Ideal Role: Scorer, rebounder with size. First big man off bench.
Speights is another former first-round pick, going 16th overall to the Philadelphia 76ers in 2008.
At 6'10" and 260 pounds, Speights is a force to be reckoned with in the paint and provides a nice contrast to the Cavs other big men. While Tristan Thompson and Tyler Zeller are both young and talented, neither possess the sheer mass that Speights does down low.
Don't let the big guy fool you, however. Speights has a nice jump shot to go along with a plethora of post moves. He's spent the past two seasons with the Grizzlies learning from the likes of Zach Randolph and Marc Gasol, the former being an All-Star this season.
Just two games into his Cavs career, Speights has already gotten good minutes and responded with solid production. In both games Speights received more minutes than any other reserve big man, and for good reason. With Anderson Varejao lost for the season, the Cavs needed a third big man they could rely on to step in and provide them with both scoring and rebounding.
With his size and skills, Speights can play either post position and line up next to Thompson or Zeller comfortably.
The best player in the trade, Speights is just 25 and could be a future building block for the Cavaliers moving forward.