The Cleveland Cavaliers have signed guard Manny Harris from the Canton Charge of the NBA Development League, Cavaliers General Manager Chris Grant announced today. The signing of Harris marks the 27th GATORADE Call-Up of the 2011-12 season. Harris will wear No. 6 for the Cavaliers and is available for tonight’s game against the Detroit Pistons.
In 17 games (12 starts) with Canton this season, Harris is averaging 21.4 points on .470 shooting with 7.9 rebounds, 3.3 assists and 1.7 steals in 32.9 minutes per game. He currently ranks third in the D-League in scoring. Yesterday, he was named the NBA Development League Performer of the Week for games played from February 13-19. Harris also earned the honor on January 30th, making him the only player in the league to do so twice this year.
In two games last week, he averaged 41.0 points on .574 shooting with 9.0 rebounds, 6.0 assists and 3.5 steals in 44.5 minutes per contest. The 6-foot-5 guard spent the 2010-11 season with the Cavaliers, playing in 54 games (15 starts) and averaging 5.9 points on .374 shooting, 2.6 rebounds and 1.6 assists in 17.2 minutes per game.
I know, crazy right? There really are corporations that now sponsor the transaction of a player getting called up into the NBA from the D-League. I didn't actually realize that either. Regardless though, congrats to Manny on being the 27th GATORADE Call-Up this season anyways.
Based on the numbers he'd been hanging on the board, it's hard to argue that Corperryale L'Adorable could've done anything more to warrant the opportunity. I'm pretty sure Anthony Parker can't average 41 points, 9 rebounds, 6 assists, and 3.5 steals in two games against his alma mater Bradley University these days. But there's no need to pile on AP right now really.
This is about our boy Manny Harris, and his chance to go Jeremy Lin here with his next opportunity. Minus the turnovers of couse. He might even get that look against his hometown Detroit Pistons tonight too, here's hoping he takes advantage of it.