This Cavaliers roster is so deep that one guy who was a productive starter through 73 games, another that finished amongst the NBA leaders in 3PFG%, and a third guy who logged over 740 regular season minutes for the Cavaliers could not crack the rotation to open these NBA Playoffs. And that's by no means a problem.
The bench options that Mike Brown had at his disposal last postseason on the other hand, now that was a problem. There's no arguing with the nine-man rotation that the Cavaliers have utilized through the first two games of this opening round - double digit wins over the NBA's 16th best playoff team aside. The top seven - including Andy and Delonte - are no-brainers, and if there is some debate around the use of Z and Moon to round out the top-nine, there shouldn't be. Ilgauskas is a guy that you have to keep involved in the event the Big Fella is sidelined for an extended stretch during a given game, and I think Jamario Moon answered any questions about his inclusion in the rotation last night - if he hadn't already coming in. And besides those nine players, there simply just aren't anymore minutes to be divied up. So that leaves JJ Hickson, Jawad Williams, and Daniel Gibson forced to sit, stay ready, and flash gooseneck signs up on the bench all game long in the meantime, to no fault of their own. But at the same time, if the Cavs playoff roster looked like it did a season ago, there's no doubt that those same three guys would've been the 6th, 7th, and 8th man respectively.
As a reminder of how deep this squad is, here is a list of the top four guys off the bench from last postseason, with respects to games and mintutes played:
Joe Smith: appeared in 13 of the 14 games, played 217 total minutes, averaged 16.6 mpg.
Ben Wallace: appeared in all 14 games, played 177 minutes, averaged 12.6 mpg.
Daniel Gibson: appeared in all 14 games, played 171 minutes, averaged 12.2 mpg.Wally Szcerbiak: appeared in 12 games, played 155 total minutes, averaged 12.9 mpg.