The Cavs recent success can immediately be accredited to the fantastic play from the bench. One of the x-factors off the bench is someone that nobody saw coming into the season. The Turkish talent named Cedi Osman, pronounced JED-e AUS-min, was drafted by Cleveland back in 2015 but hadn’t signed with the team until this season due to his contract with the European team.
Not a household name by any means, Cedi Osman has worked his way into some serious minutes for the Wine and Gold lately, playing an average of 15.2 minutes per game in the last five games. Osman had a rough two first months of the season. He didn’t even play a minute in 11 games, but he has bounced back tremendously.
The breakout game of the season so far for Osman would be his contest against the Utah Jazz on December 16th where he scored a career-high 10 points in a career-high 23 minutes. The Cavs have given more freedom to Osman out there and had him help the team close out their game against the Jazz.
Osman played the same sort of role over in Europe that is he now. Osman’s career high in MPG for a season was a measly 20.0, which indicates that he played an extended role off the bench for Anadolu Efes.
While Osman’s impact isn’t anything thunderous, he is proving to the coaches, players and fans that he deserves more minutes and that he can provide a scoring punch off the bench.
Osman has been a pleasant surprise for Cleveland and he will only help the Cavs quest for a championship.
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