Throughout the week, we will post a series of questions about the Cavaliers Rotation for the 2009-10 season that we imagine Mike Brown to be sitting at his desk with a number two pencil and some filler paper trying to work out answers to, in light of an off-season that saw the Cavaliers as a very active player.
Question 2 – Who makes twelve man active roster on opening night for the Cavaliers…
Going into training camp, from my seat here on my couch, the top eight look like this:
3. Mo Williams
4. Delonte West
5. Anderson Varejao
6. Anthony Parker
7. Zydrunas Ilgauskas
8. Jamario Moon
After Moon, the debate begins. If healthy, Leon Powe certainly belongs in the five to nine range, but he won’t be active for game one. So that leaves four spots available for the following seven guys (in no particular order):
1. Daniel Gibson
2. Danny Green
3. J.J. Hickson
4. Darnell Jackson
5. Jawad Williams
6. Rob Kurz
7. Daryl Watkins
While I don’t think he gets into the rotation initially, I do see Rob Kurz making the team as the 11th or 12th man. As a stretch forward that can step out and shoot the three, he adds a dynamic to the Cavalier roster that they did not have a year ago. That coupled with his experience last season, I think gets him in. So that’s nine.
Daniel Gibson makes the active roster for game one as well, and I imagine he gets about 10-15 minutes of action per game initially, however he should be fully aware of Danny Green.
The remaining two spots go to Hickson and Jackson, as both try to make an impression in the time they have before Powe’s return, because whoever doesn’t, most likely won’t dress most nights during the second half of the season, assuming Powe’s healthy and productive.
The 13th - non-active – spot goes to Green, and I think the Green v. Gibson battle in camp could be an interesting one. I expect Dan-ny to push Dan-iel for that last perimeter playing spot, and would not be surprised if the rookie won the job sooner than later.