Cleveland Cavaliers,you Still Have Major Problems In Your Starting Lineup

Drew ShearsContributor IAugust 25, 2009

ORLANDO, FL - MAY 30: Delonte West #13, LeBron James #23 and Mo Williams #2 of the Cleveland Cavaliers sit on the sidelines preparing to take the court against the Orlando Magic in Game Six of the Eastern Conference Finals during the 2009 Playoffs at Amway Arena on May 30, 2009 in Orlando, Florida. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement  (Photo by Doug Benc/Getty Images)

In this years offseason the Cleveland Cavaliers have made some changes,the question is have these changes solved the problems they showed against the Orlando Magic in last years playoffs.


The addition of Shaquille O'Neal does add a second legit scoring option behind Lebron,which is a good move in that sense,but let's get real NBA fans the main reason Shaq was brought in was to close the gap between the frontcourts of the Celtics and Magic particularly at the center position.Time will tell if this move pays off.

Secondly they sign free agents Anthony Parker,Jamario Moon,and Leon Powe "who won't be available until after the all star break this season.Cavs fans will say they upgraded there deficiencies with the lack of defense and athletic ability at the sg,and pf positions.Really,a soon to be 35 year old sg in Parker who can't keep up with any of the top sg in the East or West,Moon is ah decent defender but how much time will he really get playing the backup sf position?Lebron,maybe gets at max 5 minutes of rest a game if that.Powe,this move right here makes no sense in my eyes,first off he can't play until after the all star break and then still won't be 100% until deep in the playoffs and more than likely won't get the minutes to make a impact.Second,the Cavs already have two young power forwards in JJ.Hickson,who was a 1st round pick in 08 and Darnell Jackson who was a 2nd round pick in 08.Third you guys signed Anderson Verajao to a $50 million dollar contract this offseason,so now there are 4 power forwards on the roster?????

Last but not least,the starting pg,sg,and pf spots remain the same with Williams,West, and Verajao.The whole point of NBA analyst and fans about these 3 positions were the lack of defense,height,athletic ability,and sperratic offensive play in the playoffs,you solve the problem by bringing in Moon,Parker,and Powe who present these same issues to come off the bench,come into games and give you less offensively and slightly better defense not enough to make a real difference,why not start West at pg,Moon at pf,and Parker at sg,and move Mo Williams to the 6th man role????Then these moves make somewhat sense,but that will not be the case,cause you overpaid for Williams and Verajao,so they have to start,and for some strange reason you prefer Williams at pg instead of West who is the closest thing to a pg you have on the roster besides Lebron.The Cavs are the only contender in the league without a true starting or backup point guard on the roster.

Let's take a look at the top 7 teams in the East besides the Cavs and just compare these 3 positions in the starting lineups and see who has the advantages/mismatches.

Celtics pg.Rondo,sg.Allen,pf.Garnett

Magic pg.Nelson,sg.Carter,pf.Bass

Wizards pg.Foye,sg.Arenas,pf.Jamison

Hawks pg.Bibby,sg.Johnson,pf.Smith

Raptors pg.Calderon,sg.Derozan,pf.Bosh

Pistons pg.Stuckey/Bynum,sg.Hamilton/Gordan,pf.Villanueva

Bulls pg.Rose,sg.Salmons,pf.Thomas

Now Compare these to the Cavs starters....

Cavs pg.Williams,sg.West,pf.Verajao

Realistically the only matchup that favors the Cavs is against the Raptors.Every other teams pg,sg,and pf create mismatches for the Cavs unless the Cavs use a different starting lineup these problems will continue and another early exit in the playoffs is sure to happen with a non athletic starting pf,a shot first/suspect defender,and erratic offensive player at starting pg,and a undersized but all around solid/talented player playing out of position and creates breakdowns in the defense when getting post up by bigger two guards at starting point guard.

Starting Lineup the Cavs should use,which doesn't solve all the problems,but at least helps the team better match up with the top teams in the East when playoff time comes.






6th man Williams




Overall the Cavs roster is not the best but solid enough to get to the playoffs and hope Lebron can average a triple double and somehow lead the team to the Finals which in the last two years hasn't worked.