Two seasons ago, the Cavaliers had a future Hall of Famer as their starting center and a two-time All-Star as his backup. Shaquille O'Neal and Zydrunas Ilgauskas were both past their primes, but each was a legitimate center, a large presence for whom defenses had to account.

The Cavaliers will start this season with Anderson Varejao in the pivot, even though his coach concedes the converted power forward would ideally be best coming off the bench.

"I think that would make our rotation a lot better and make us a better basketball team," Byron Scott said. "But at this particular point until I can find a center that's better than Andy he's going to be our starting center."