Though the Cleveland Cavaliers are only four games into the 2013-14 NBA season, the team has already shown both the talent and skill that made them a trendy postseason pick, as well as the inconsistency and mental lapses that could keep them out of the playoffs.
New head coach Mike Brown has already begun to put his mark on the young Cavaliers as a collective unit, as Cleveland is second in the NBA thus far in defensive rating, or points allowed per 100 possessions.
Unfortunately, the Cavaliers also happen to be dead last in the league in offensive rating, scoring just 90.6 points per 100 possessions. Both statistics are based on small sample sizes and aren't likely to hold up over 82 games.
In the meantime, the team has held its own on its own home court, winning home games against a healthy and improved Minnesota Timberwolves team and a Brooklyn Nets squad that hopes to be a championship contender.
Going through the players who have thus far been a part of Brown's rotation, it becomes clear which players will need to improve and which players are due to come back down to earth after fast starts that will be difficult to sustain.
Let's take a look.