Georges Niang was one of Cleveland’s newest additions this summer. Niang signed with the Cavs at the beginning of free agency. Niang inked a deal in Cleveland for $26 million for a three-year duration. The biggest draw of Niang was his shooting efficiency. Last year with the Philadelphia 76ers, Georges Niang shot 40.1 percent from three-point range, as well as 44.2 percent at field goal range. As a 6’7″ power forward, that kind of shooting is very impressive. With the absence of Kevin Love on the team, the Cavs were in need of a new big man who could shoot the ball.
Unfortunately, Niang has had somewhat of a slow start in Cleveland. At the moment, his three-point shooting average is 26.5 percent, while his field goal average comes in at 28.8 percent. His shooting has slightly improved though, and will likely continue to trend in a positive direction now that the majority of the team is healthy.
Cleveland has shown that they are trying to utilize more ball movement in their offense this year, and not having your star point guard in recent games has made it difficult for players like Niang to push the pace and get their shots off. With Garland back though, fans can expect to see Niang get into a more comfortable rhythm with his shooting.
Georges Niang will benefit from playing in lineups with Darius Garland, as well as Cleveland’s defensive anchors Evan Mobley and Jarrett Allen. While Niang is still more valuable coming off the bench, the Cavs should experiment with him playing alongside some of the starters. J.B. Bickerstaff can utilize Niang in some creative ways by getting him more minutes with the starting lineup.
Fans should keep an eye out for Georges Niang to get more comfortable with his new team this month. Three things to watch out for with Niang in November are an upward trend in three-point shooting, more floor spacing, and an overall increase in scoring.
As the Cavs start their four-game road trip out West, there will be plenty of challenges for them to face. For the month of November, fans should keep their eyes, especially on Georges Niang, Jarrett Allen, and Darius Garland.