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By BILL JEANSONAPRIL 8:21 AM ETBRIDGE, N.Y. — When the season begins, the biggest question mark in the 2017 season is how many wins the Cavaliers will accumulate.
If the team wins 10 games or more in a row and has the best record, they will be guaranteed to be in the playoffs.
If they don’t, however, the Cavs will have to win at least five games to remain in the postseason.
With this in mind, ESPN.com’s Chris Forsberg and Joe Lunardi have compiled a list of the 20 most important players for the Cavs in 2017.
We have our own list of players that we believe are key for the Cavaliers, as well as their individual awards.
Here’s the full list of 20:James Harden, Houston RocketsJames Harden is the MVP of the NBA and is a player who has become a key piece to the Cleveland Cavaliers’ success.
The Rockets superstar is averaging 21.5 points and 10.7 rebounds in his last 10 games.
It’s clear he’s not only the best player in the league, but also a leader for the franchise.
The 21-year-old will also earn his fourth consecutive MVP award.
Tobias Harris, Minnesota TimberwolvesThe Timberwolves rookie is the top pick of the 2018 NBA draft and could very well end up being the best prospect in the NBA next year.
The 6-foot-10 forward is averaging 17.5 rebounds and 3.5 assists per game.
He is shooting 52.2 percent on 3-pointers and has been a big reason the Wolves are having a strong start to the season.
Josh Hart, Indiana PacersJosh Hart was a solid NBA player for the Indiana Pacers, but he is now the third-leading scorer in the Eastern Conference and has missed the last three games due to injury.
He could still return to the starting lineup for the team in 2019.
Dario Saric, Saric brothersDario and his twin brother, Dario, are both key pieces of the Serbian basketball team.
They have been the top point guard and playmaker for the Saric Brothers team that has won three Serbian league championships and seven Serbian Cups.
The two are now on the road to playing for Serbia’s national team and the pair will be in town for the 2018 World Cup of Basketball.
Nikola Vucevic, Washington WizardsNikola is the fourth-leading rebounder for the Wizards and he is also one of the best point guards in the game.
The 5-foot, 10-year veteran is averaging a team-leading 14.8 rebounds per game and is shooting 49.2%.
He is also averaging a career-high 14.1 points and 2.3 assists per contest.
Kobe Bryant, Los Angeles LakersKobe is averaging 25.8 points per game for the Lakers, but has had to play through injuries, including a torn ACL that cost him most of the 2016-17 season.
He still leads the league in assists with 22.6 per game, but the Lakers are coming off a season-worst 39 losses and have struggled to finish games.
Jordan Clarkson, Portland Trail BlazersJordan Clarkson is averaging 14.4 points and 7.8 assists per night for the Trail Blazers.
He has been the best defender for the Blazers, averaging 1.6 steals per game against the league’s top point guards.
Jeremy Lin, Boston CelticsJeremy Lin has emerged as one of NBA’s top players, but injuries and inconsistency have kept him from reaching the heights he has dreamed of.
Lin is averaging 18.5 ppg, 4.7 rpg and 3,7 apg in 21 games this season.
Klay Thompson, Golden State WarriorsKlay is averaging 20.3 points and 11.4 rebounds per contest for the Warriors, but they have lost their past three games.
The team is coming off back-to-back losing seasons.
Kevin Durant, Oklahoma City ThunderKevin Durant is averaging 27.5 point per game in the Oklahoma City area, but there is concern he could be a long-term problem for the Thunder.
The reigning NBA MVP is averaging just 9.3 rebounds and 1.7 assists per 36 minutes.
Tim Hardaway Jr., Dallas MavericksTim Hardown Jr. is averaging 12.7 points and 8.4 assists per outing for the Mavericks.
He also is averaging 2.9 steals per outing.
Maurice Harkless, Indiana FeverMaurie Harkingsons role on the Pacers was growing during his rookie season, but a fractured finger forced him to miss three games last season.
The center has now been in and out of the lineup since.
He had just four points, three assists and two steals in six games during the All-Star break.
Antonio Daniels, Boston ClippersAnton Daniels is averaging 8.2 points and 4.4 boards per game this season for the Clippers, but his offense has been hampered by injuries.