No. 2: Playoff performer
As every Cleveland fan (disappointingly) learned this year, the regular season and postseason are two entirely separate beasts. Bringing in a free agent leaves the Cavs up to the threat that they will disappear in the playoffs.
Thankfully for Cleveland, Niang continually provides all year.
The Minivan has played in seven postseason runs, and Niang’s three-point percentage in the playoffs is 40.3 percent for his career. His rebounds and overall points per game remain relatively similar, as well. With efficient scoring and hustle on every play, bringing Niang off the bench during a seven-game series provides the Cavs with a jolt of life and energy they so desperately need at times.
As Chris Fedor of Cleveland.com pointed out on Twitter, Niang has the most playoff experience of any current Cavalier.
Having Niang in the locker room during the postseason will create a driven culture and focus. And his mindset translates to the court, where his consistent production may inspire his teammates to push onward in difficult moments.
As a proven playoff talent, Niang is a no-brainer for Cleveland. The Cavs need the right bench pieces. Too many of their players were inconsistent in the bright lights, but Niang will be a constant positive impact for a team looking to contend with the top teams out East.
Niang does more than fit into what Cleveland already does, though. He opens a door to an entirely new scheme the Cavaliers can implement, and it involves unlocking the potential of a possible future Hall of Famer and Cleveland legend.