When the Cavaliers acquired Ramon Sessions I said at the time that I'd like to see him join Mo Williams in the starting back-court for the 2010-11 season rounded out by Antawn Jamison at the three, J.J. Hickson at the four, and Anderson Varejao at the five. According to Brian Windhorst's tweet this morning, he's in agreement on four of those five:
"My guess on starting lineup: M.Williams, Sessions, re-signed J.Williams, Hickson, Varejao"
What grabs most people's attention there is the fact that Ramon Sessions is then a starter. He unseats - so to speak - a guy in Anthony Parker that started just about every game at that position last season. It certainly also raises the questions of how well two smaller guards will do when matching up against opposing two's specifically on the defensive end. As I said before, I'm fine with all that and will get more into that later.
The exciting part of this line-up to me though is at the four and the five positions. If you really want to be an up-tempo team your bigs need to be able to run. You can run some situationally with slower bigs, as the Cavaliers have in the past, but if you have guys who run the forty as fast as Zydrunas and Shaq do you're not going to be running anybody out of the gym ever. In a Byron Scott offense, he's trying to get up and down the floor. The Hickson / Varejao combo presents two post players with a skill-set definitely suited to do just that.