Coach Mike Brown enters his fourth season as the head coach of the Cavaliers with a few questions that need to be addressed. The first order of business is the backcourt, after the trade in the offseason, in which the Cavaliers acquired Mo Williams from the Milwaukee Bucks. That move stabilized the point guard situation and now Brown needs to find a backcourt running mate to go alongside him. Candidates to choose from will be Sasha Pavlovic, Wally Szczerbiak, Delonte West, Tarence Kinsey, and Daniel Gibson.
Pavlovic has the most athleticism of the group, but is found sometimes going through the motions on the court. Wally is the pure shooter of the group, but at age 31, it will be hard for him to keep up with the quicker and younger guards in the league. If coach Brown decides to go with a smaller line up, West could be his guy. Gibson and Kinsey will definitely come off the bench, with Gibson getting the majority of the minutes.
At the forward position, you know of a guy by the name of LeBron James. The question is will the coach be able to rest him enough so he will not be worn down by the time the playoffs role around. The power forward spot belongs to Ben Wallace as long as his back stays healthy, with Anderson Varejao the first to come off the bench with his high energy. He is a guy you love to have on your team and hate if he is the opponent.
Also in the mix will be rookies J.J. Hickson and Darnell Jackson, vying for playing time. At the center spot, Big Z is entering his 11th season in the league. Every year, the question is asked will his brittle feet hold up for another year as well as back problems that he’s been having lately. Backing him up will be the veteran Lorenzen Wright, who brings some added muscle to the position.
With all that being said, does this roster have enough to get to the Finals? Many experts think not, but I believe so. Danny Ferry, the GM, has done an outstanding job in getting rid of bad contracts such as Hughes, Marshall, and Jones. He also did a good job making this team younger and more athletic with the likes of Williams, Hickson, Jackson, and resigning West and Gibson. Yes, you have Szczerbiak, Wallace, and Z up in age in their 30’s, but you still have a nucleus of James, Williams, Gibson, and the rest of the crew at the average age of 24.
Mike Brown definitely has the pieces and parts in place to make a championship run this year, and a trump card up Ferry’s sleeve with Szczerbiak and Snow’s contract to use as trade bait if need be. All in all, barring injuries, I believe the Cavaliers have the best chance to unseat the defending champion Celtics this season.
Look for a more up tempo team with a smaller line up with Williams, West, and Gibson on the floor at the same time in stretches with James playing power forward and probably Varejao at center. It will give the opponents fits to defend. I am looking forward to a very exciting season from the Cavaliers and possibly we’ll be celebrating a parade in June down Euclid Ave.