For those of you who don’t know, Kendrick Perkins is the newest addition to the Cleveland Cavaliers. Coming into the season, Perkins’ future with the Thunder was uncertain. The Thunder gambled on selecting New Zealand product Steven Adams back in 2013. Although Adams was raw at first, he continuously chewed into Perkins’ minutes, which finally led to Perkins’ demotion to backup in Oklahoma City.

Although Perkins will miss OKC, according to his recent farewell tweets, “I would like to start off by saying Thank You to the State of Oklahoma for treated my family and I like Family and we Thank Y’all so much!” it’s obvious he was no longer contributing on the floor for the Thunder. He did voice his regrets of not winning a ring in OKC, on Twitter. “The only thing I regret is not winning a ring In OKC! Wanted 1 bad”  Many believe his desire to win another ring was the main reason Perkins chose to sign on with the Wine and Gold.

So how will Perkins do in the Cleveland system? Known to be one of the bigger NBA “enforcers,” he will look to be a menace off the bench. Until injured center Anderson Varejao comes back, Perkins should have little to no competition for the backup center position behind current center Timofey Mozgov. Perkins had been the backup all of this year and the latter part of the last season with the Thunder, and is obviously okay with this role. One of the main reasons that this Cavaliers team is doing so well is because every player is comfortable with their role on the team.

While with the championship-contending Boston Celtics in the middle of his career, Perkins earned the reputation of being a presence in the locker room. After winning his first and only championship, Perkins was traded to the Oklahoma City Thunder, a team known for winning in the past five years. So let’s just say Perkins has something many of the young players on the Cavaliers don’t have.

Although time will tell, many believe that Perkins was last element that the Cavaliers were missing (decent backup big man). If Perkins’ on-court presence isn’t showing right away, you can bet he will be mentoring the team throughout the final stretches of the season.

Perkins is averaging 4.0 PPG & 5.5 RPG on 19.2 MPG. All his numbers are slightly lower than his career averages. This may point to a player on the downside of his career, but wasn’t J.R. Smith considered on the down side of his career before donning a Cavaliers uniform?

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