While We’re Waiting… Grading past Browns’ drafts, Cavs win by the numbers and previewing the Captains

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Some numbers on Cleveland’s win versus Boston. “The Cavaliers broke an eight game losing streak that lasted over two months in games against teams that have clinched a playoff berth when Tristan Thompson attempts at least 10 shots. That being said, increasing Thompson’s role in the offense (attempted 10+ shots in 21.7% of games last season and is doing so in  48% of games this year) figures to pay dividends sooner rather than later. His scoring has increased by 25.6% while shooting nearly 5% better from the field. His numbers have spiked without a healthy Anderson Varejao, but the skill set is there, and shouldn’t disappear when playing alongside the rebounding machine. If Cleveland can ever get all of its pieces on the court at the same time, this is a scary team that is only going to get better with time.

Kevin Jones struggled from the field but was very active on the glass, earning his 22 minutes by grabbing eight rebounds (three offensive). Jones has appeared in 25 games this season, but has tallied 37% of his rebounds in just two of those contests and 50% of them have come on a Friday. At 6’8” and 260 pounds, Jones is another young force around the rim that can serve as a stop gap when the starters are out of the game. Jones’ rebounding and positive impact was felt by the 14 point advantage held by the Cavaliers in the paint, a game changing stat given the fact that Cleveland won the game by six points. His body type gives him the potential to turn into a specialist, as he can  matchup physically with some of the elite scorers in the league.” [Kyle Soppe/Hardwood Paroxysm]

Surprisingly, they didn’t grade David Veikune very positively. “In case you haven’t noticed we’ve been going back over the 2008, 2009, and 2010 draft class of each franchise and assigning each pick a grade. Up next? Well that’s the Cleveland Browns.

Each pick between the 2008 and 2010 drafts receive a grade between +2.0 and -2.0 (in 0.5 increments) that depends upon:

• Where they were drafted
• Their performance
• Their contribution (how many snaps their team got out of them)
• Other factors such as unforeseen injuries and conditions that could not have been accounted for

Let’s take a look at how Cleveland drafted.” [Khaled Elsayed/Pro Football Focus].

A great article about Roger Ebert and a video of his review of Space Jam. [Nick Bond/The Classical] .

I should really make a point to go to more Minor League games this summer. That should be a goal. “This rotation is exciting, as three of the five starters were drafted in the top five rounds. DeJesus, who will be toeing the rubber tonight for the home opener, had a fantastic impact last season with the Mahoning Valley Scrappers. He went 4-2 with a 2.02 ERA through 14 games there, and his opponents posted a notable .197 average off of him. This season, he’ll be focusing on staying back in his delivery, but his overall goal is to maintain continuity.

“I want to stay consistent,” DeJesus noted. “I want to give my team a chance to win. I just want to go out there, throw strikes, keep the walks low and stay consistent the whole season.”

Ryan Merrit is the only lefty starter. The Texas native struggled last season with the Scrappers, but he had an impressive junior college career. Mitch Brown is a prospect many are excited about. The second-round pick spent last season in Arizona, where he appeared in eight games. Sisco is another intriguing arm, as he has good size and power and an interesting delivery. Baker was the fifth round pick last year out of community college in Nevada. Baker also tossed eight games in Arizona last year, and it’ll be interesting to see what kind of arm he progresses into this year.” [Stephanie Metzger/Indians Baseball Insider].

Were you aware that WFNY is throwing a Browns Draft Party with Cleveland Frowns? Because we are and you should go. [Draft Party]

  • The_Matt_Of_Akron

    On the Pro Football Focus piece, why was Rubin not ranked higher? How do they say “This former sixth-rounder … has
    finished in the Top 7 the past two years in our defensive tackle Run Stop Percentage rankings.” is only getting what the scouts expected?