After a brief holiday statistical hiatus, I have returned to a team in shambles. The worst case scenario Miami Heat debacle, is actually getting worse, as the Heat seem to have found themselves and are riding a hot streak right now and the Cavaliers have lost the little bit of mojo that they might have had at the beginning of the season, losing 6 straight for the first time since 2007.
The Bulls game saw a much needed drastic change in Byron Scott’s rotation. I am going to take a look at the two changes that I like the most. The first one is inserting Boobie Gibson into the starting lineup. The other change is moving Manny Harris into the rotation and giving him quality minutes.
Boobie Gibson has currently played in 271 career games, starting 53 of them. The following is a breakdown of his career statistics in all games, followed by his statistics in games that he has started:
All Career Games (271g): 23.0 mpg, 7.8 ppg, 1.8 apg, 1.9 rpg, 0.57 spg, 42.3% FG, 42.0% 3FG, 78.1% FT
Career Starts (53g): 31.6 mpg, 11.3 ppg, 2.6 apg, 2.6 rpg, 0.70 spg, 48.4% FG, 49.8% 3FG, 74.5% FT
The points, rebounds, assists and steals are all up, mostly due to the increase of almost 9 minutes per game. What stands out is his increase in both FG% and 3FG%. In his starts his FG% rises 6.1 percentage points and his 3-point accuracy rises 7.8 percentage points. As all shooters know the more into the flow of the game you are the better you shoot. Getting the consistent minutes as a starter has greatly increased Gibson’s accuracy, which is already good overall (42.0% - 9th best in NBA history). Additionally, for a player who shoots as many three pointers as Gibson does, the 48.4 field goal percentage is a very good figure. Gibson has been one of the best and most consistent Cavaliers all season, leading the team in FGM (101), FGA (239), 3FG (38), 3FGA (97) and Points Scored (295). He deserves an opportunity to start and this move should be a shot in the arm for the Cavaliers.
Manny Harris started 97 of his 98 career games for Michigan.
He earned All-Big Ten honors all three of his seasons (2nd Team/FR, 1st Team/SO, 3rd Team/JR). He had one career triple double and ten career double doubles. His career averages at Michigan were: 17.0 ppg, 3.7 apg, 5.7 rpg and 1.47 spg. He went undrafted despite leaving Michigan after his junior year, so he has a chip on his shoulder and something to prove in the NBA. He is a 6’5” swingman who brings above average athletic ability to the court, something this Cavalier team is sorely missing. Additionally he is a player who can draw fouls, get to the free throw line and make his free throws. At Michigan he was 484-585 (82.7%) from the line in his career. That is an average of 5.97 free throw attempts per game. His stat line from Wednesday’s game vs the Bulls is as follows:
21 min, 2-7 FG, 2-5 3FG, 0-0 FT, 2 reb, 2 ast, 2 stl, 0 blk, 2 TO, 6 pts
While that does not blow you away, it does show that he was active and played with energy. At this point, the Cavaliers have very few players who have potential. Harris is one who does have an upside. It is worth the 20+ minutes per game to get this kid some time and see what we have.
Miscellaneous Cavaliers Stats:
The number of player who have appeared in all the Cavaliers games (22) is now down to three: Boobie Gibson, Anthony Parker and Ryan Hollins.
Anderson Varejao needs 41 minutes to become the 20th player to log 10,000 career minutes in a Cavalier uniform.
Boobie Gibson needs 15 assists to become the 34th player in Cavalier history to have 500 assists and 500 rebounds in their career. Mo Williams is the only active player currently to achieve that standard for the Cavaliers.
Anderson Varejao needs 9 rebounds to pass Tyrone Hill (2,785) for 9th place in Cavalier Career Rebounds.
Earlier this week Boobie Gibson passed Craig Ehlo for 5th place in Cavalier Career Three Pointer made. Gibson now has 387 three pointers compared to Ehlo’s 381. Mo Williams is currently only 24 three pointers behind Ehlo.
Former Cavaliers – Where Are They Now??:
Sebastian Telfair (Min): 22 g, 8.0 ppg, 3.9 apg, 38.3% 3FG
Danny Green (SA): 2 g, 9 min, 6 points, 2-4 3FG
Darnell Jackson (Sac): 15 g, 3.6 ppg, 2.3 rpg, 48.9% FG
Shaquille O’Neal (Bos): 16 g, 11.2 ppg, 6.4 rpg, 68.7% FG
Zydrunas Ilgauskas (Mia): 23 g, 5.9 ppg, 5.0 rpg, 54.5% FG
Delonte West (Bos): 5 g, 6.8 ppg, 2.0 apg, 1.8 rpg
Joe Smith (NJ): 4 g, 25 min, 2 points
Ben Wallace (Det): 23 g, 3.0 ppg, 7.4 rpg, 1.0 bpg
Pooh Jeter (Sac): 8 g, 5.4 ppg, 2.8 apg, 33.3% 3FG (Was on our Summer League Roster)
Bonus Ohio StateBasketball Stats (thru 6 games):
Ohio State Career Scoring Leaders:
30. Lawrence Funderburke 1,179
31. Frank Howard 1,147
32. Jamaal Brown 1,139
33. Jon Diebler 1,134
34. Richard Schnittker 1,129
35. Brad Sellers 1,122
36. Curtis Wilson 1,120
37. Ron Sepic 1,107
38. David Lighty 1,100
Mel Nowell 1,100
40. Scoonie Penn 1,076
Also, William Buford 959
David Lighty has played in 126 career games. He needs 14 more games played to pass Jamar Butler for the Ohio State record. Additionally, he needs to appear in 26 more games to tie Deon Thompson of North Carolina (152 career games) for the All-Time NCAA record. If he appears in all of Ohio State’s scheduled games, he would tie the record in Ohio State’s opening game of the Big Ten Tournament, and have the rest of the Big Ten Tournament and/or the NCAA Tournament to surpass and then add to the record.