Did Cavs Miss On Impact Player In Draft?

I would call the free agency period an overall success for Danny Ferry and his Cavaliers – hands down.  But way back to what seems like years ago, there was an NBA Draft in which most Cavs fans hoped to find a player that could step in and contribute this season.  They didn’t get that player with the 30th pick, however it appears in signing Danny Green to a two year contract this week that the front office thinks they may have gotten that guy with the 46th.  

But did the Cavaliers miss on an impact player amongst those drafted after Eyenga and before Green

Long way away from knowing that answer to be sure, but if the summer league performances serve as any indicator, a brief look into that answer might be below.  

Below are the NBA Summer League statistics of each player drafted after Christian Eyenga, and before Danny Green:

Vegas NBA 2009 Summer League Statistics:

46th Overall Pick – Danny Green: 5 Games, 20.4 MPG, 8.2 PPG, 2.6 RPG, 0.6 APG, 29% (3P)

45th Overall Pick – Nick Calathes:  DNP

44th Overall Pick – Chase Budinger:  5 Games, 22.2 MPG, 17.8 PPG, 2.0 RPG, 0.8 APG, 72% (3P)

43th Overall Pick – Marcus Thorthon: 3 Games, 29.7 MPG, 20.7 PPG, 3.3 RPG, 0.3 APG, 29% (3P)

42th Overall Pick – Patrick Beverly:  DNP 

41th Overall Pick – Jodie Meeks: 5 Games, 32.2 MPG, 19.0 PPG, 2.2 RPG, 0.8 APG, 53% (3P)

40th Overall Pick – Derek Brown:  DNP

39th Overall Pick – Jonas Jerebko:  5 Games, 28.0 MPG, 12.4 PPG, 6.2 RPG, 1.0 APG, 17% (3P)

38th Overall Pick – Jon Brockman:  5 Games, 21.6 MPG, 5.4 PPG, 9.2 RPG, 1.2 APG, 0% (3P)

37th Overall Pick – DeJaun Blair:  3 Games, 25.0 MPG, 16.3 PPG, 8.7 RPG, 0.0 APG, 0% (3P)

36th Overall Pick – Sam Young:  5 Games, 25.0 MPG, 13.6 PPG, 4.2 RPG, 0.6 APG, 50% (3P)

35th Overall Pick – DaJaun Summers: 5 Games, 32.4 MPG, 18.0 PPG, 5.4 RPG, 1.0 APG, 27% (3P)

34th Overall Pick – Sergio Llul:  DNP

33th Overall Pick – Dante Cunningham: 4 Games, 31.5 MPG, 18.3 PPG, 5.8 RPG, 0.8 APG, 0% (3P)

32th Overall Pick – Jermaine Taylor:  4 Games, 20.8 MPG, 11.0 PPG, 1.8 RPG, 2.3 APG, 15% (3P)

31th Overall Pick – Jeff Pendergraph:  5 Games, 27.6 MPG, 10.8 PPG, 7.6 RPG, 0.6 APG, 0% (3P)

30th Overall Pick – Christian Eyenga:  5 Games, 26.6 MPG, 8.8 PPG, 2.4 RPG, 0.4 APG, 0% (3P)

Brendan Bowers

About Brendan Bowers

I am the founding editor of StepienRules.com. I am also a content strategist and social media manager with Electronic Merchant Systems in Cleveland. My work has been published in SLAM Magazine, KICKS Magazine, The Locker Room Magazine, Cleveland.com, BleacherReport.com, InsideFacebook.com and elsewhere. I've also written a lot of articles that have been published here.