State Of The Cleveland Cavaliers: The Shooting Guard Edition
Welcome to part two of my state of the Cleveland Cavaliers address.
For those of you who didn't have a chance to check out the point guard edition, you can click the following link http://tinyurl.com/Point-Guard.
The second position that I would like to take a look at is the shooting guard position for the Cavaliers.
This position has never really known anything but role players in my lifetime, and the same can be said about the current three players on the roster.
Just by looking at those names, any NBA fan can tell you that the Cavaliers have a big problem at the shooting guard position going into next season.
Parker was brought in to spread the floor for LeBron James, Green played sparingly in his first year, and Eyenga has never played in an NBA game.
Add in the fact that the Cavaliers have no proven scoring at the small forward position any more, and the I think it is safe to say that the team needs to find some sort of upgrade at the shooting guard position before the beginning of the season.
I am sure there will be a few names out there, and with a huge trade exception to work with, the Cavaliers could go out and snag a big name shooting guard to re-vamp this offense.
But before we get into the possibilities for upgrade, let's take a look at the three shooting guards on the roster.
When the Cleveland Cavaliers brought in Anthony Parker last season, their hope was to see how his length and outside shooting could do against the Orlando Magic.
If you remember in the 2009 playoffs, the Cavaliers couldn't stop the Magic's outside shooting because they were not big enough at the guard position.
This is why the Cavaliers brought in the 6'6" shooting guard as a free agent from the Raptors. Parker had been known for his ability to shoot the three-pointer, and defend bigger opponents on the wing.
Unfortunately, the Cavaliers never got the chance to see if Parker would make an impact in a seven game series versus the Magic.
Now, the Cavaliers are in a tough spot with their starting shooting guard. He is slow, cannot defend as well, and no longer has the superstar LeBron James to play next to. Add the fact that he only averaged 7.3 points per game last season, and I think it is safe to say Parker shouldn't be starting for the Cavaliers next season.
However, when you take a look at what the team currently has, Parker is your starter by default. In his seven year career in the NBA he has never averaged over 12.4 points per game, and I doubt that at the age of 35 he will be improving on that any time soon.
Parker's expiring contract and experience make him a candidate to get traded to a contender looking for outside shooting help for their playoff run.
I think it is safe to say that the Cavaliers have no clue what they have in Danny Green yet. He is a second year man out of North Carolina, and has the collegiate experience to start in the NBA.
However, he played sparingly in his rookie season with the Cavaliers, and he's seemingly been turnover prone in summer league. Maybe that is just a young player seeking a chance to prove himself and trying too hard, or that could spell disaster in the NBA. Either way, I think the Cavaliers have to give Green a chance to prove what he can do in the league this year.
He has the size, athleticism, and shot to become an impact player at the shooting guard position in the NBA, but I think he needs to bulk up on the 210 pound frame of his.
Green gives the team something to look forward to for a future that has come much more quickly than they expected, but if everything works out, the Cavaliers just may have found a second round steal in Green.
With their first pick in the 2009 draft the Cavaliers selected Christian Eyenga. When they selected him I remember saying, "Who the hell is Eyenga, and why did we pass on NBA ready players like Sam Young and Dejuan Blair to take him?"
After watching video of his play in Europe, I can see why. Eyenga is an athletic freak that can jump out of the gym. His leaping ability reminds me of LeBron James, and he can perform the chase down block just as well.
The big question marks with Eyenga are his lack of experience, his inability to score in Europe, and his low basketball IQ. These things can be fixed with some time in the NBA. Many players have been ineffective in Europe and found a home in the NBA, so let's just hope that is the case with Eyenga.
His raw talent is enough to get Cavalier fans excited, and hopefully we will get to see those talents on display this season.
As I said before, the outlook for the Cavaliers at shooting guard is not good this season. They have two unproven players, and a starter that belongs on the bench for a championship team.
Green and Eyenga are nice projects for the future, but the team needs an immediate upgrade at the starting shooting guard position.
If the Cavaliers can find a taker for Anthony Parker, they should move him tomorrow. His age and ineffectiveness will only stunt the growth of the younger players at the position.
If the Cavaliers are seeking to upgrade, players like Andre Iguodala and Monta Ellis could become available because of younger, cheaper players emerging as starters on their teams' rosters. Whether the Cavaliers could pull of a deal to bring in a scorer liker Ellis, or a defensive-minded, underrated scorer in Iguodala remains to be seen.
Let's just hope that General Manager Chris Grant and Owner Dan Gilbert have something up their sleeve for this position before the season begins.
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