Wow. Baron Davis is a real point guard. I know it was only one game, but he played like he was one of the best point guards in the league. He came off the bench with Christian Skyenga in the 1st Quarter and immediately gave the Cavaliers a spark. He took the leadership role this team of youngsters is sorely lacking. It was very good to see.
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He seemed to energize everyone on the team. Speaking of being energized, Skyenga continued his white hot performance of late going 3-3 from three point range for the 2nd consecutive game, while adding 4 rebounds and 13 points in 24 very well played minutes. He has now hit his last 6 three pointers raising his overall percentage from beyond the arc to 29.1%.
The 13 points surged Skyenga past another milestone, as he now has 205 career points, passing the 200 point barrier in only 25 games. The 205 points rank him tied for 174th in Cavalier history:
|Mitchell Butler||1997-98 and 1998-99||49||205||4.2|
Michael Doleac was a center on Utah's 1998 NCAA Runner Up team that included Andre Miller. He was the 12th overall pick by Orlando in the 1998 draft and was named to the All-Rookie 2nd team that year. After 3 years of being a back-up player for the Magic, he was traded to the Cavaliers for the draft rights to Brendan Haywood. He spend on season with the Cavaliers, averaging 4.6 points and 4 rebounds per game. He was signed as a free agent by the Knicks after that season. He went on to play 6 more seasons and even won an NBA Championship as part of the 2006 Miami Heat.
Rod Higgins was a journeyman NBA player who topped out at 15.5 points per game for the 1987-88 Golden State Warriors. In his 12th NBA season he joined the Cavaliers as a mid-season free agent signee. He averaged 5.4 points, 2.3 rebounds and 1.0 assist per game for Cleveland. He only lasted one season as a Cavalier, signing with the Warriors for a 5 game stint the following year before retiring from the NBA. He is currently the General Manager for the Charlotte Bobcats.
Steve Colter was a journeyman NBA swingman, who played 8 season for 6 different teams. He was out of the NBA for 3 years before the Cavaliers signed him in 1994. He played 57 games for the Cavaliers that year, putting up 3.4 points, 1.8 assists and 1.0 rebound per game. He started 7 games for the Cavaliers, scoring 56 points (8.0 ppg) in those starts. He never played again after that one season with the Cavaliers.
Mitchell Butler was an undrafted shooting guard out of UCLA. He left UCLA as the school's record holder for games played at 130 (he has since been passed and currently ranks 5th). He is also one of 49 1,000 point scorers in UCLA history. He played his first 3 years with Washington, before he was traded with Rasheed Wallace to Portland for Harvey Grant and Rod Strickland. After a year with Portland, he caught on for parts of the next two seasons with the Cavaliers. He did not do much in a Cavalier uniform, although in his 1 start for Cleveland, he responded with 21 points in the final game of the 1999 season. He was out of the NBA for two years before catching on with the Blazers again. The best team that Butler played for quite possibly was the Western University Dolphins, where he teamed with Shaq and Penny Hardaway in the movie Blue Chips!!!
After a a few games in which he didn't make a move up the scoring ladder, look for Skyenga to continue this momentum and keep it going on Sunday!