The five things that must happen for the Cleveland Cavaliers to make the playoffs in 2013-14 do not include consistent production from Andrew Bynum.
If the newly acquired big man is able to regain 80 percent of his All-Star form during the second half this year, the Cavs could become a lock for the postseason. But even if Bynum's health prevents him from a significant contribution, the Cavaliers are still equipped with the pieces necessary to secure a playoff berth without him.
Those chances will ultimately begin with Kyrie Irving's ability to duplicate his All-Star performance from a season ago while making strides to become a complete superstar.
In addition, Dion Waiters, Anderson Varejao, Tristan Thompson, Jarrett Jack and others must also excel at their respective roles while making a collective commitment to defense under head coach Mike Brown.