In 2010, Cleveland fired head coach Mike Brown following the season, but have reunited with the man that took the franchise to an NBA Finals appearance in 2007. After guiding the Cavs to a franchise best 66-16 record in 2009, Brown's bunch reached the Eastern Conference Finals in 2010, before they were eliminated by the Boston Celtics.
The next season, Cleveland finished with a 15-59 mark, Brown was shown the door and the Cavs were awarded with the top pick in the 2011 Draft.
Cleveland picked a franchise-changing talent in point guard Kyrie Irving.
Over the past two seasons, the Duke product has spawned into, not just one of the top point guards in the league, but perhaps one of the Association's top players.
Despite going a less-than-pedestrian 64-166 over the past three seasons, the Cavs showed signs of improvement in the 2012-13 campaign and it all starts with their point guard.
Over 59 games last season, Irving averaged 22.5 points, 5.9 assists and 1.5 steals per game. Most of the question marks involving Irving don't even concern his talent, but his ability to stay healthy to make it through a grueling 82-game NBA schedule.
Irving missed 15 games as a rookie due to a freak concussion in February 2012 before suffering a season-ending shoulder injury in late-March. The 2012 Rookie of the Year also missed most of his only season at Duke with an ankle injury.
In July of 2012, Irving suffered a broken right hand after slapping a padded wall in frustration during a Cavaliers practice session. The budding superstar suffered yet another setback, his fifth in 24 months, when X-rays revealed a hairline fracture in the ninth game of the season.
This season, Irving expects to stay healthy.
"This is the best I've ever felt coming into a season," he said. "My goal is to become the best player in the league."
Cleveland gained a bit of insurance at the point guard position with the signing of free agent guard Jarrett Jack. Jack, who played a key role off the bench for the Golden State Warriors last season, will provide the Cavs with a scorer off the bench, but for the Cavaliers to reach their full potential this season, Irving will have to remain on the floor.
Irving isn't the only injury-prone impact player on the Cavs' roster. Cleveland inked much-maligned center Andrew Bynum.
When healthy, Bynum is undoubtedly one of the games most talented big men on both ends of the court, but the biggest problem with the 7-footer is staying healthy.
Since coming to the NBA in 2005, Bynum has appeared in just 392-of-554 games. In the 2011-12 season, Bynum posted career-highs with 18.7 points and 11.8 rebounds per game. It was Bynum's second full season, albeit a lockout shortened campaign, but the big man proved that he can be the impact presence down low teams covet in a league with a shortage of talented bigs.
Bynum was dealt to the Philadelphia 76ers after his breakout season in a blockbuster three-team deal, but infamously missed the entire season with knee injuries.
While it is unclear if Bynum will return for the start of the upcoming season, when he does take the court, he could be the perfect compliment to Irving.
In 2012, Cleveland had a pair of lottery picks and selected shooting guard Dion Waiters and forward Tristan Thompson, who both enjoyed encouraging rookie campaigns. The Cavs then used their second first overall pick in three seasons on Anthony Bennett, a 6-foot-7 forward out of UNLV.