Waiters should be starting for the Cavs right away.
Kyrie Irving, Dion Waiters, Omri Casspi, Tristan Thompson and Anderson Varejao
Man, is this team young. Three of those five names have been drafted in the last 14 months.
It's hard to know what to expect from the Cavs this season. But there's a lot of talent.
Irving is already a star; Varejao is okay with doing every last bit of the dirty work upfront and doesn't need the ball, and Thompson showed flashes last year of being a very good 4.
Where there are real issues is at the 3. Casspi flunked out last year following his move from Sacramento to the Midwest, and the best the Cavs have to offer behind him right now is Kelanna Azubuike, who has played 12 games since the end of the '08-'09 season.
There could be some question as to whether Waiters or veteran Boobie Gibson starts at the 2. Waiters made his hay at Syracuse coming off the bench and could be a nice instant-offense option in that same role for Cleveland.
But Gibson is undersized to really play the 2, and that's being charitable. Plus, as a rebuilding team, how much sense does it make not to start the fourth-overall pick in the draft, seeing as how he's as important a part of your future as anyone on the roster?
Having Varejao gives the Cavs the luxury of bringing along their other first rounder, Tyler Zeller, slowly.
They don't have that same luxury at the 2; Waiters has to start.