Cleveland Cavaliers: 3 key takeaways from Isaac Okoro’s rookie year

Cleveland Cavaliers wing Isaac Okoro shoots the ball. (Photo by Jason Miller/Getty Images)
Cleveland Cavaliers wing Isaac Okoro shoots the ball. (Photo by Jason Miller/Getty Images) /
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Cleveland Cavaliers wing Isaac Okoro drives to the basket. (Photo by David Richard-USA TODAY Sports) /

Takeaway #3 from Okoro’s rookie season for the Cavs: Living under the radar can only last so long

With age comes maturity and that’s something the Cavaliers are banking on with all these Cavs, especially Okoro.

With whomever the Wine and Gold draft coming up later this year on July 29, will also have an impact on Okoro. If the Cavs draft a prospect such as Moses Moody, a 6-foot-6 guard/wing out of Arkansas and of whom KJG’s Amadou Sow highlighted recently, where does that leave Okoro?

Right now Okoro isn’t a very creative shot maker. There aren’t a lot of dribble and pull-up shots for him; there were very little, frankly. Rather he takes the ball to the rim or it’s a catch-and-shoot.

I will say, he does move well without the ball on offense and at times his teammates haven’t given him many opportunities on those cuts to the hoop. Next season, Okoro needs a better off-the-dribble shot to add to his arsenal.

I like watching Okoro play night in and night out because I can see flashes of greatness in his craft, but I also know like you do, that the NBA is ruthless and unless you can show that consistency on a nightly basis, particularly when given starting burn early on, you’ll likely be out of the league.

Next. Garland has been showing great all-around passing abilities. dark

I think the Cavs have given Okoro a great opportunity and I fully expect Year 2 for him to be better, and a full offseason to come this go-round should pay dividends for the youngster.