Cohen’s Analysis: Much of Cleveland’s success comes down to the health of Kyrie Irving, who has dealt with an assortment of injuries in his first two seasons in the league. He has had foot problems, a broken hand and fractured bone in his face and other nagging grievances.
Also Andrew Bynum, who the Cavs signed to a two-year deal this summer despite his knee issues, will be a critical component to Cleveland’s aspirations. Bynum had evolved into an All-Star center in L.A. with the Lakers before his injury-riddled campaign in Philadelphia.
If Anthony Bennett, the first overall pick in the 2013 NBA Draft, Tristan Thompson and Dion Waiters rapidly develop, the Cavaliers should be a playoff caliber team this season.