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2012 NBA power rankings: Cavaliers near bottom after 1-2 start

The Cleveland Cavaliers are near the bottom of the Week 4 NBA power rankings after a 1-2 start.

Mike McGinnis

The Cleveland Cavaliers haven't started out their season in the way they wanted to, as they've lost two of their first three games. But that isn't to say everything is bad, as they've looked very competitive while on the court. At least, they've looked competitive when their starters are on the court, as Kyrie Irving and Anderson Varejao have been playing well. When their depth is out there all at once ... things aren't as great.

Seth Rosenthal of SB Nation released his Week 2 NBA power rankings, and he actually has the Cavaliers up a little higher than some ... though they remain at No. 25, regardless.

Kyrie Irving and Anderson Varejao are each splendid enough to win this team some games, but good lord, is that bench gruesome. Just unseemly. And yet Byron Scott doesn't seem to mind letting that group infest the court en masse for minutes at a time, at least thus far.

Again, the Cavs can go out and win games this season, but it will almost entirely depend on the aforementioned Irving and Varejao, as they lack substantial depth. The depth they do have is young and inexperienced, and it's likely they'll remain low on the weekly power rankings for some time as the team (hopefully) matures.

Photographs by spatulated, Triple Tri, and chrischappelear used in background montage under Creative Commons. Thank you.