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Semih Erden isn't the most skilled, athletic or best-looking basketball player on the Cavs, but he does possess one thing that many others don't: size.
Erden is often the victim of the dreaded DNP- Coach's Decision, which is quite surprising due to the Cavs lack of bigs.
Since Tristan Thompson took over as the starting center, Samardo Samuels has been the primary big man off the bench for Cleveland and has been dreadfully unimpressive. Samuels shoots only 43 percent from the field and averages one assist every three games he plays in.
It's time to give Erden more playing time. At 7'0" and a solid 240 pounds, Erden matches up much better than Samuels can against other teams centers. His shooting (52 percent) is a huge upgrade over Samuels' as well.
While he may never be a full-time starting center in the league, Erden has earned a chance to be a team's primary back-up.
In his only game in which he logged more than 30 minutes, Erden put up 18 points and 8 rebounds on 7 of 8 shooting against Roy Hibbert in a win against the Indiana Pacers on February 15.
Despite that impressive performance, Erden hasn't seen that much playing time since and has only logged minutes in five of the past 20 games.
I'm not saying Erden is going to be the next great big man, but with his size and nothing to lose in this last month of the season, why not give the 25-year-old some time to show what he can do?