4 realistic bench guards Cavaliers should target in free agency

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Alec Burks, Detroit Pistons

The 12-year NBA veteran continues to be an underrated scorer who can come off the bench and have a significant impact on the game. In the most recent season, Alec Burks averaged almost 13 points per game in just 22 minutes, shooting over 40 percent from three-point range on nearly five attempts per game.

Since the beginning of the 2019 season, Burks has consistently attempted at least four three-pointers per game, despite not receiving more than 25 minutes of playing time. These statistics epitomize the profile of a microwave bench player, and Burks has been fulfilling that role for some time now.

During the last season, Burks operated as the primary ball handler in pick-and-roll plays almost 40 percent of the time. While his career average of 2 assists in limited minutes suggests that he isn’t an exceptionally dynamic playmaker, he has shown capability in short bursts. Standing at 6’6″, Burks possesses a solid frame and performs well on the defensive end. Although he may struggle to navigate screens and can be susceptible to being beaten by extremely quick guards, he doesn’t have a negative impact on the defensive side of the floor.

The 2021 postseason series with the Knicks highlighted how Burks can help the Cavs make a deeper playoff run. During that series, he played an average of 25 minutes per game and scored 14 points while attempting almost five three-pointers per game.

After a season with the rebuilding Detroit Pistons, it wouldn’t be surprising to see Burks pursue a role on a championship-contending team. If the price is right, Cleveland should certainly consider adding Burks to their bench.

Now as an added note, this would be in the event Detroit does not pick up Burks’ $10.5 million team option for next season.