Cleveland Cavaliers 2010-11 Season Review: Joey Graham, "30 Minutes or Less"
Writer's Note: This is Part 6 of a 15-part series where I review the 2010-11 season of each of the Cavaliers players. Each player will be titled with one of this summer's movies for a little added fun. I couldn't think of any better order to do this so I'm going alphabetically. Today: Joey Graham; Up Next: Luke Harangody
I can't believe I'm actually writing an article reviewing the season of Joey Graham. What did I get myself into with this "Season Review" series?
If there was a player on the Cavs that I would skip, it would be Graham without a doubt.
But I feel like I owe it to my fans and the fans of Joey Graham (all 15 of you combined) to write this article.
I'm not sure where to start with this so it's always easiest to go first to the stats:
39 games, eight starts, 15.0 minutes per... Wait what!?
Eight starts!? How did Graham have eight starts last season?
Did the Cavs mistake him for LeBron James and throw him out there at small forward before they realized something was amiss? I mean, I can understand making the mistake once if that's what happened. They do look similar and have similar builds (Graham at 6'7", 240 lbs., LeBron at 6'8", 250 lbs.).
But eight times!? There's no justification for that.
Let me just say that I get no special enjoyment out of tearing apart other people. But there is no way in the world that Joey Graham should have started eight games on an NBA team last season.
Well, I suppose other than the fact that the Cavs had no one on the roster to play small forward.
I'm willing to cut the guy some slack there. It's not his fault that he actually started games last year. What is his fault is that he was almost entirely ineffective.
82games.com has him rated as the third worst player on the team, ahead of only Semih Erden (who played in only four games) and Jawad Williams.
(Speaking of Jawad Williams... did he actually end the season on the Cavs roster? I sure hope not because I wasn't planning on writing about him. How lame would it be to end this series with an article about Jawad Williams?)
So that's about all I really have to say about Mr. Graham's season last year. (I could go on about his lack of athleticism and deficiencies on the offensive and defensive ends... but I'll spare you.)
Just a couple concluding thoughts...
I didn't realize until just the other day that Joey Graham is the twin brother of Stephen Graham, who played in 13 games for Cleveland in '05-'06. I kind of feel stupid for not knowing this earlier. Then I remembered their combined lack of contribution to the team and I don't feel so bad anymore.
And finally we need to cover why I chose the movie "30 Minutes or Less."
Reason number one... "30 Minutes or Less" is how much playing time Graham should get next season. And I mean the whole season. That is if he manages to avoid getting cut before the season even starts.
Reason number two... "30 Minutes or Less" is how much time I planned on spending on this article (which I'm already over because I decided for some reason to actually look up and analyze Graham's stats... really seems like a poor use of my time at this point).
Reason number three... "30 Minutes or Less" is about a bank robbery. And the fact that Graham is due to be paid $1.107 million next season is straight up robbery.
And reason number four... "30 Minutes or Less" looks like a fantastically entertaining flick. It has Jesse Eisenberg, Danny McBride, and Aziz Ansari in it... all actors that I enjoy. I may not see this in theaters, but I will definitely hit it up when it comes out on DVD. I think it looks absolutely hilarious and felt that it needed to be included in this series in some fashion.
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