In a galaxy far, far away… a new hope. Cedi Osman.
It is beginning to look like the Cleveland Cavaliers have finally snapped out of their usual midseason slump. The Cavs are on a three-game winning streak after their 22-point blowout victory in Boston.
During this win streak, Cavaliers GM Koby Altman has completely blown up the roster. Also, during this win streak, a rotation move made by Tyronn Lue has been slightly overlooked.
Since the Cavs beat the Minnesota Timberwolves in dramatic fashion on Wednesday, Cedi Osman has snuck his way into the rotation. Osman documented his first career start against the Atlanta Hawks and then started again Sunday against the Boston Celtics. The Cavaliers are undefeated with Osman playing meaningful minutes in an established role.
During his first career start, Osman managed to articulate a very impressive stat line for a 22-year-old rookie. Osman scored 16 points as well as six rebounds and five assists. From being seemingly lost, deep on the Cavs bench, Osman is starting to prove that he can be the spark needed to ignite the Cavaliers.
Osman is a very interesting fit on this growing team. Standing at 6’8″, Cedi provides solid height at the small forward position, although he can also play shooting guard. Being a versatile player is an additional factor Osman brings to the Cavs as he can defend numerous positions. His ability to defend in the backcourt as well as the frontcourt can be helpful against tougher opponents such as Golden State. When Kevin Love is healthy again, it will be very interesting to watch and see what happens to Cedi’s role.
To the delight of many Cavalier fans, Osman brings a competitor’s attitude and hustle every moment he is on the floor. Osman runs the floor well in transition and really improves the pace of the game. He plays the game with the beloved Cleveland grit and is fitting in very well with this Cavalier team. It is now fair to say that No. 16 is quickly becoming a fan favorite in Cleveland.
Cedi Osman is only 22 years old and has a very high ceiling. Longterm, it is important for Ty Lue and the Cavs to continue to play and develop Osman as he can be serviceable for many years to come. For now, it is vital to use his energy, heart and hustle to help the Cavaliers win their second NBA title.