Dion Waiters Not a Guaranteed Starter
Kyrie Irving coming off the bench in the preseason is so last year.
This year, Cavaliers fans are more concerned with the fact Dion Waiters, the No. 4 overall draft pick, did not start Monday’s preseason opener vs. Montepaschi Siena. He may not start in Tuesday’s preseason game in Canton, either.
Instead, the honor went to another newcomer — free-agent pickup C.J. Miles, a veteran of six NBA seasons (all with Utah).
“I just felt C.J. comes in with a little more experience, he’s a guy who’s played in a ton of games. He fits in well with what we’re doing,” Cavs coach Byron Scott said prior to tipoff at Quicken Loans Arena.
“It’s the same thing I said about Kyrie last year. Dion has to earn it. Simple as that.”
By opening night, Irving was the starter, and the same could happen with Waiters.
“It’s a possibility,” Scott said. “We have three weeks before the start of the (regular) season. So yeah, it could change.”
Waiters came off the bench during his two seasons at Syracuse. So it’s not like he’s in unfamiliar territory.