Youth. The Cavs plucked Duke point guard Kyrie Irving, 19, and Texas power forward Tristan Thompson, 20, with the draft's first and fourth picks, respectively. Forward Omri Casspi became a solid rotation player in his second season, and high-energy forward Anderson Varejão, 29, is healthy after missing the second half with a torn tendon in his left ankle.
What they need
There are holes everywhere (shooting guard, center, bench), but Cleveland won't fill them just to win a few more games. Point guard Baron Davis is an amnesty candidate, and forward Antawn Jamison will be shopped for young players or veterans eager to be part of a rebuilding franchise.
Irving and Thompson played a combined 47 games in college. Coach Byron Scott will let them learn on the run, and while the early results won't be pretty, the long-term benefits could be.