Report: 5 Cavs ‘battle’ for backup small forward lock to Isaac Okoro

About halfway through the preseason, the Cleveland Cavaliers seem to be pretty clear about their backcourt rotation.

However, the rotation in the frontcourt looks a bit murky as it is unclear who will be the main backup behind Isaac Okoro.

“Five guys are competing for Isaac Okoro’s backup,” wrote Cleveland.com’s Chris Fedor. “Even though the sophomore swingman has a hard time early on, it seems like… [J.B.] Bickerstaff is still committed to Okoro as the starting 3, believing he is the best option. ”

Okoro was the fifth overall pick in last year’s NBA draft. He had a somewhat quiet rookie season, averaging 9.6 points, 3.1 rebounds and 1.9 assists per game.

However, he played very well during the last few weeks of the campaign, showing Cavs fans who he could become in the not too distant future.

Bickerstaff believes Okoro’s potential is “very high” and seems confident he will tap into it.

After being named to the NBA All-Rookie Second Team, the 6-foot-5 wing feels his sophomore campaign will be “something special.”

As of right now, Dylan Windler may be the prime candidate to back Okoro, but he’s far from a lock.

“Windler, Cedi Osman, Lamar Stevens, Dean Wade and Denzel Valentine will all be given the chance to audition for the backup role,” Fedor wrote.

In Cleveland’s preseason game against the Indiana Pacers on Friday, Windler looked strong, scoring an efficient 12 points in 22 minutes.

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