While he hasn’t received the headlines of Isaiah Thomas or Jae Crowder, 21 year-old Turkish small forward Cedi Osman will be joining the Cavaliers this season after spending the last two seasons playing in Europe. The six foot eight inch Osman made headlines recently, putting up 28 points, seven rebounds, four assists, and seven steals in his first EuroBasket game. He cooled off as the tournament went on, but showed not only why the Cavaliers drafted him, but also why he may be ale to help this season.
Osman was selected 31st overall in the 2015 NBA draft by the Minnesota Timberwolves and then shipped to Cleveland in a trade for Tyus Jones. He signed with the Cavaliers in July and is part of a suddenly very deep set of wings on the Cavaliers’ roster. Fighting for time with LeBron James, Jae Crowder, J.R. Smith, Kyle Korver, Jeff Green, Richard Jefferson, Iman Shumpert, and Kevin Love will limit Osman’s playing time early, but should benefit him to get acclimated slowly. The long-term hope is that Osman develops into the ever-valuable 3&D wing (hits threes and plays defense) that teams covet. He has the size and athleticism, as well as decent shooting numbers throughout this career. He also displays good basketball intelligence and a high level of effort, qualities that always play well next to James.
Trevor Magnotti, who covers the European basketball scene for The Step Back (part of Fansided) joined Jeff Nomina to discuss Osman. Trevor has spent more time watching the new Cavalier than most Cavs fan and can speak more in depth that those who have only seen a few highlight packages. Trevor helps break down the type of player Cavs fans can expect as well as the long-term hopes for Osman in the video below.
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