Cavs: Revisiting Larry Nance Jr.’s best games of 2019-2020 thus far

Cleveland Cavaliers big man Larry Nance Jr. dunks the ball. (Photo by Jason Miller/Getty Images)
Cleveland Cavaliers big man Larry Nance Jr. dunks the ball. (Photo by Jason Miller/Getty Images) /
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Cleveland Cavaliers big man Larry Nance Jr. shoots the ball. (Photo by Jason Miller/Getty Images) /

Larry Nance Jr. is the Cleveland Cavaliers’ version of a human highlight reel. The high-flying big man has even developed an outside shot, too. With that lethal combination, he has had huge games individually where he packed the stat sheet, and here, we’ll revisit the best games for him of the current season thus far.

Although the 2019-2020 NBA season has not yet concluded, and it’s still unclear if the season will play out, with the league’s year being suspended due to concerns regarding the novel coronavirus pandemic, now is as good of a time as any to take a look back at some of Larry Nance Jr.‘s best games for the Cleveland Cavaliers thus far.

You can view recently reported updates about potential alternative season scenarios/the possible financial impact of a cancelled season here, too, per KJG’s Dan Gilinsky and also our own Amadou Sow, too. In relation to Nance’s best games, though, there are so many to choose from considering that Nance Jr. is a very consistent player.

At this point this season, he’s had what is currently on track for a career-high with 10.1 points per game, as noted by Basketball Reference, to go with 7.3 rebounds, 2.2 assists and 1.0 steals per outing. However, in relation to his game-by-game output this season, all games are not created equal and the list had to be cut down from 56 games to three.

The three games that in my opinion were Nance Jr.’s best of the year are the February 12 matchup against the Atlanta Hawks, the January 23 game against the Washington Wizards, and the March 4 showdown against the Boston Celtics.

Before getting into the breakdown of each game it is important to note that this is my opinion and a case could easily be made for certain other games being ranked above the three that I have on the list. Also, while team success was a small factor in the decision-making for which game should go where, it did not play a big role and I was more focused on how Larry played as an individual in this sense.

First up, we’ll revisit Nance’s performance of the 2019-20 season thus far against Boston last month, which could perhaps qualify as #3.