Scouting the new Cavaliers

The Cleveland Cavaliers made two big trades on Thursday acquiring George Hill from Sacramento, Rodney Hood from Utah and Jordan Clarkson and Larry Nancy Jr. from the Lakers. With all four guys set to make their debut today in Boston against the Celtics let’s take a look a each player and what they bring to the Cavaliers team.

– George Hill  (6’3″ – 188 lbs – 31 years old)

George Hill is a ten year veteran who will take over as the starting point guard for the Cavaliers. He averaged a career high 16.9 points per game last season with the Utah Jazz. Hill signed a three year free agent contract with the Sacramento Kings this past off season and was averaging 10.3 points in 26 minutes per game this season. He will bring stability to the point guard position. Not only his he solid on the court but Hill is a student of the game and studies opposing players and their tendencies. Kings coach Dave Joerger referred to Hill as a “built in scouting report of the league”. He is shooting a career high 45% from three point range this season. Hill is also comfortable playing the two guard as Lebron James will handle point guard duties at times. Hill is one of the top catch and shoot guards in the league. He and Rodney Hood have an existing chemistry as they were the starting backcourt for the Utah Jazz last season.

– Rodney Hood  (6’8″ – 206 lbs – 25 years old)

Rodney Hood comes to Cleveland in his fourth season in the NBA. Hood has averaged 13.1 points per game for his career and is averaging 16.8 points per game this season. He will initially come off the bench for the Cavaliers but should join the starting lineup once he gets acclimated. Hood is an above average outside shooter and good ball handler. He does a solid job taking care of the ball resulting in minimal turnovers. His length makes him a tough guard defensively. He is a proven scorer and should flourish on the offensive end playing next to Lebron James. Hood is not known for his defense but is athletic enough to be adequate when putting forth the effort.

– Jordan Clarkson  (6’5″ – 194 lbs – 25 years old)

Like Hood Clarkson is also in his fourth season in the NBA. He was a solid contributor for the Los Angeles Lakers the past three seasons averaging 14.3 points per game. Clarkson is more of a combo guard than a point guard and will play that role off the bench with Cleveland. He was averaging 14.5 points per game in a sixth man role with the Lakers which ranks second in the NBA behind the Clippers Lou Williams. Clarkson his not a great outside shooter (33% for career) but he can flat out score the ball. He will provide instant offense off the bench for Cleveland playing both guard positions. Clarkson has good size as a defender and can be solid defensively when he puts maximum effort into it.

– Larry Nance Jr.  (6’9″ – 230 lbs – 25 years old)
The son of Cavaliers legend Larry Nance comes to Cleveland in his third year in the league. The Akron, OH product grew up as a Cavaliers fan and played at Revere High School. He is an athletic power forward who brings rebounding and solid post defense to Cleveland which is something they sorely lack. Nance has improved his offensive game and jump shot since coming into the league. He plays the game with a high motor and loves to get out and run the floor. Nance loves to play above the rim and there should be no shortage of lob passes for dunks with the Cavaliers. He is very versatile and is able to play both power forward and center which will make him very valuable to Cleveland with Kevin Love injured and Channing Frye traded. His offensive game is respectable and continues to improve. Nance instantly becomes the Cavaliers best post defender.

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