The Cleveland Cavaliers enter the final week of the 2013 calender year riding a .500 record in their last 10 games. Thanks to several players grading above preseason predictions—think Anderson Varejao and C.J. Miles—the Cavs stand just one game behind the currently eighth-seeded Boston Celtics.
The following 10 players have been chosen and listed according to their overall contribution to the team. Note that there is no definite correlation between list placement and grade. The latter is formulated based on each player's development on both sides of the ball, efficiency in specified team roles and general play with regard to relative expectations.
For example, Kyrie Irving is clearly the team's best player. However, his porous defense and poor decision-making have dampened some hopes for a breakthrough All-NBA season. Even if Irving is likely headed to New Orleans as a starter for the 2014 Eastern Conference All-Star team, these factors should matter for both Irving and the Cavs moving forward.
My apologies to Anthony Bennett, Tyler Zeller, Sergey Karasev, Henry Sims and Carrick Felix—your respective total minutes weren't anywhere near close to cracking the top 10.
Unless otherwise noted, all stats provided by NBA.com and are current through Wednesday, Dec. 25.