Osman Shining In New Role


Through two games thus far, Cavs forward Cedi Osman has averaged 19.5 PPG, 6.5 RPG, and 6.0 APG, which is a huge sigh of relief with the departure of LeBron James. In his second NBA season, Osman has embraced his new role as a featured player in the Cavaliers starting lineup.

Osman is the third Cavalier player in team history to have 39 points, 13 rebounds, and 12 assists through the first two games. Of course, LeBron James is one of the other two, as is Ron Harper.

The 2nd year power forward has provided a defensive presence for the Cavaliers that is much needed. John Michael, the Cavaliers radio host, mentioned that Raptors guard Danny Green raved about Osman following opening night.

Throughout the course of the first two games, Osman has displayed his expanded offensive talents. Shooting 48% percent from the floor, alongside 37% from three allows the Cavs to expand the floor. Not only has Osman been a efficient shooter, his court vision has been on display. His average of six assists per game is up from last years average of just 0.7.

Over the summer, Osman spent his time training in Los Angeles alongside former teammate LeBron James and back-to-back finals MVP Kevin Durant. Through the first two games it’s clear that Osman learned a thing or two from the future Hall of Famers.

Osman is being utilized in a similar role that James was used in last year. Dictating the pace of play, combined with his passing and scoring abilities, Osman could soon take over this team from Kevin Love. Obviously, it’s a stretch comparing Osman’s game to James’s, but the message is pretty clear. Expect Osman to be in talks throughout the season for Most Improved Player.


About Conor Flynn

Conor is a Sports Management Major at Niagara University. Living in Buffalo, New York, Conor hopes to pursue a career in Media Relations in the near future.

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