Cleveland Cavaliers still a couple years away from being NBA playoff contender

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The Sports Bank will be counting down to the opening tip of the 2012-13 NBA season with team by team previews starting with the worst and working our way to the title contenders.  There is no lockout this time around so let’s get going.

Year two of the post-LeBron James makeover in Cleveland is underway.  Led by reigning NBA Rookie of the Year, Kyrie Irving, the future is getting brighter for the Cavs but they are still a couple of seasons away from being a legitimate playoff contender.

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LeBron-less Cavs Could Go from Best to Worst in East

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The Cleveland Cavaliers franchise may never fully recover from LeBron James leaving for the Miami Heat.  Look how long it has taken the Bulls to shake off the effects of Michael Jordan‘s retirement.  David Kay’s NBA season previews continues with a team that could very realistically go from the best in the Eastern Conference to the worst.

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NBA Power Rankings: #4 Cleveland Cavaliers

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By: David Kay

2008-09 Season Summary:

They had the best record in the NBA, the league’s MVP and Coach of the Year, but once again LeBron and the Cavs fell short of the ultimate goal, winning the NBA Championship. The acquisition of Mo Williams proved to be a great move as he provided LeBron a running mate who could step up when the King was having an “off” night. Zydrunas Ilgauskas, Ben Wallace, and Wally Szczerbiak took a step back though and failed to be the complimentary players needed to deliver, especially down the stretch run in the post-season. LeBron continues to live up to the hype and is quickly becoming one of the best to ever play the game. He simply cannot do it all by himself. Now faced with the potential departure of King James from Cleveland next summer, Cavs management has no room for finding the right pieces and must act now in figuring out what it will take to bring the gold ball home.

Check out the complete Cavs season preview and other NBA previews.