Smith has been a significant improvement to Dion Waiters in the 19 games he’s been here. He’s that catch and shoot guy the Cavs desperately needed. Smith has the worst field goal percentage among the starters shooting 41% from the field, but it hasn’t hurt the Cavs yet. He takes shots in the rhythm of the offense, which is something Waiters wasn’t doing. So from that standpoint he has been a significant upgrade from Waiters. He also brings it on the defensive end of the court. He is averaging nearly 2 steals a game.
We’ve learned that Thompson isn’t an NBA starter. If he was a starter he’d get a grade of C-, but since he’s coming off the bench he gets a B-. He has shown us that he can be that 3rd guy that can come into the game and get the rebounds. He’s averaging 9 points and 8 boards a night. Every contender needs a guy like Thompson that can come in and do the dirty work. I still don’t know why he turned down the Cavs contract offer in the beginning of the season. That will forever be a mystery to me.
Movgov get’s an A+ because he was the missing ingredient the Cavs needed. He is that guy in the middle that demands respect from opposing teams. Opponents now think twice before they drive the lane when Big T is waiting there to meet them. He is averaging 11 points, 9 rebounds, and 2 blocks a game in the brief time he’s been in Cleveland. He has shown us that he can score as well. He isn’t just a big body that gets rebounds. Mozgov may be the piece that makes the Cavs a title contender.
It was a shame to see Andy’s season end the way it did. He was having a nice season before his year was cut short by injury. I hope to see him make a full recovery and back with the team for the 2015-2016 campaign.
I don’t think we’ve seen enough of Shumpert to give him an accurate grade. He is still finding his way on the Cavs after coming back from injury. I actually expect him to take over Smith’s role as starter as the season progresses. He has shown us he can play tight perimeter defense and knock down clutch shots.