Writer's Note: This is Part 12 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: Samardo Samuels. Up Next: Byron Scott
Most of you probably read the title and it was the first time you had ever heard of the movie The Art of Getting By.
Frankly, I had never heard of it either and probably will never see it. It was not very well reviewed on RottenTomatoes.com and doesn't look like an especially exciting movie.
But I was sick of putting off this Samardo Samuels piece and couldn't come up with another movie title that fit so this is what I went with, as obscure as it is. (The only other movie that came close was The Help. But I didn't want to deal with the racial implications there.)
Getting this out of the way, Samuels never should have left college early. I'm not sure who advised him to leave Louisville early for the NBA, but whoever it was is an idiot.
The Jamaican-born player left college after only two years and went undrafted. He played Summer League for the Chicago Bulls and was later signed to a three-year deal with the Cleveland Cavaliers on August 17, 2010.
Samuels spent a good deal of the season in the NBA D-League before finally getting consistent playing time with the Cavs in January.
The highlight of his season came in his first career start in a loss to San Antonio when he scored 23 points and grabbed 10 rebounds.
Overall, Samuels had 37 GP, 10 GS, 18.9 MIN, 7.8 PTS, 4.2 REB, .456 FG% and 11.76 PER.
The true tale of Samuel's season is told by 82games.com's "Simple Rating" which was a paltry -5.7, sixth-worse on the team, behind such players as Luke Harangody and Ryan Hollins.
I wouldn't say that he was "bad" per se, just not very good.
Samuels is a 6'9", 260-pound power forward—not exactly a recipe for success in the NBA. He's not a shot-blocker and isn't very athletic either. Not to mention that his defense leaves much to be desired.
If he wants to stick in the league then that will have to change. I don't think it will happen in Cleveland.
The Cavs just spent the fourth pick in the draft on Tristan Thompson to be the future PF for the franchise. And Thompson is everything that Samuels isn't: hard worker, athletic, shot-blocker, defensive-minded, great rebounder.
But for the 2010-11 season, Samuels was everything that the Cavs needed him to be. And that was The Art of Getting By.
His minutes didn't pick up for good until Antawn Jamison went down for the year. Add to that J.J. Hickson's inconsistent play and there were minutes and points to be had for Samuels.
But with Thompson in the fold as well as the return from injuries of Jamison and Anderson Varejao, minutes are going to be hard to come by for Samuels in 2011-12 (if there is a season).
And I think that's a good thing for the Cavs.
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If you missed any of the previous reviews you can follow the links here: Baron Davis, Semih Erden, Christian Eyenga, Alonzo Gee, Daniel Gibson, Joey Graham, Luke Harangody, Omri Casspi, Manny Harris, Ryan Hollins, Antawn Jamison.
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