Waiters Earns Starting Spot for Cavs
To hear Byron Scott tell it, the structure of the Cavaliers’ preseason schedule was perfect for this young team. They had just one game over the final two weeks of camp and none over the past six days, allowing plenty of hours before, during and after practice for the rookies and youngsters to grasp both the offensive and defensive concepts.
It was during that time, and more specifically during the team scrimmage Friday, when everything started to fall in place for Dion Waiters. After a miserable preseason, during which he made just 34 percent of his shots, Waiters “dominated” the team scrimmage, Scott said.
As a result, he’ll be in the starting lineup today when the Cavaliers host the Washington Wizards in their season opener. Waiters and Alonzo Gee will start alongside Kyrie Irving, Tristan Thompson and Anderson Varejao. The average age of the Cavs’ starting five is just 23.7 years, easily one of the youngest in the league. The average age of the 15 guys on the roster is 24.9 years. It won’t be known for at least a few