Ranking the starting small forwards in the NBA is no easy chore. Where does the Cleveland Cavaliers’ starting small forward Cedi Osman stack up?
However, his third NBA season is an important one. Both for Osman and the Cavs front office. Osman is eligible for an extension that could net him four more years and $49 million in total.
If Osman takes another leap this season, the front office would be wise to invest in another four-years of Osman as the starting small forward. From his rookie to sophomore campaign in the NBA, all of his stats took a major step forward. That was expected, however, as LeBron James leaving left the starting small forward position wide open.
Osman has also shown the ability to be the primary ball-handler and playmaker this summer during the FIBA World Cup. He had a rough go against the United States but bounced back in a big way against the Czech Republic in the team’s next game.
He showed some serious mental fortitude after having a poor game, in what was the biggest game of his young international career. Osman finished the game against the Czech Republic with 24 points, 3 rebounds, and 3 assists. He also hit 57% of his shot attempts and 50% of his three-point attempts in that game.
Take a look at where Osman stacks up among the rest of the projected starting small forwards for the 2019-20 NBA season. It should be noted that Kevin Durant is not included in this list because of injury.