3 Cavaliers players Bickerstaff has to give more playing time

Dean Wade and Isaac Okoro, Cleveland Cavaliers. (Photo by Ken Blaze-USA TODAY Sports)
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The Cleveland Cavaliers are playing extremely well this season, so this team does not need any sweeping changes. Head coach J.B. Bickerstaff certainly has some inconsistencies, but he has also developed some incredible young talent and largely managed rotations well to bring this team wins in a tough Eastern Conference.

With all of that being said, the biggest concern with Bickerstaff right now is how much he is riding his starters. The “core four” stars — Evan Mobley, Donovan Mitchell, Darius Garland and Jarrett Allen — are routinely playing 37 or more minutes. If this team is going to be fresh and well-rounded for the postseason, that has to be mellowed out.

The good thing for the Cavs is that they have an exceptionally deep team, with multiple players ready to step up and play more minutes. Bickerstaff has seemingly struggled to decide which bench player to give more minutes to, so we have helpfully done that work for him. Here are three Cavaliers players who deserve more playing time:

Cavaliers who deserve more playing time No. 1: Danny Green

Danny Green is 35 years old and coming off of major knee surgery, so this is not a call for Bickerstaff to start playing the veteran wing 35 minutes per game. With that being said, Green is outside the primary rotation, and that is something that needs to change.

The Cavs only have 19 games left to integrate Green into the rotation, and he needs to build familiarity with the rest of the team. His skillset is also perfect for fitting into Cavs lineup, with his smooth jumper and defensive skills. He needs to be a player getting consistent minutes each night, even if only 10-12, so that he is ready to go for the playoffs.