Cleveland Cavaliers: 2 goals for Cedi Osman for 2021-22

Cleveland Cavaliers wing Cedi Osman shoots the ball. (Photo by Justin Tafoya/Getty Images)
Cleveland Cavaliers wing Cedi Osman shoots the ball. (Photo by Justin Tafoya/Getty Images) /
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Cedi Osman, Cleveland Cavaliers
Cleveland Cavaliers wing Cedi Osman knocks down a three-point shot. (Photo by David Richard-USA TODAY Sports) /

#1: Being a more consistent shooter for the Cavs

The first goal for Osman for next season is, while blunt, to establish more consistency for Cleveland. There were too many elongated rough patches for Osman as a shooter, and it made his impact fairly minimal unfortunately at times, combined with his defensive limitations.

Now, I get that Cleveland having so many injuries last season, to the likes of Kevin Love and Larry Nance Jr., didn’t help Cedi out, along with others. And I give Osman his share of credit for stepping up, particularly early in the season when both Darius Garland and Collin Sexton a bit were sidelined, from a playmaking standpoint. Diddo for Damyean Dotson then, too.

That said, the inconsistencies from Osman last season were glaring, and at one point, an extended rough patch for Osman even seemingly led to him having five straight DNPs.

Fortunately for Cedi, even while Garland missing eight of Cleveland’s last nine games did likely play into it some, along with Taurean Prince/Dylan Windler surgeries prior to that even, Osman did have extended PT in May to close out his season. He then had 14.7 points and 5.5 assists per outing in the season’s last six games, which was ending out on a somewhat positive note.

But next season, it’s apparent that he needs to shoot more consistently to firmly establish himself as a rotational guy game-to-game. Pre-All-Star, although February didn’t help, he had 10.9 points per outing and hit 33.2 percent from deep.

Albeit post-All-Star, the inconsistencies were more of a problem, other than ending out, as he hit just 25.7 percent from downtown and had 9.7 points per contest.

So with next season in mind, if he sticks around, being more consistent has to be the first goal for Osman in rotational minutes, mostly.

From there, we’ll move on to goal #2.