The backup shooting guard position is contested between Waiters and Mike Miller. I feel that Mike Miller is currently the better candidate while Waiters gets his game together. The veteran Miller is a good presence for the young team, contributes defensively, and still has some skills on offense. Shawn Marion and Mike Miller are proven to be the best players we’ve brought in outside of the Big 3. Coach Blatt seems to realize Miller’s worth and is inserting him into the rotation more frequently now (at the expense of Waiters.)
We’ve seen point guard Joe Harris in limited duty, so far this year. With Matthew Dellavedova currently sidelined, Harris has the backup guard position for now. I applaud his three point accuracy and I feel he will be a solid defender someday. Kyrie Irving doesn’t take much time to rest, so while Harris’s numbers may be small, he contributes when he can. Time will help take his game even further. I think he is quite the steal as a second round pick.
We have some bench players I haven’t mentioned because I have not seen enough of their performance to make an assessment. Alex Kirk and Brendan Haywood provide some depth at center. James Jones is a serviceable shooting guard, and Lou Amundson provides some depth at forward. I will say that I was happy when we first acquired Haywood. I think he’s a great plug-and-play option should something happen to Anderson Varejao.
I’ve seen a lot of fans on Twitter criticize Coach David Blatt’s rotation. This is a valid concern. Here’s what I can say about his choices of who to start and who to sit each game: it can only improve from here on out. Our starting rotation is pretty much set in stone. Where our coach can improve is in the bench rotation. Blatt is seeing for himself what works and what doesn’t. I think now he’s seen enough of what he needs and we can maintain some stability.
There you have it. While we can certainly improve in some aspects, I don’t think people need to worry about this team finding success. It will come in time. Once February rolls around, this team will be firing on all cylinders and will bring the previously advertised shock and awe. Until then, we may have to grind out a few wins against good teams and play tight basketball.