Cavaliers Rookie Update

Cavaliers Rookie Update

David Marrinan-Hayes
3 years ago
2 min read

Lamar Stevens Starting to Look Comfortable

When you’re an undrafted rookie during the shortest offseason in league history, there will be a bit of a steep learning curve. Not that he was ever “bad,” but Lamar Stevens has undoubtedly grown more accustomed to the NBA life as the season has gone on. And his performances have been leading to some Cavs wins. 

Lamar had his “Wow” moment a few weeks ago, and in doing so, helped his team snap a 10-game losing streak. Coming into the game for defensive purposes, the Cavs had one possession on offense with Stevens on the floor. He received a pass from Collin Sexton as he was cutting to the basket and threw down a go-ahead dunk with just four seconds left. They got the stop and picked up the win.

Lamar was six points off, being Penn State’s all-time leading scorer. He’s got some serious game. He will stick in the league thanks to his ability to defend. And when you can be smooth under pressure like Lamar was, you’ll last in the NBA.

Dylan Windler Proving to Be Worth the Wait

After missing his entire ‘rookie’ season with several foot issues, Dylan Windler also hurt his wrist in the season opener this year. It looked like it might be another doomed season for the former first-round pick. But he has come back after missing several games with that injury and contributed nicely.

Windler had a three-game stretch where he went 9-9 from three, proving to be the player Cleveland expected him to be. He can rebound well for his size and knock down shots when he has space. He does hesitate from time to time, but in the end, he makes winning plays on both offense and defense.

Windler should be able to maintain a steady role as the team continues to get healthier.

Isaac Okoro is Who We Thought He Was

When the Cavs drafted Isaac Okoro with the fifth pick, they knew what they were getting. A player that makes his money on the defensive end can always guard the best player on the opposing team. He’ll get up into them and apply as much pressure as possible. His offense game, meanwhile, well, was a work in progress.

And though his career-high is only 15 points, Okoro has had plenty of games scoring in double-digits. There have been nights where he hit big shots in the late stages. In the first preseason game, he made a lay-up in the final second to guide the team to a win. He just needs a little time on that end.

He has done a good job of leading the D while proving to be effective as a cutter and occasional spot-up shooter. Okoro will only get better as the year develops.

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