State of the Cleveland Cavaliers: Point Guard Edition

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State of the Cleveland Cavaliers: Point Guard Edition
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Welcome to my official state of the Cleveland Cavaliers address.

This is the first article in a five-part series that will break down the roster and outlook of the Cleveland Cavaliers now that the summer of 2010 is coming to a close.

The first position that I want to take a look at is point guard, and it is a position that has been overlooked to a certain extent in Cleveland during the LeBron James era.

The Cleveland Cavaliers currently have Mo Williams, Daniel "Boobie" Gibson, and the newly acquired Ramon Sessions at the point guard position on their depth chart.

When a team features a superstar like James, the team is normally orchestrated in the most part by that player, and the point guard plays an "off the ball" role.

 

Mo Williams

This has been the case in Cleveland, where the current starting point guard, Mo Williams, has primarily been reduced to a shooting role in Cleveland.

Before Williams came to Cleveland, he averaged at least six assists per game in three out of his four seasons with the Milwaukee Bucks.

The other season he only started 12 out of the 58 games he appeared in, and played 26.4 minutes per game.

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Since coming over to Cleveland, he has been a mainstay at the starting point guard position, but his assists have dropped to just 4.1 and 5.3 assists per game in his two years here.

Williams has also been at the head of the blame for the Cavaliers playoff failures of the last two off-seasons, where people have labeled him a "disappearing act" or a "ghost" in the playoffs.

While I cannot make excuses for Williams' lack of impact in the playoffs, I can say one thing with certainty: unless we can grab Danny Granger, the Cavaliers should NOT trade Mo Williams.

Williams has been one of the few consistent scorers for the Cleveland Cavaliers the last two seasons. 

He averaged 17.8 and 15.8 points per game over the last two seasons on 45 percent shooting, and I feel that these numbers will only go up in a LeBron James-less Cavaliers lineup.

While the loss of James cannot be justified with an increased output from Williams, placing Mo Williams in an up-tempo Byron Scott offense could be just what the doctor ordered for Williams' career in Cleveland.

 

Daniel "Boobie" Gibson

Cavalier fans are waiting for the Boobie from the 2007 playoffs to return.

It seems like it has literally been an eternity since Gibson lit up the Detroit Pistons in Game Six for 31 points, scoring the most points since Magic Johnson in a series clinching win.

I'm not sure if it was Gibson's injuries or Mike Brown's obsession with veteran guards, but Gibson has never gotten the opportunity to flourish in Cleveland since that year.

He is one of the few fan favorites left on this team, and word on the street is that Byron Scott has told Gibson to be ready for an increased, more productive role in 2010-2011.

Anything would be great from the fifth-year pro out of Texas, who has been better known for his lock-down defense in meaningless minutes over the past two seasons than his sweet three-point stroke that put him on the NBA map in his rookie season.

Gibson is a bit undersized, like Mo Williams, but his sharp shooting and better defense could find keep him in Cleveland alongside the newly acquired Sessions, while new GM Chris Grant looks to move Williams' large contract.

 

Ramon Sessions

Sessions is another perfect example of the Cavaliers front office turning nothing into something.

After a breakout season in 2008-2009, Sessions signed a contract with the Minnesota Timberwolves to fight with rookie Jonny Flynn for the starting point guard position.

After teen sensation Ricky Rubio decided to stay overseas, the Minnesota front office decided to show fans they didn't waste their first-round pick on Flynn by starting him.

Before his wasted season in Minnesota, Sessions proved to be the solid, distributing point guard that Coach Byron Scott desired when he took the job in Cleveland.

Sessions has the ability to be a great play-maker with his excellent passing skills and ability to hit the mid-range jumper, however he isn't great from much further out.

He is only 23 years old (turning 24 during the season), so he has plenty of time to learn and flourish in the new system.

The upside of Sessions and the fact that we traded Delonte West, who has no future with the team, means that the Cavaliers got a steal this trade.

 

Outlook

Point guard is one of the few positions that the Cleveland Cavaliers do not have to upgrade before the season starts.

It seems that they have three different styles of point guards on the roster in Williams, Gibson, and Sessions.

In Williams they have the scoring, shoot-first point guard who could be a decent distributor if he puts his mind to it.

In Gibson, they have the deadly three-point specialist who has the ability to be a lock-down defender.

And in Sessions, they have the distributing point guard that this team has lacked since the days of Mark Price and Andre Miller.

The only problem with the team's current point guard situation is that Williams has a large contract and may not be willing to take a reduced role in the offense.

On the business side, if Coach Scott decides to move Williams to the bench, I don't think that the Cavaliers can justify paying a backup point guard $9.3 million per season.

Overall, the Cavaliers will have a big decision to make between Williams and Sessions in the future, but it is a luxury that Cavaliers fans can look forward to next season.

Stay tuned for the next edition of the state of the Cleveland Cavaliers, which will cover the shooting guard position.

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