The Cleveland Cavaliers have ridden the point guard roller coaster over the past few seasons. Two years ago their season nearly spiraled into disaster because of a lack of point guard play, while last year their point guard room was one of the strongest in the entire league. Now they’re teetering on the edge of disaster once more.
Darius Garland is an All-Star point guard who can play extended minutes at the position, but the question is what the team does when he is on the bench, and even more crucially what their plan is were he to miss time. With Ricky Rubio stepping away from the team there is no true point guard in the expected rotation.
The Cavaliers signed combo guard Ty Jerome this summer and he can run the offense in a pinch, as can Donovan Mitchell and Caris LeVert. None of those players are distributors like Garland and Rubio, but their ball-handling and scoring punch are enough to prop up the position. Craig Porter Jr. is an undrafted rookie on a two-way deal that could factor in were Garland to miss time. In the aggregate, though, this is a glaring hole heading into training camp.
Options to fill the hole: Working Craig Porter Jr. into the rotation is the easiest way to address the issue, and Ricky Rubio returning would go most of the way to solving the issue. The Cavs could also pursue a point guard in free agency to fill the final roster spot; players like Kendrick Nunn and Raul Neto are still available.