I had the Wine & Gold scrimmage streaming, and with all the interest and people viewing, it wasn't exactly a clean feed. From what I saw, though, the Cleveland Cavaliers are going to be a lot of fun this year.
Seriously. Kyrie Irving and Kevin Love are magicians with the basketball and they get to play with one of the best players of all time, LeBron James. Watching these guys learn how to play with each other is going to be ridiculously awesome. That being said, we don't know who exactly will round out the starting lineup. There has been a ton of focus over the last two years on whether or not Dion Waiters should or will start. As of right now, he appears to be the clear choice of David Blatt, although it's still really early in the process. It seems like the whole Cavaliers organization is really behind Waiters, and that's definitely a good thing to see.
So, what is the starting lineup hang-up? Anderson Varejao is almost certainly a better player than Tristan Thompson right now, and Thompson is probably still best, at least according to his size, at the four position. There are other things going on of course, and Varejao has been less than durable over the last few years. Thompson, on the other hand, is available for every game (whether you like it or not!). And while the center position might not be ideal for him, he's done it before. So it makes some sense if David Blatt decides to start Tristan Thompson next to Kevin Love to help manage Varejao's minutes. And it sounds like he is considering it:
David Blatt: "The obvious question is: ‘Who is the starter, Tristan or Andy?’ And I can tell you, I don’t know."— Dave McMenamin (@mcten) October 2, 2014
In my opinion, Varejao should be the starter. He's the better player, and can handle opposing team's starters better. You can manage Andy's minutes even if he does start. You could just have him play the first six and last six minutes of every half. 24 minutes! Math! But it doesn't really matter that much. A minute at the beginning of the second quarter is the same as a minute at the beginning of the first. Styles of play tend to change at the end of games, of course, but that might not make sense either. It does seem like a nice endorsement of Tristan that he is even in the conversation.
Ultimately, it's a nice question to have. When one gets hurt, though, problems might arise.