Byron Scott: Only Varejao and Irving are Guaranteed Starters

“If you look at our team, Kyrie (Irving) and Andy (Varejao) are the only starters,” he said. “Tristan (Thompson), C.J. (Miles) and Dion (Waiters) will have to earn it.”

That’s the latest on the starting lineup thinking process from Cavs head coach Byron Scott, via Bob Finnan’s report for the News-Herald. Scott shared his excitement about the Miles signing with Finnan, even though the young small forward won’t be a shoe-in for the starting position just yet.

Possible candidates also could include Alonzo Gee and Tyler Zeller, depending upon the size and shape of the eventual starting five. Regardless, these two would figure to be the first two guys off the bench if the first five names end up beginning games. Other remaining bench contributors would also be Omri Casspi, Samardo Samuels, Daniel Gibson, Jeremy Pargo and Luke Walton.

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  • BrownsFanSF

    What do we know about this whole new “allocating players to the D-League” thing? No to thread jack the post, but does this mean we can protect some of these young bigs we are signing (especially Eric and Leur) in Canton?

    (this kinda relates to the depth chart right 🙂 )

  • jmgatskiejr

    Wow, Alonzo better sign his qualifying offer and start texting Byron here and there so he starts to reappear in the Coach’s mind’s eye when he imagines his team running
    the floor together!