2012 NBA power rankings: Cavaliers at or near the bottom after preseason

Eric P. Mull-US PRESSWIRE

The Cleveland Cavaliers are at or near the bottom of the power rankings following the preseason.

The Cleveand Cavaliers have a lot of hope for the 2012-13 season, or at least they have a lot of hope that their roster will show some big things. There's 10 players with two years or less experience on the roster, and Kyrie Irving headlines that bunch. He'll be the team's primary option and he'll try to lead them to victories this season, but he's definitely facing an uphill battle.

SB Nation released their power rankings on Monday in advance of the regular season, and Seth Rosenthal isn't confident that the Cavaliers will be able to make things happen this year, as he has them at No. 26 on his rankings.

Kyrie Irving is a majestic creature, but last year's offensively and defensively poor squad plus a couple rookies still looks like a pretty bad team. Note that this low ranking neglects the possibility that Kyrie Irving has taken up asexual reproduction and will bud additional Kyrie Irvings as the season progresses.

ESPN's Marc Stein actually hast the Cavaliers the lowest of the major power rankings, with them at No. 28, ahead of only Orlando and Charlotte. Pro Basketball Talk has them at No. 24, and they believe the Cavaliers will have a severely lacking offense this season. Lastly, CBS Sports has them almost as low as ESPN did, at No. 27, above Orlando, Charlotte and Washington.

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