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Who should start for the Cavaliers?
C- Anderson Varejao
PF- J.J. Hickson
SF- Jamario Moon
SG- Anthony Parker
PG- Mo Williams
The C and PG positions seem to be the most obvious of the 5. Why J.J., Jamario, and Parker, though?
PF- Hickson is obviously the player that inspires the most hope for fans of the Cavs, and a year in the starting lineup will certainly benefit him in the long term. He's athletic and can rebound with power. However, his offensive game is very, very raw, and it is perhaps a bit optimistic of Cavs fans to see him as a future all-star.
Further, it is best for Antawn to come off the bench for the Cavs, as he will be the only player in the second unit that can create his own shot. If Hickson came off the bench, there would be no one that could consistently create for the reserves.
SF- Jamario has the athleticism to be an effective defender, and he knocks down the open shot when it is available to him. 10 points from the SF position is all that the Cavs will be calling for, and if Jamario gets 30-35 minutes that's exactly where the Cavs can expect him to be at. He has the ability to excel in the Byron Scott offense.
Joey Graham can certainly rebound well for his size, but he simply does not have the ability to score enough to make it as a starter. He's nearing 30 and is not a player that can be counted on as a core-member of the Cavs in the future.
SG- Last year, Anthony Parker was perhaps the most pleasant surprise on the Cavs. He uses his strength as a defensive asset and as a way to overpower smaller defenders. He's certainly one of the smartest players the Cavs have: You rarely see him take a bad shot.
Gibson does not have the decision making ability to be a starter in the NBA. He can shoot the 3 well, but his defense is still suspect and he rarely goes to the basket. There is a hope that the new offense will reinvigorate his game by having him more involved in the fast break, and scoring on the second unit will be at a premium. He is a natural bench player for the Cavaliers.
Ramon Sessions will see time as the point guard for the second unit. He has had quite a few highlight assists over his career and has the best ball handling on the team besides Mo. He can score as well but will be more significant for his influence on some of the younger point guards.