The Cleveland Cavaliers training camp officially starts today, and yesterday, the Cavs released their official training camp roster. They invited 20 players into camp and will look to narrow the roster down to 15 by opening night.
CLEVELAND CAVALIERS 2013-14 ROSTER
(as of September 30, 2013)
|6||Anthony Bennett||F||6-8||240||3/14/93||Nevada-Las Vegas ’13 / Canada||R|
|21||Andrew Bynum||C||7-0||285||10/27/87||St. Joseph’s HS (NJ) ’05 / USA||7|
|6||Earl Clark||F||6-10||225||1/17/88||Louisville ’09 / USA||4|
|9||Matt Dellavedova||G||6-4||190||9/8/90||Saint Mary’s ’13 (CA) / Australia||R|
|5||DeSagana Diop||C||7-0||280||1/30/82||Oak Hill Academy (VA) ’01 /Senegal||12|
|30||Carrick Felix||G /F||6-6||210||8/17/90||Arizona State ’13 / USA||R|
|33||Alonzo Gee||G/F||6-6||219||5/29/87||Alabama ’09/USA||4|
|2||Kyrie Irving||G||6-3||191||3/23/92||Duke ’11 /USA||2|
|1||Jarrett Jack||G||6-3||197||10/28/83||Georgia Tech ’05/USA||8|
|35||Kenny Kadji||F||6-10||242||5/19/88||Miami (FL) ’13/USA||R|
|10||Sergey Karasev||G/F||6-7||203||10/26/93||BC Triumph ’13 / Russia||R|
|20||Michael Lee||F||6-9||215||6/5/86||St. Bonaventure ’08/USA||R|
|0||C.J. Miles||G/F||6-6||222||3/18/87||Skyline HS (TX) ’05/USA||8|
|14||Henry Sims||C||6-10||245||5/27/90||Georgetown ’12 / USA||R|
|8||Jermaine Taylor||G||6-5||205||12/8/86||Tavares HS (FL) ’09 / USA||2|
|13||Tristan Thompson||F/C||6-9||227||3/13/91||Texas ’11/USA||2|
|17||Anderson Varejao||F/C||6-11||260||9/28/82||FC Barcelona ’04/Brazil||9|
|3||Dion Waiters||G||6-4||221||12/10/91||Syracuse ’12/USA||1|
|4||Elliot Williams||G||6-5||180||6/20/89||Memphis ’10 / USA||1|
|40||Tyler Zeller||F/C||7-0||250||1/17/90||North Carolina ’12/USA||1|
Some of the new invitees made an impression on the Cavs in summer league, some are returning to Cleveland for another shot in the NBA (DeSagana Diop!) and some are basically unknown. Regardless, this group should make for a competitive training camp and preseason. There are essentially only a couple of spots up for grabs on the Cavs final roster, so some of these guys are really going to have to impress in order to have any shot at making the team.
As Kyrie Irving prepares for his third NBA season, he seems poised to take that next step as the leader of the team. According to Joe Gabriele with Cavs.com, Irving added some muscle over the offseason and gathered several of his teammates for workouts.
“I put in a lot of hard work with my teammates this offseason and we have the pieces to do something special this year,” said Irving. “This summer was about leading by example and being vocal out here with these guys. It’s my third year here in Cleveland. I feel like I’ve grown from a little guy, a 19-year-old, into a young man here. It starts with me. I’m the leader of the team, and I take full responsibility for that.”
The former Rookie of the Year and All-Star has even higher aspirations for his personal game this season also. According to Jason Lloyd with the Akron Beacon Journal, Irving is now determined to become the best player in the league and also become better defensively in Mike Brown’s system.
You have to love the confidence and leadership role that Irving has decided to embrace this season. While being the best player in the league is unrealistic for this season, it’s still very encouraging to see that as one of his goals. The crazy part is, with as many great players as there are in the league, it’s also not out of the question in the near future. Irving is that good. At only 21 years of age, becoming the best player in the league is definitely achievable in the next few years. Just not quite yet.
As far as Andrew Bynum updates, it still sounds like he is quite a ways away from actually playing, but he did look better on Monday and had some positive things to tell the media. He told Lloyd he will “definitely” play this season for the Cavs.
As we know, he just started lifting and running over the last couple weeks and has yet to actually get back on the court. According to Lloyd, however, the “Cavs privately raving about how hard Bynum has worked. He said he doesn’t think this is his last chance, but ‘my approach had to change.’”
The Cavs organization has been stressing how hard Bynum has been working for the last few weeks now and Bynum has been saying all the right things to the Cleveland media. Now we just have to wait and see how his knees respond to actually playing again. It could still be some time before he’s actually able to play consistent, competitive minutes again and this writer fully expects the Cavs to bring him along slowly. It would be surprising to this writer if he were playing significant minutes before the first of the year. We can hope, though.
Overall, a lot of positives came out of the Cavs media day, which is to be expected. Now it’s time for the Cavs to really get down to business as training camp gets underway today.
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