Eric P. Mull-US PRESSWIRE
Many have been concerned about the Cavaliers' lack of scoring after the departure of Antawn Jamison. That leads us to the next question in this season: who will pick up the slack?
The Cleveland Cavaliers saw 17 points per game take a flight out to Hollywood this offseason. With Antawn Jamison's contract expiring, the front office rightfully let him walk and sign with the Los Angeles Lakers. The only possible downside of this is that, while Jamison was woefully inefficient, he did still score 17 points a game. Where will the Cavaliers find that offensive firepower this season?
Assuming Kyrie Irving leads the Cavaliers in scoring, who will be Cleveland's 2nd leading scorer?
David: Anderson Varejao? He will be playing more minutes than Waiters, Miles, Gee or Zeller, so I will just go with that.
John: Alonzo Gee
Ben: C.J. Miles. From what I can tell, Byron Scott has given Miles has the Antawn Jamison Green Light.
Patrick: Dion Waiters. I don't think he'll be terribly efficient en route to this accomplishment -- at least at first -- but he'll definitely get the minutes and the shot attempts up to follow up Kyrie in scoring. Varejao and Miles will come in hot on his heels, however, and I wouldn't be at all surprised if CJ ended up as the second-leading scorer instead of Dion. As long as Dion limits his outside shot-attempts, though, I think he'll be safe.
Boosh: This is probably the most discussed issue facing Cavs fans in the preseason, but I think Alonzo Gee and Dion Waiters will battle for this title all year. Due to Waiters' early struggles, and Gee's growing familiarity with Byron Scott's system, I think that Gee will have the higher PPG at the end of the season. This is probably not a good thing. I do think CJ Miles is a dark horse in this race because Byron seems to love a volume shooter, and he'll have plenty of minutes as the backup shooting guard and small forward.
Angelo: Kyrie and CJ in the moooooooorning!
My take: I'm pretty excited about how many answers we have here. It definitely an interesting question....but at the same time, it's a bit concerning that the answer isn't more obvious. I don't think you can really go wrong with any of these selections, honestly. I wouldn't at all be surprised if any of these players were to grab this title. That said, this is a prediction so I have to make a choice. I guess I'll go ahead and say Dion Waiters. He will be getting serious minutes right away and, even though he's a rookie, Byron is forced to play him because of lack of other options. He's going to have the ball in his hands and I expect him to be far more effective than he has been in preseason.
What do you think? Who is second in scoring after Kyrie Irving?