Larry Nance Jr. is arguably the most versatile big man on the Cleveland Cavaliers’ roster, but there are plenty of ways that the Ohio native can improve on the court. This article will explore three goals I want to see him meet the rest of this 2019-20 season.
Larry Nance Jr. has been a reliable player since he was traded to the Cleveland Cavaliers from the Lakers near the 2018 NBA trade deadline. His role has expanded on the team in the past year, and he is averaging 9.7 points, 7.3 rebounds and 1.9 assists per game in this 2019-20 season, as noted by Basketball Reference.
As time goes on, we are seeing the NBA morph before our very eyes. Part of that transformation can be seen by players operating outside of their comfort zone, and Nance is an example of this transformation.
Initially he was known for his dunking and rolling presence, and while that is still very much a part of his game, he has added some new weapons to his arsenal. Nance has been actively shooting from the three-point line more this year than in previous years, and the practice is paying off.
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The Ohio native has improved his three-point shot, as he is hitting a career-high 33.8 percent of those looks, and he already has passed up last year’s career year from deep as far as made triples. On the season, Nance has a career-best 46 three-pointers made with 25 games left in this season, according to Basketball Reference.
Factoring in other parts of his growing game, Nance continues to be one of the more versatile players for Cleveland.
As the season continues, we all know this team of Cavaliers has a lot of work ahead of them, and I believe there are three things Nance can do to improve himself and the team as a whole. First off, I want to see Jr.’s impact defensively increase on a nightly basis as far as playing the passing lanes at a high level.