No. 3: Georges Niang
This isn’t to suggest other Cavaliers’ role pieces can’t have their share of quality performances coming out of the gates, but even with him in a new situation with Cleveland, Georges Niang should be ready to rock.
Niang profiles as a player who should be able to come into games, and fire away. He’s a knockdown catch-and-shoot player for the likes of Garland, Mobley and others to look to in his minutes, and he should be shooting the rock with little to no hesitation.
Niang has canned 40.7 percent of his three-point attempts over the past four seasons, with the Philadelphia 76ers and prior to that, as a teammate of Mitchell’s on the Jazz.
Last season, Niang hit 40.1 percent of his three-point attempts, and had 8.2 points in 19.4 minutes per game, and connected on 154 threes. In the preceding regular season prior with Philly, he had 9.2 points in 22.8 minutes per contest, and hit 156 total threes.
Niang will have to go out and prove it, but in his forward minutes for the Cavaliers, he’s going to have the green light to let it fly. And playing off of Cleveland’s core guys, and players such as Caris LeVert, for instance, Niang should mesh well on offense; he could be a valuable transition trailing shooter, a la Kevin Love before, too.
If the 30-year-old Niang can be a bench lightning nod-type of shooter, his offseason signing via three-year, $26 million deal could become quite the bargain contract in due time.