Projected Starters: Kyrie Irving, Andrew Wiggins, LeBron James, Tristan Thompson, Anderson Varejao
Notable Challengers: Dion Waiters, Anthony Bennett
Yes, that's right.
Kevin Love is nowhere to be found.
The Minnesota Timberwolves power forward remains, well, a Minnesota Timberwolf for now, and it's hard to see the two sides coming to terms without involving a third team. Though the Wolves have absolutely no leverage, they're not going to make any moves without involving Andrew Wiggins. And the Cavs aren't going to trade the No. 1 pick, especially after he's been showing out in the Las Vegas Summer League.
The two sides are at an impasse, and any package that doesn't involve the Canadian forward (no, not Anthony Bennett or Tristan Thompson) isn't going to get the job done. So for now, Love isn't going to be in this starting five.
And yet, it's still an intriguing one. After all, David Blatt has plenty of options at his disposal.
Does he start Dion Waiters and bring Wiggins in off the bench? Does he start the No. 1 pick and allow Waiters to be a ball-dominating scorer while leading the second unit? Does he play small ball and start Waiters, Wiggins and LeBron James while pushing Thompson to the pine?
LeBron allows for plenty of flexibility, but it's in the first-year head coach's best interest to make sure Wiggins is on the court. Defense is sorely needed for this squad, much more so than point-scoring ability when James is on the court.
Expect plenty of tinkering throughout the year, particularly if Bennett continues to improve. At some point, we could even see a starting five comprised of Kyrie Irving, Wiggins, Bennett, LeBron and Anderson Varejao.
But at the moment, the one you see up above is both the best and most likely lineup.