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Tristan Thompson was a pleasant surprise for Cleveland fans last year. He showed excellent defensive instincts, was a very underrated rebounder and was a solid finisher.
True, he is about as far from a polished scorer as you can be, but he has the right attitude to develop that aspect of his game. Remember, Charles Oakley began his career as an offensive liability, but he eventually developed into a stud on that end of the court.
But the question for Cleveland is whether or not it can afford to have its two big men starters be offensive weak points.
Anderson Varejao is the incumbent starter up front, but he largely brings the same type of game as Thompson: big on effort, small on offensive skill.
The Cavs will be running plenty of pick-and-rolls. Another big, athletic body will be ideal, but they also will be struggling to score most nights. Having an offensive liability at both the center and power forward spots could be problematic.
So who else could be the starter up front? Rookie Tyler Zeller could pair very well with Varejao, giving the Cavs a very big frontcourt and allowing Thompson to come off the bench and provide energy and defense.
The key to this position battle will be who pairs best with Irving.