No. 1 – Ty Jerome
While Ty Jerome’s deal with the Cavaliers was far from headlining news, the combo guard may have the chance to become a prominent role player in the wake of Ricky Rubio’s decision to step away from basketball for the indefinite future.
Jerome is far from the playmaker that Rubio has been, only averaging 2.6 assists for his career, but his time in Cleveland could be an opportunity for Jerome to shift into a larger role as a bench leader. He is officially listed as a shooting guard, so the change to point guard would undeniably be a challenge – one he might not be able to overcome.
As it stands, though, the best chance for Ty Jerome to earn any significant minutes throughout the regular season will be contingent on his ability to orchestrate the second unit both on defense and offense. Standing at 6-foot 5-inches, Jerome has the build to defend the majority of backcourts in the NBA. All it takes from him is effort and quick decision-making.
Should he be willing to commit every night, training camp will be his first opportunity to prove an improved court vision and defensive mindset. Otherwise, Jerome will likely rarely see on-court play. His career 35.2 3-point percentage will be another weapon at the Cavaliers’ disposal, but his overall skillset will need to improve before he earns a spot in the nightly rotation.
Following Jerome, a set of players will probably be in a pseudo-competition with each other for minutes on the second unit.