The Cleveland Cavaliers are one week away from starting the regular season.
The Cleveland Cavaliers have high hopes for this season and why shouldn’t they? They have arguably the best young big man in the game, who happens to be a two-way dynamo. They have an All-Star center who is a contender for the Defensive Player of the Year award, an All-Star point guard who has all-around offensive talent, and a newly minted league star, recently acquired from the Utah Jazz.
It’s safe to say the Cavaliers are rolling. They are a team with some defined roles but that doesn’t mean this team is done putting pieces together. They do have some holes and they have to figure out the best way to fill them.
These are the three most lingering questions the Cavaliers still have to figure out before the first tip-off of the regular season.
Three lingering questions the Cleveland Cavaliers still have to answer
Who is starting at small forward
Right now you could say Dean Wade, Caris LeVert, or (shockingly) Isaac Okoro’s name and find people who agree with each suggestion. While this may seem like a good thing, there’s an old adage in football that applies here; if you have two quarterbacks, you really have none. If you have three starting small forwards, you really have none. Each guy could cement themselves as the team’s starter eventually but until then we have no clue if any of these guys will fit the team.
What does the rotation look like
Beyond the starting five, who else gets minutes? We know Kevin Love and eventually Ricky Rubio, but then who? Wade, LeVert, and Okoro will need minutes. Then there’s Cedi Osman, maybe the team’s best three-point shooter not named Love. Lamar Stevens has shown up, and Robin Lopez is still solid defensively. That doesn’t even factor in Raul Neto. There are a lot of guys who deserve reps and time but only so many will get it.
Who is going to fill in for Ricky Rubio while he convalesces
Right now my guess would be the aforementioned Neto or Osman, but that could go either way. Also, what happens to the rotation once Rubio comes back and whoever filled in for him played well? This team may be closer to making a trade than some might think.