Alonzo Gee

Thursday night the Cleveland Cavaliers traded small forward, Alonzo Gee, to the Charlotte Hornets. In return, Cleveland receives center Brendan Haywood, former Cavs draftee, and Stanford’s power forward, Dwight Powell. Gee spent four seasons in Cleveland, so let’s reminisce in his career.

First, it begins draft day 2009, when the Alabama alumni was overlooked and undrafted. Gee signed with the Austin Toros, a NBA Developmental League team. The small forward didn’t experience professional competition until late in the 2009-10 season, when Gee signed a 10 day contract with the Wizards on March 7th.

Although, he only played seven minutes, he managed two points and two boards. Just over a week later, on March 16th, he recorded his first career double-double (13 points, 10 rebounds), earning another 10 day contract. On the 26th, Gee started his first game, scoring a previous high of 19.
Once his contract expired, the forward signed with the San Antonio Spurs. Gee was demoted to the Austin Toros on April 8th. It was during this month the D-League announced Alonzo Gee as Rookie of the Year. He averaged 21 points on 51% shooting while snatching 6.6 rebounds.

Flash forward, several months to November of 2010. Gee was waived by the Spurs and resigned with Washington. A month later, the Florida native appeared on the waiver wire again. On December 28th, he agreed to a contract with the Cleveland Cavaliers.

Throughout four campaigns in the Wine and Gold, Gee has experienced mild success. His best seasons came between 2011 and 2013. During 2011-12, the small forward set career highs in points and rebounds per game (10.6 and 5.1). Gee saw his most action throughout 2012-13, when the veteran started all 82 games averaging 31 minutes, registering over ten points and under four boards a game.

Unfortunately, under the guidance of Mike Brown, Gee suffered statistically. He only appeared on the court for 15 minutes every game, starting only 24 games, his fewest as a Cavalier. The veteran struggled at the line (70.5%) and finished with four points and 2.3 rebounds a game, again fewest as a Cav. Whether the blame is on Brown’s misuse of Gee or Gee’s individual struggles, the forward is still a valuable player. Overall, Alonzo Gee averaged 8.2 points and 3.4 boards as a Cavalier.

In conclusion, Alonzo Gee, you will be remembered. You gave us flashes of hope for a young, struggling franchise. I wish you the best of luck in all your endeavors.

– Max Gold

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