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Tuesday, September 17, 2013
Updated: September 23, 12:14 PM ET
No. 60: Cleveland Cavaliers

By Ross Marrinson
ESPN The Magazine

Last year's rank: 50
Title track: 90
Ownership: 54
Coaching: 82
Players: 78
Fan relations: 47
Affordability: 30
Stadium experience: 38
Bang for the buck: 103

In the last three years, the Cavs have had four top-five picks, amounting to a Rookie of the Year in Kyrie Irving and three too-soon-to-tells in fellow 2011 draftee PF Tristan Thompson, SG Dion Waiters in 2012 and Anthony Bennett, June's No. 1 selection overall. So expectations were (relatively) high before last season, with a backcourt of Irving and Waiters and a frontcourt of Thompson and Anderson Varejao, but Irving and Varejao missed 80 games combined and the Cavs limped to a 24-58 record, third worst in the East. The team's biggest drop was in our coaching category, falling 42 spots to No. 82. The team responded by rehiring arguably the most successful coach in franchise history, Mike Brown, who in 2007 took the LeBron-led Cavs to the franchise's only NBA Finals appearance in its 44-year history. Hmm, can one reunion beget another? Cavs owner Dan Gilbert could seal the deal on the biggest 180 in sports and complete the walk-back on The Letter by doing what seemed all but unthinkable three years ago -- re-signing LeBron James, who'll be the most coveted free agent in 2014, when the Cavs have just $17.6 million committed to the payroll. Let the rumor mill swirl.