Cavs: Cedi Osman’s role is marginalized with playmaking reinforcements

Cleveland Cavaliers wing Cedi Osman looks to make a play. (Photo by Jason Miller/Getty Images)
Cleveland Cavaliers wing Cedi Osman looks to make a play. (Photo by Jason Miller/Getty Images) /
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Cedi Osman, Cleveland Cavaliers
Cleveland Cavaliers wing Cedi Osman handles the ball. (Photo by Mike Dinovo-USA TODAY Sports) /

One would assume that Cedi Osman hasn’t had the season he would’ve wanted for the Cleveland Cavaliers individually to this point.

In primarily a bench role this season, Osman has had 9.7 points, 3.3 rebounds and 2.6 assists in 24.6 minutes per contest. And for one, the shooting struggles, particularly from beyond the arc, have been the glaring issue for Cedi, whose hit a career-low 41.5 percent of his two-point attempts as well.

Osman has hit just 30.5 percent of his three-point attempts on the year, and while I do perhaps give him a bit of slack with him averaging 5.6 attempts per contest, that clip has been disappointing.

Osman has hit only 0.8 of his 4.2 attempts per outing in his past 13 appearances, an abysmal 20.4 percent clip, also. His overall shooting clip in that span has been just 26.3 percent in 20.4 minutes per appearance.

It hasn’t necessarily been all bad for the fourth-year wing, though, as his playmaking in his burn has been a key positive for the Wine and Gold. Osman having had an average of 3.8 assists per-36 minutes thus far in 2020-21 has been a fairly notable clip, from my perspective, with him being a reserve wing.

That said, the return of Matthew Dellavedova and Kevin Love, and to some degree, Taurean Prince, lately could point to a role reduction for Osman, whose seemingly had the writing on that wall for a bit here anyway.

Osman’s role is likely marginalized with Cavs playmaking reinforcements.

First off, we’ll emphasize how the reintegration of Dellavedova and Love reduces the need/selling point for Osman for a considerable share of rotational burn.