Editor's Note: Skyenga was shut out on Sunday night. This never happened before, and I don't expect it to ever happen again, but for now he's still 178th. I wouldn't want to be the Spur who has to cover Skyenga on Wednesday night though to be sure, coming off posting a donut, because we all know he'll be ready to go. And we'll be back with more updates then.
The Cavaliers pulled off a great victory on Friday against the Knicks. They played hard, they played smart, and they played tough. Christian Skyenga was a big part of the victory (the 3rd of his 22 game career).
In 22 minutes, Skyenga scored 4 points, grabbed a career high 8 rebounds, and finished with a career best +16 in his +/- rating. He played solid defense on Carmello Anthony all night as well. Those 4 points moved him past two former Cavaliers into 178th place in the career scoring list:
|180||Shannon Brown||2006-07 thru 2007-08||38||178||4.7|
Shannon Brown went from a possible bust of a draft pick, to an important contributor to the Championship Lakers teams off the bench. Brown was a casualty of the Mike Brown tall guard preference. Brown was a 1st round pick of the Cavaliers in the 2006 draft. He is an undersized shooting guard at 6'-4", but he has the athleticism to more than make up for the lack of height. He was part of the 10 player deal that brought the Cavaliers Wally Szczerbiak, Ben Wallace and Delonte West.
The following year while playing for the Bobcats, he was traded to the Lakers, where he currently still plays. In his 2+ years for the Lakers, he has collected 2 NBA Championships. Last year he averaged 8.1 ppg while playing in all 82 games. This year he has upped that average to 9.4 ppg. His three point shooting has improved throughout his career and he currently sits at 36.2% on the year. It is a shame that Brown is not on our roster right now. He would be a vital part of our rebuilding.
Kedrick Brown was the 11th pick of the 2001 NBA Draft. He was selected by Boston out of Okaloosa-Walton Community College. After two and a half unproductive years with the Celtics, Brown was a throw in to the Erik Williams-Tony Battie to the Cavs deal that involved Ricky Davis, Chris Mihm and Yogi Stewart. The Cavaliers gave Brown a chance for solid minutes and even gave him 16 starts (he started 16 straight games after coming off the bench in his first Cavs game) among his 34 games. In those 16 starts he scored only 95 points (5.9 ppg) in 392 minutes (24.5 mpg). The rest of the season he lost minutes and came off the bench. After the season came the best contribution to the Cavaliers by Brown, as he was traded with Kevin Ollie to the Sixers for Eric Snow. He barely played with the Sixers, appearing in only eight games before heading over seas to continue his basketball career. He has never appeared in another NBA game after that season.
Stay tuned as the Cavaliers have won 3 of the last 5 games and they are on a roll heading into this Sixers game tonight at 5pm ET.