Cavaliers 22 year old rookie Cedi Osman is gaining trust with head coach Tyronn Lue as he continues to get valuable minutes off the bench. The injury to guard Iman Shumpert has opened up an opportunity for Osman to earn minutes and that’s exactly what he has done gaining valuable confidence along the way.
In Saturday night’s home win over the Utah Jazz Osman notched his career high with 10 points, four rebounds and one steal in 22 minutes playing some solid defense against Jazz rookie sensation Donovan Mitchell. Osman plays with a ton of energy and is aggressive on the defensive end of the floor. He loves to run the floor and slash to the basket on the break. Coach Lue has been very impressed with the young wing.
“He’s always active,” Lue said. “He has great hands, plays hard, and sometimes he gets overanxious, sometimes he fouls jump-shooters because he wants to contest every shot. But he plays hard every single night, and that’s all you can ask for.”
Osman is still amazed that he is a part of the Cavaliers playing with stars such as Lebron James, Kevin Love, Dwyane Wade and soon Isaiah Thomas.
“For me it’s really amazing being on this team,” Osman said. “We have great players, great coaches, this is a championship team. And from the first day when we came in as new players LeBron was saying we have to live as a champion from the first day. So, that’s how I’m doing.
The pending return of guards Isaiah Thomas and Derrick Rose will most likely knock Osman back out of the rotation. By gaining the trust of Tyronn Lue in the event he does lose his rotation minutes, Lue can feel confident going to Osman in any situation knowing he will handle himself well. Osman’s length and defensive ability could potentially be valuable in a finals rematch against the Golden State Warriors. He will get the opportunity to show what he can do against those Warriors coming up next week as the Cavaliers travel to Golden State on Christmas Day.