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Young Cavaliers Backcourt Dynamic Duo

Story By: Brian Skowronski



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  Original Published: 11/7/2012

It may just be four games into the young NBA season, but Cleveland may finally have a reason to smile after LeBron James broke the hearts of Cavaliers fans three years ago. The franchise's top picks from the last two NBA Draft's look as though they are worthy of their lottery selections and have created a buzz throughout the city in just their first week as NBA teammates.

Kyrie Irving, the number one overall pick in 2011 and Dion Waiters, the Cavs top draft selection this year have been the biggest reason the NBA's youngest team is off to a 2-2 start. Many thought the Cavs were making a mistake when they drafted combo guards with their top picks in back to back seasons, but head coach Byron Scott believes it could be a huge advantage in the long run.

“This is what we were thinking,” Scott said of pairing Waiters with Irving. “We’d have another guy who can make plays, that could score, also find other guys and beat people off the dribble, create for himself, create for his teammates.”

And so far the tandem has certainly not dissappointed.

Both just 20-years of age, the dynamic young backcourt are Cleveland's top two scorers with Irving averaging nearly 24 ppg and Waiters 16. In Monday's 108-101 win over the Clippers, the duo combined for 52 points including late back to back triples by Waiters to give Cleveland the lead and a clutch three by Irving with 28 seconds to play that iced a Cavs victory. Just a couple days earlier, the tandem nearly rallied Cleveland back for a win at Milwaukee when Irving hit another clutch bucket with under a second remaining to tie the game 102 apiece, but Brandon Jennings would hit a deep three at the buzzer for a Bucks win. 

The Cavaliers and their dynamic guards continue the teams six-game road trip Wednesday evening at 2-2 Golden State, a team that also features a pair of young backcourt mates in Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson. The Warriors combo will be a good test for Waiters and Irving, providing another opportunity to prove themselves worthy of respect throughout the league.

But so far so good for the Cavaliers fearless perimeter assassins, who at least to this point in the season have proven to be up for the challenge, even though the tandem are the two youngest players on Cleveland's roster. So even though Waiters and Irving may be young, they've certainly shown in their first week as NBA teammates they're ready.      

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