The Cavaliers lost another game last night. The reason they lost is very clear to me though, they only played Christian Skyenga for 17 minutes.
In an obvious move to showcase both Jamario Moon (reportedly traded to the Clippers after the game along with Mo Williams) and Anthony Parker (who hopefully will be traded today), Skyenga got minimal minutes while Moon got 29 and Parker saw 37 minutes of court time.
In his few minutes, Skyenga had a few nice dunks and scored 6 points to go along with 3 rebounds and 1 steal, and was referred to as Skyenga by Fred McLeod who shouted us out here at Stepien Rules for coming up with and popularizing the nickname.
Those 6 points moved Skyenga up to 180th place in Cavalier Scoring History:
|181||Earl Boykins||1998-99 & 1999-00||42||176||4.2|
John Crotty was a 1987 McDonald's All-American in high school, who attended Virginia. He is currently 12th place in Career Scoring and the all-time leader in Career Assists at Virginia. He was undrafted but still managed to stick in the NBA for 11 seasons. In those 11 seasons, he played for seven different franchises and appeared in 477 career games. Among those stops, was a one year stint with the Cavaliers in 1995-96. He was a back-up guard who appeared in 58 games, starting 4. He was not re-signed by the Cavaliers after the season.
Joey Graham is currently on the Cavaliers Roster. He is the twin brother of former Cavalier Steven Graham. He has been hurt off and on this year, but has been decently productive when he has gotten a chance to play. His playing time should increase as the trade deadline passes and the Cavaliers ship off other players and buy out some players. Right now he is averaging 6.9 points and 2.7 rebounds per game in his 25 game Cavalier career. Graham was a 3rd team All-American at Oklahoma State after the 2005 season. Interestingly, the draft pick used to pick Graham (2005 1st Round 16th pick) was used in 5 different trades from 2001 thru 2004. Those trades included Kenyon Martin going from the Nets to the Nuggets and Vince Carter going from the Raptors to the Nets. Even more importantly though, the pick was used by the Warriors in 2002 along with a 2nd round pick to acquire Jiri Welsch from the 76ers!!
Earl Boykins is a player who many Cavalier fans have wanted the team to go after for many years. He is a local product, having played at Cleveland Central Catholic high School. He then moved on to Eastern Michigan, where he is the school’s All-Time Career Assist Leader and is in 2nd Place on the All-Time Scoring list (2,211). His senior year he ranked 2nd in the NCAA with an average of 25.7 points per game. He has always been behind the eight ball in the eyes of many in the NBA due to his 5’-5” height. The Cavaliers never gave serious consideration to signing Boykins recently due to his height and Mike Brown’s preference of taller guards. Boykins did have two separate stints with the Cavaliers early in his career, joining them mid-season in both the 1998-99 and 1999-00 seasons. Boykins finally got a real shot at playing time with the Nuggets in 2003-04 and responded with 3+ seasons of solid play for Denver. In 255 games with the Nuggets, he scored 3,082 points for an average of 12.1 points per game. Boykins currently played for the Bucks, where he has put up 8.4 points and 2.6 assists per game this season.
Stay tuned to Stepien Rules as Skyenga will surely keep on moving up the Cavaliers Scoring List in the 2nd Half of the season.
Oh and for those who missed it, Serge Ibaka was not the first to pull off the stuffed animal dunk. It was our guy Skyenga. Shout out to Mike Ammo (@MikeAmmo) for brining this to our attention.