Once LeBron James announced his decision to leave the Cleveland Cavaliers in favor of joining the Miami Heat in a much-maligned, made-for-TV special, the demand for Cavaliers tickets dropped faster than any other NBA team’s at the time. Without the consensus best player in the league, Cleveland Cavaliers tickets almost weren’t worth the paper they were printed on.
That may well change this season, as current Cavaliers point guard Kyrie Irving is generating some buzz around the NBA as one of the league’s best young players. And heading into his third professional season, he may finally be reaching his full potential.
That’s a scary thoughts for Central Division opponents, but a welcome one for a franchise trying to sell Cavaliers tickets like it once did when James was in town as a member of the home team.
Irving leads a roster full of twenty-somethings with much to prove in the 2013-14 NBA season. Cleveland could be one of the league’s surprise teams this year if Irving truly takes the reins and gets strong seasons from his supporting cast.
The similarities between the Cavs of James’s era and today’s roster are readily apparent; not much has changed since James left town, as Irving is the lone star in Cleveland’s lineup. Much like how James carried the day when he was wearing a Cavs uniform, it will be on Irving’s shoulders to lead Cleveland to victory this season.
The good news for fans with Cavaliers tickets is that the third year in the NBA is when emerging stars generally have their breakout seasons. There’s no doubt that Cavs fans are hoping that holds true for Irving. And while some hometown fans are holding out hope that James has a change of heart and signs with Cleveland in the summer of 2014 as a free agent, this is Irving’s team at the moment.
Quicken Loans Arena seats won’t be in short supply this year, as the Cavs are still rebuilding from James’s “Decision.” However, there’s some reason to think that Cavs tickets may be in higher demand if Irving can prove he was worthy of being drafted no. 1 overall in 2011.