There’s no easy way into the NBA.

Right now, there are 20 guys in Independence who can attest to that. Whether that player was drafted No. 1 overall or worked his way onto the Training Camp roster – getting (and staying) in the league is a grind that’s gotten the better of countless ballers before them.

Of course, some players take a tougher route than others. And if Kyrie Irving’s quest for the NBA was the most direct. The path Alonzo Gee took might have been the toughest.

Here’s something you’re going to hear all season long: The Cleveland Cavaliers are a very young team.

With the departure of veterans like Antawn Jamison and Anthony Parker, the average age of Cleveland’s 20-man Training Camp roster is just 24.3 years old – including four key players (Kyrie Irving, Dion Waiters, Tristan Thompson and Tyler Zeller) that are 22 or under.