3 reasons Isaac Okoro should start at shooting guard

Isaac Okoro, Cleveland Cavaliers. Photo by Michael Reaves/Getty Images
Isaac Okoro, Cleveland Cavaliers. Photo by Michael Reaves/Getty Images /
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Isaac Okoro, Cleveland Cavaliers. Photo by Matthew Stockman/Getty Images /

The Cleveland Cavaliers have a good problem. While many teams are struggling to find enough players to fill out a rotation, the Cavs have multiple options at each position. 14 of their 15 players are absolutely qualified to be in the rotation for a team in the Cavs’ bracket of competing for a playoff berth, and if the team moves on from Dylan Windler to bring back Collin Sexton it will be a full 15-man roster of rotation players.

That problem, however, is that the Cavs have to decide who to start and who to play. The starting lineup is going to be built around their three stars, but that leaves open two spots at small forward and shooting guard. Last week we dug into the two main options at small forward, Lauri Markkanen and Dean Wade, and now we will dive into the shooting guard position.

The Cleveland Cavaliers need to decide who to start at shooting guard. What is the case for the Cavs starting Isaac Okoro this season?

There are more options at shooting guard than any other position, and the Cavs have a legitimate decision to make here. Collin Sexton was the starter last season before he got hurt, the Cavs gave up a lot to trade for Caris LeVert, and their most recent lottery pick, Ochai Agbaji, is most likely a 2 at the NBA level as well. Yet the player we are going to advocate for today is Isaac Okoro.

The fifth overall pick in the 2020 NBA Draft just two years ago, Okoro seems to be fading a bit in the Cavs’ plans. They traded for LeVert and draft Agbaji at his position, and his lack of confidence and accuracy as a shooter has caused the coaching staff to look elsewhere. Let’s make the case for why he should stay not only in the rotation but in the starting lineup as well.