Stats of the Week (11/12/10):
Well the 2010-11 season is now eight games old and the Cavaliers are 4-4. While we haven’t quite played the who’s who of the NBA (combined 26-36 record thru Wednesday’s games), we have been competitive against the competition we have played. No one is saying that we are still a 60 or even 50 win team anymore, but I am still amazed that someone who is being paid by an NBA team considered the Cavaliers the worst team in the Eastern Conference (as indicated by an Eastern Conference Scout in Sports Illustrated’s NBA Preview Issue). If the Cavaliers can stay healthy, they should be right around the .500 mark at the end of the season. In the Eastern Conference, this could be anywhere from the 6th seed, to barely missing the playoffs.
The following is a breakdown of the Cavaliers Points Scored and Points Allowed in their wins and losses:
Average Score in Wins: Cavaliers 104.5, Opponents 99.0
Average Score in Losses: Cavaliers 90.0, Opponents 100.8
This tells me that the Cavaliers need to push the ball and use their athleticism to win games. They are not a defensive team any longer, giving up 100 points per game on average. They are 4-1 when scoring over 90 points, with their only loss coming to the Kings in the 3rd game when they imploded in the 3rdquarter. The Cavaliers leading scorer is J.J. Hickson and his natural athletic ability and current skill set play right into an up-tempo pace. The Cavaliers are also 10 players deep and with no superstar, should run and rotate players as necessary to keep everyone fresh.
I believe this up-tempo style is what Byron Scott is headed towards, but it does not happen overnight.
I will leave you with two things not to expect this year:
- Do not expect to see many three pointers from Ramon Sessions. He has yet to attempt a three in eight games as a Cavalier, and in 178 career games prior to this year he has only attempted 56 three pointers.
- Do not expect to see as many free throws from our starting small forward. The prior starting small forward the last seven years for the Cavaliers averaged 1 free throw attempt every 4.5 minutes played. So far this year Jamario Moon has attempted 3 free throws (making all 3) in 224 minutes. This would be 1 free throw attempt every 74.7 minutes played.
Statline of the Week:
Anderson Varejao became the 26thplayer to record a game with at least 10 field goals made and zero field goals missed since 1987, with his 10-10 performance vs the 76ers last Friday. Darren Collison from New Orleans was the last player to accomplish this feat going 10-10 vs Portland on March 27, 2010. Zydrunas Ilgauskas was the last Cavalier to accomplish this, going 10-10 vs Washington on January 23, 2008.
Cavalier Statistical Milestones for the 2010-11 Season:
As we have begun the 2010-11 NBA season, here is a look at where some of the current Cavaliers stand statistically in team history, and who is approaching certain milestone statistics.
Needs 5 games to reach 400 games played
Needs 74 games to tie Phil Hubbard for 10th Place in Team History with 469
Needs 397 rebounds to pass Bingo Smith for 8th Place in Team History with 3,058
Needs 52 blocked shots to pass Mark West for 9th Place in Team History with 326
Needs 414 minutes played to reach 10,000 minutes
Needs 50 free throw attempts to qualify, which he would then rank 2nd in Team History with a .898 free throw shooting percentage
Needs 280 assists to reach 1,000 assists
Needs 154 three pointers to reach 500 three pointers made
Needs 190 field goal attempts to qualify, which he would then rank 2nd in Team History with a .541 field goal shooting percentage
Needs 386 rebounds to reach 1,000 rebounds
Needs 43 games played to reach 300 career games
Needs 137 three pointers to reach 500 three pointers made
Ohio State Basketball Bonus Stats:
Career Scoring Leaders in Ohio State History:
37. Mel Nowell 1,100
38. Scoonie Penn 1,076
39. Carter Scott 1,073
40. Jon Diebler 1,067
41. Ken Johnson 1,055
41. Jamie Skelton 1,055
43. Bill Andreas 1,023
44. Jason Singleton 1,022
45. David Lighty 1,012
46. Chris Jent 1,007
Also, William Buford 904
Editor's Note: Dave Wooley is the owner / manager of the Fantasy Football Team "Costanzo's Army" which is a threat to win the Big Time Game Boards FF League on an annual basis. In the business of wedge busting, Dave has navigated his team from a slow start into playoff contention sitting now at 5-4, percentage points out of the coveted fourth and final playoff spot.