The Cleveland Cavaliers will open up the 2012-13 season ranked 28th in ESPN’s NBA Power Rankings. Led by the Miami Heat, Los Angeles Lakers and Oklahoma City Thunder, respectively, the Cavs top only the Charlotte Bobcats and Sacramento Kings.
With specific regard to Cleveland, ESPN’s Marc Stein had the following:
The Cavs, with five or six first- and second-year players in their rotation, will ask their fans for more patience. And you know what? With Varejao coming back and Kyrie poised to serve up more thrills, they’ll undoubtedly get it whether or not Waiters dazzles or stumbles early.