I'll be honest: the reason this is getting up so late is my fault, not Conrad Kaczmarek of SB Nation's Cleveland Cavaliers site Fear the Sword.
Having gotten caught up in all the presidential election excitement of last night, I simply didn't get around to this soon enough. Nevertheless, Kaczmarek offers us some additional insight on the talented Cavs' backcourt of Kyrie Irving and Dion Waiters that might be worth checking out before taking in tonight's game.
And as Warriors fans, maybe this helps us answer two questions: which young backcourt is better? And had the Warriors been in the position the Cavs were in during this year's draft, would you rather have had Waiters or Harrison Barnes?
Q&A with Fear the Sword
1. As described in Poor Man Commish's preview for the game, our question of the day is whether Kyrie Irving is the next NBA superstar. As someone who has watched him up close, how close to do you think he is to "superstar" (or elite player) status and, if he's not there yet, what do you think he could improve upon to get there?
Conrad Kaczmarek: I'm biased, obviously, but I'm fully on board with Kyrie being the next superstar in the NBA. He's already a star in my opinion (arguably should have been an all-star last year), he just needs to take that next step. With more weapons around him and him getting more experienced, I fully expect him to take that step.
As far as point guards are concerned, I think it's Chris Paul and then everybody else. Kyrie Irving is already firmly in that next group with Westbrook, Williams, Rondo. And he's 20 years old. Better defense and more minutes and he'll be the best PG in the NBA as CP3 declines.
2. Another young guard with plenty of potential on the Cavs is Dion Waiters, who as you may know was one of the top 2 (or 3, if you count Andre Drummond) targets for the Warriors in the 2012 draft. Feelings about him as a draft prospects were mixed, to say the least, at GSoM. What are your thoughts on his performance thus far and how good you think he can become?
CK: He's been pretty good. He's going to have his ups and downs, but so far I can't really complain.
He has provided what we wanted him to provide. He acts as another ball handler who can make plays and that takes a lot of pressure and defensive attention off Kyrie. He's a natural scorer and brings some much needed swagger to this young team.
I think his ultimate ceiling is probably 19 points, 4 rebounds, and 5 assists per game...something like that. He's also got the tools to be a really solid on ball defender, the kind of guy that just creates havoc for the other team's backcourt -- he produces steals at an extremely high rate.
Like I said, he will have his rough nights because he isn't the greatest shooter (he's good, but not great), but I think he has a bright future in the league.
3. Cleveland, like the Warriors, is currently at .500 through 4 games after a sub-.500 season last season. What do you think will be the biggest challenge for the Cavs in trying to stay at or around .500 this season?
CK: Lack of talent and experience, probably. This just isn't a .500 ball club at the current moment. If you saw the game against the Clippers or the game against the Wizards, the Cavs are going to win some games because Anderson Varejao, Kyrie, or Dion will go nuts -- but that's not going to happen all the time. On both ends of the floor, this team just isn't good enough to compete with the better teams in the league. They have some players with tons of potential, but they aren't there yet.
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