Originally posted on Fox Sports Ohio  |  Last updated 10/6/12
CLEVELAND -- You cant put too much stock in a scrimmage, particularly one that involves only your own teammates. But if youre talking about scrimmages played in front of the public, such as the Cavaliers Wine & Gold exhibition Saturday at Quicken Loans Arena, you could do worse. In fact, this one was closer to an actual game than in seasons past, with youngsters such as Kyrie Irving, Dion Waiters and several others treating this like it counted in the standings. Not surprising, considering jobs are on the line here. And its position-battles aplenty, because at some point, the Cavs will have to send five of the 20 players in camp on their not-so-merry way. Right now, its still too early to tell who should stay and who should start dialing up the D-League scouts. So perhaps we should focus on the positives. For one day, anyway, Cavs fans can take comfort knowing: Rookie guard Dion Waiters has some serious explosiveness. He missed both of three-point attempts, but went 4-for-7 from the field otherwise. Two of those baskets came off nifty finishes near the basket. As coach Byron Scott promised, Waiters is explosive on drives in the lane and can go over top of defenders at the rim. It was an encouraging performance. Kyrie Irving is as good as ever. He looked rusty at times (dont we all?), but generally, he was the most dangerous player on the floor even when he wasnt at his best. With a point guard like Irving, just about anything is possible on a regular-season night. Omri Casspi is clearly more confident. Casspi has repeatedly stated hes not gonna talk about last season anymore, and thats fine by everyone. It was a year no one wants to remember. But Saturday, he took the ball to the basket, buried a couple jumpers and just seemed like he truly believed in himself. The fact Alonzo Gee (0 points) didnt really show up may mean we their again could be some basketball combat for the starting small forward spot. C.J. Miles will shoot, and while he may not always make it, hell score. Miles came out ready to fire away, and thats a good thing. The Cavs need points by any means necessary. Miles is athletic and possesses a take-charge attitude. Based on the scrimmage, he should be more than an ample replacement for the departed Antawn Jamison. Miles may not score quite as much, but it clearly wont be for a lack of effort. Undrafted rookie Kevin Jones looked at least as good as any other big man. That says a lot considering Jones is hardly going to be a focal point of the offense. Yet he proved to be a physical presence who can face the basket and take you off the dribble. Jones finished with six points and five rebounds, all of which came via his own doing. It might be surprising to hear, but veteran small forward Luke Walton was very good. He played with energy, leadership and as always, kept the ball moving. If Walton can stay healthy (a monstrous uncertainty), he just may be worthy of court time. Thats a lot different than what most fans think hes still here for -- which is to possess a valuable expiring contract for a potential trade. Finally, Jon Leuer and Samardo Samuels were both solid, as was rookie center Tyler Zeller. This despite the fact Zeller seemed to play with a little rookie shyness. Tristan Thompson, Daniel Gibson and Anderson Varejao were hardly noticeable. But lets be honest, were talking about three guys who have nothing to prove. Theyre on the team. A much more pressing issue is who will make it as backup point guard. Both Jeremy Pargo and Donald Sloan appear qualified for the job. Follow Sam Amico on Twitter @SamAmicoFSO
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