Should Caris LeVert or Max Strus start at small forward for Cavs?

Max Strus, Miami Heat. Photo by Megan Briggs/Getty Images
Max Strus, Miami Heat. Photo by Megan Briggs/Getty Images /
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Caris LeVert, Cleveland Cavaliers. Photo by Jason Miller/Getty Images /

Pros for LeVert to start

LeVert shot 39.2 percent from distance last year, which was actually a career-high by far. The next-best percentage he shot was in the 2019-20 season, where he hit 36.4 percent of his triples. LeVert’s jump shot has shown to be more reliable, as his mid-range game has also been pretty solid as well.

LeVert is also a really nice playmaker. He averaged 3.9 assists per game last year, showing that he is capable of being a lead ball-handler, and that’s been his career average. LeVert is definitely capable of playing the point guard position, or at least handling a considerable share of playmaking duties.

Additionally, LeVert did a nice job in the playoffs, too, and was one of the few Cavaliers players who actually played well against the Knicks. He averaged 15.0 points, 4.6 rebounds, and 2.6 assists in the five games against New York.

Plus, LeVert has a 6-foot-10 wingspan, so he should be able to be a solid defender, and his ball pressure made an impact for Cleveland. He also had a plus-minus of plus-194, which is very impressive, and demonstrated his two-way abilities, which include his slashing and foul drawing.

LeVert is a good glue guy, and could definitely be a great asset to the team if he were to start.