Cavs Roster Breakdown Part 1: Point Guards

Apr 18, 2012; Cleveland, OH, USA; Cleveland Cavaliers point guard Kyrie Irving (2) drives against Philadelphia 76ers point guard Jrue Holiday (11) in the second quarter at Quicken Loans Arena. Mandatory Credit: David Richard-US PRESSWIRE

This is the first in a six part series that will break down the Cavs roster and look at the potential moves they could make in offseason. The first day will focus on the point guard position, followed by shooting guard, small forward, power forward, center, and the Cavs bench.

When you look at the Cavs roster, point guard may be their strongest position. With Kyrie Irving as their long term starter, the Cavs appear to be set at the position for years to come. Still, a veteran back up is lacking due to the Ramon Sessions trade.

Current Point Guards – Kyrie Irving, Daniel “Boobie” Gibson, Donald Sloan

-       As I said before, having Irving sets the Cavs up at the position for years. But what happens if Irving misses time like he did last year? Are the Cavs comfortable with Gibson or Sloan running the point for a stretch of games? Also, are the Cavs comfortable with using either of these two if Irving is in foul trouble?

-       Key Stats -  Irving – 51 games played, 30.5 minutes per game, 18.5 points per game, 46.9% shooting, 5.4 assists per game, 1.1 steals per game. Solid stats that I think will get better. As Irving goes, the Cavs go. Hopefully Irving can stay healthy as well, as he hasn’t played a full season of basketball since he was a senior in high school.

Point Guards Available – Deron Williams, Steve Nash, Kirk Hinrich, Jason Kidd, Chauncey Billups, Jordan Farmar, Raymond Felton, Jonny Flynn, Randy Foye

Best Fits for the Cavs – Jonny Flynn

Coming out of Syracuse, Jonny Flynn was thought to be a potential franchise point guard. He hasn’t quite lived up to that hype, but he can still be a solid back up in the NBA. Not a great shooter, but plays tough on both ends. As compared to the other available point guards, he plays a more similar style as compared to Kyrie Irving. Oddly enough, Flynn has been on the Cavs radar since the LeBron era, so maybe this is the time they pick him up.

Best Case Scenario: The Cavs get either Flynn, and he provides the Cavs with a solid, dependable back up to Kyrie Irving.

Worst Case Scenario: The Cavs get shunned out of the free agent market, are stuck with Gibson and Sloan, and Irving gets hurt. The Cavs point guard play is atrocious, and the season is a failure.

What Likely Happens:  The Cavs stick with what they have, Irving stays healthy, and the point guard position is a non-issue.  If they Cavs do pick someone up, it will be through a trade or a veteran minimums salary.

Topics: Cavs, Free Agency, Jonny Flynn, Kyrie Irving, NBA, Point Guards, Roster Breakdown

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  • jasjefwilder

    If Irving goes down, I think Waiters will be the de facto PG. That’s one of the reasons we liked him so much.