7. Kyrie Irving Is Making Watching the Cavs Bearable Again

The wound is still gaping. A mangled gash left in the center of Cavaliers fans' backs from the unsharpened, rusty knife that LeBron skewered Cleveland with. It's the type of damage that only a championship will fully heal, but Cleveland is tough. They've waited before and they can continue to wait, especially when they've already picked up Kyrie Irving, a stud point guard out of Duke who already looks up to NBA speed. It took 63 excruciating losses (including 26 in a row) to earn the No. 1 pick, but that pick has already given the Cavs 6 wins in their first 12 games. Competing with the Timberwolves' Ricky Rubio for Rookie of the Year, Irving is averaging 17.7 points 5.3 assists, and 3.2 rebounds per game and has topped 20 points in five consecutive games. It looks like their near future won't be too bad after all.