NBA News: ESPN Slots the Cavaliers 28th in Preseason Power Rankings

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.

The Browns were recently ranked 32nd in the NFL and lost Thursday night’s contest. Cleveland!

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  • RUS

    man the kings have been bad for a long long time now.

  • mgbode

    I think we are better than Detroit, Milwaukee, Washington, and Orlando (along with Charlotte -& Sacramento). But, it’s not I can argue against the ranking all that much either.

    So, Browns ranked 32/32, Cavs ranked 28/32, and Indians ranked 27/30 (and that was before the 2/3 White Sox series).

    Once they update, it is very likely that ESPN will consider the Indians the closest of our cities sport franchises to being good (need to be 26/30 to upstage Cavs). Just think about that for a moment.

  • mgbode

    so you are saying that they are due?

  • The_Real_Shamrock

    You are a real kill joy ya know that!!! Thank God there isn’t a fourth professional sports team in this city.

  • Return of the (Alex) Mack

    I am excited for Cavs basketball. A large portion of my excitement is due to the fact that both Ubaldo Jiminez & Greg Little are not on the Cavs

  • Dee P

    It’s always darkest before the dawn.

  • Steve

    We probably are, but Waiters is still a who-knows, we’re expecting Thompson to have developed over the summer, and I think Stein is subconsciously taking into account the Varejao injury. 28 seems fair for the moment.

  • Dan105

    There are only 30 teams in the NBA.

  • mgbode

    good catch. my fault and that means the Indians are already considered the “best” Cleveland team.