Catching Up with Last Year's Cavaliers: Mo Williams, Baron Davis, and More

Ryan SponsellerContributor IIIJanuary 17, 2012

Catching Up with Last Year's Cavaliers: Mo Williams, Baron Davis, and More

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    Continuity was at the forefront of reasons why the Dallas Mavericks beat the Miami Heat in last year's NBA Finals, but a lack of continuity hasn't exactly hurt the Cavaliers this season.

    Cavaliers players racked up 19,755 minutes during the 2010-11 season. 6,562 of those minutes were from a group of eight players not found on the Cavaliers' opening day roster, a loss of 33 percent.

    The 2010-11 season saw even more turnover, a 54 percent loss of minutes from 2009-10. Did Cavaliers management let go of any fledgling talent under the veil of emotion from the 2010 summer?

    Here is a look at the players representing those missing minutes, how they are doing now, and if any could see a possibly return to the team.

Jamario Moon

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    How He Left: Traded by the Cleveland Cavaliers with Mo Williams to the Los Angeles Clippers for Baron Davis and a 2011 1st round draft pick (Kyrie Irving). 

    Jamario Moon went on to average 15 minutes over 19 games with the Clippers, averaging a meager 3.5 points and 1.5 rebounds-a-game. 

    Moon is without a team thus far in the 2011-12 season, after having a chance to work out for the Charlotte Bobcats. Leading into the season, Moon worked out with the Quebec Kebs of the National Basketball League of Canada.

    Return to Cleveland? Moon would be a slight upgrade at small forward, but at age 31, lacks the potential of Gee at 24 and Casspi at 23.

Mo Williams

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    How He Left: Traded by the Cavaliers with Jamario Moon to the Los Angeles Clippers for Baron Davis and a 2011 1st round draft pick (Kyrie Irving).

    Williams went into the 2011-12 season with high expectations and a spot in the starting lineup, only to be derailed by the acquisition of Chris Paul and Chauncey Billups.

    Despite a recent foot injury, Mo has still made the most out of his situation, coming off the bench to be the the Clippers’ fifth leading scorer (10.4 PPG) and sixth in minutes (25.9 MPG). Mo should be a key part of a Clippers’ playoff run, possibly playing a Jason Terry role for the Clippers. 

    Right Move? Mo is still a very good player, but Kyrie Irving is just as good and holds ten times the potential.

J.J. Hickson

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    How He Left: Traded by the Cleveland Cavaliers to the Sacramento Kings for Omri Casspi and a future 1st round draft pick.

    J.J. Hickson has filled Chuck Hayes’ spot in the starting lineup after the small forward suffered a dislocated shoulder. Hickson’s production in only a slight improvement from Hayes, averaging 6.9 PPG with a respectable 7.2 RPG.

    Hickson’s output is down considerably from last year’s garbage time with the Cavs, possibly inflating his totals to 13.8 PPG and 8.7 RPG. 

    Right Move? Hickson is slightly outperforming Casspi, which will hopefully be offset by the Kings’ future 1st rounder. 

Baron Davis

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    How He Left: Waived by the Cleveland Cavaliers, signed as a free agent with the New York Knicks.

    Davis’ move to the Knicks has been delayed by back problems, with an expected return coming in late-January. The back problem was in fact a herniated disc, not a “herniated dick” as reported by the Charlotte Observer. 

    This led to Davis responding on Twitter that his “goldmember is not herniated."

    Right Move? Baron talked a good game about being a leader for Kyrie and Tristan, but Antwan Jamison adequately fills that role without taking away playing time.

Joey Graham

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    How He Left: Waived by the Cleveland Cavaliers on December 22, 2011.

    Graham is still in search of an NBA team, after the Cavaliers’ released the six-year veteran in preparation for this season.

    Return to Cleveland? Gee and Casspi haven't necessarily lit the world on fire this year. An extended slump by either could result in consideration for Graham.

Manny Harris

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    How He Left: Waived by the Cleveland Cavaliers on December 9, 2011.

    Manny Harris was cut by the Cavaliers following a freezer burn injury to his feet that restricted the guard from participating in practice. The injury occurred at Nike’s facilities in Oregon, after Harris mistakenly wore wet socks while taking an ice bath, creating the freezer burn on his feet.

    Harris latched on with the Canton Charge, playing three games since January 12th, averaging 13.8 PPG, 6.8 RPG, and 3.0 APG. Harris faces an uphill battle to return to the Cavaliers, receiving strong guard competition on the Cavaliers’ roster.

    Return to the Cavaliers? While Coach Byron Scott preferred to keep rookie Mychel Thompson instead of Harris at the end of training camp, Anthony Parker's back problems could result in a call up from the Canton Charge.

Leon Powe

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    How He Left: Waived by the Cleveland Cavaliers on February 24, 2011, signed as a free agent with the Memphis Grizzlies on March 5, 2011.

    Leon Powe received minimal playing time after signing with the Grizzlies to close the 2010-11 season, averaging 5.5 PPG and 1.6 RPG. Powe is still searching for a team this season, possibly a return to Boston or signing by the Bulls could be in the cards for the former Cavalier.

    Return to Cleveland? Sacrificing Tristan Thompson's playing time for Powe make his return to the Cavaliers unlikely.

Jawad Williams

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    How He Left: Waived by the Cleveland Cavaliers on December 27, 2010.

    Jawad has decided to follow former Tar Heel teammates to Europe to continue his professional basketball career. Originally born in Cleveland, Jawad played with Hapoel Jerusalem B.C. in Israel in February 2011.  

    Jawad is playing for Paris-Levallois Basket in France for the 2011-12 season, ranking third in team scoring with 15.9 PPG, and 4.9 RPG.

    Return to Cleveland? Jawad seems to have found a home playing overseas and his low production while playing for the Cavs points to Williams continuing his career in Europe.

     

    Ryan is the Chief Sports Fan at Please Bench Me, a Chicago startup to help sports fans find the best place to watch sports. You can follow him on Twitter at http://twitter.com/spony for rumblings on Cleveland sports, Chicago bars, and random tech jargon.