The Cavs went 7-5 in those 12 games, and Waiters scored over 20 points in each of the team's final three games of the month.
Waiters is putting forth a strong rookie campaign, averaging just under 15 points, 3.2 assists and one steal per game.
Cavs Are One of the Youngest Teams in NBA
The Cavs have a young nucleus that will continue to grow.
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The Cavaliers are a very young and inexperienced squad.
The average age of the members of the Cavs is just about 25 years, one of the lowest in the league.
Four members of the team participated in the BBVA Rising Stars Challenge. Irving, Waiters, Tyler Zeller and Tristan Thompson all played in the game.
Waiters scored 23 points, making 11 of his 12 shots, and Thompson hit nine of his 10 attempts for 20 points, also grabbing 10 rebounds in the contest.
The Cavaliers have a young team that will continue to grow stronger and smarter.
Another Quality Draft Pick Is Likely on the Way
Cleveland can pick up another young asset in the draft.
This season the Cavs are improving, but will likely end up with a lottery pick in the 2013 NBA Draft.
The Cavaliers can add another yet another piece to the puzzle through the draft.
Perhaps the team could add another big man to the roster to bolster the defense and provide scoring down low.
Nerlens Noel would be a great addition to the Cavs if they could get their hands on him.
The Cavaliers will have a handful of draft picks this year and can use them to continue adding young talent.
Cavs' Young Bigs Can Be Groomed into Strong Contributors
Thompson and Zeller can be developed.
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Developing young big men is usually tough, but the rewards are great when done so correctly.
The Cavaliers have two young big men who have played significant minutes this season.
Tristan Thompson and Tyler Zeller have been very important to the Cavs, with Anderson Varejao out for the remainder of the season.
Thompson has played well this season, averaging 11.3 points and 9.2 rebounds per game. Zeller has also been solid, but still has much to improve on as a rookie.
Both of these players can continue to grow stronger and tougher. Thompson has already improved his game and will be important to the success of the team.
The Cavs Will Have the Best NBA Backcourt Soon Enough
Already Irving and Waiters are forming a tough backcourt.
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The duo of Irving and Waiters is already one of the better backcourt combinations in the NBA.
With Irving in his second season and Waiters in just his first, this duo will become dominant.
This season, the two guards are combining for over 38 points per game for the Cavaliers. Together they are also combining for almost nine assists and 2.7 steals per game.
In time, these two young stars will form the best backcourt in the league.
Anderson Varejao Is a Great Model for Younger Big Men
Varejao can teach his teammates the importance of hustle.
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Varejao was off to a great start this season before facing injury.
He was averaging a career-high 14.1 points and 14.4 rebounds per game in 25 contests.
Varejao has never been known as an elite player, but has always been known for his hustle and determination.
He does the little things in basketball that coaches love. Varejao plays strong defense, rebounds very well and even takes charges.
The veteran should help teach and show the Cavaliers' young big men the importance of hustle.
Cavs Are Progressively Getting Better
Cleveland is getting better with time.
Cleveland has improved each season since the departure of LeBron.
Two seasons ago the Cavs struggled mightily, ending up with a weak 19-63 record.
Since then, the team has added some key pieces, such as Irving, and has slowly progressed.
Last season the Cavs won 21 games in a shortened season, and they already have 20 wins this season.
The Cavaliers have gotten better each season since James bolted. They will keep getting better and better as the young squad matures over the next few years.
Offense Is Solid and Will Become More Efficient
The Cavs can score and will only become more efficient.
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Offense has not been much of a problem for the Cavaliers this season; the team is averaging 97.6 points per game so far in 2013.
Irving and Waiters give the Cavs strong scoring threats and can compete with the best in the NBA.
Cleveland scores well, but is No. 28 in the league in field goal percentage.
This is something that will get better with time.
As the young players start to get a stronger feel for what shots should and shouldn't be taken, the efficiency of the Cavs offense will improve drastically.
Building Around Irving Will Pay off
As Irving continues to grow, so will the Cavs success.
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Kyrie Irving is the type of basketball player who a team should be built around.
He can score in many different ways, and he can make good passes as well as force turnovers.
The point guard position is undoubtedly of utter importance in the NBA.
Irving can shoot well, run the floor and command the offense. He is still at the very beginning of his career and is already making himself known.
Irving will lead the Cavaliers to greatness once the team is mature and ready.