Skyenga scores 15 and passes by Harold “Baby Jordan” Miner on Cavs scoring list

Let’s be honest.  There was no way that the Cavaliers were going to win.  Honestly I thought they had no chance to cover the spread of 18 points, which they ended up doing, losing 95-112.  There really was only one reason why I was interested in the game, and his name is Christian Skyenga.  As luck would have it, I saw three pretty nice plays by Skyenga. 

Right off the bat, he buried a three pointer on the first possession for a 3-0 Cavaliers lead.  I pretty much knew there was no way the game would get better than that, so I flipped to a different game.  Two other times I flipped over to the Cavs game just in time to see Skyenga make a great play, including a beautiful alley oop dunk late in the 4th quarter from Manny Harris.  When it was all said and done Skyenga put up 15 points in 28 minutes of work.  Those 15 points moved him ahead of some pretty interesting company in Cavalier history to 216th place:

 
Rank Player Years G Pts PPG
216 Christian Eyenga 2010-11 9 69 7.7
217 Corie Blount 1998-99 20 68 3.4
Walter Jordan 1980-81 30 68 2.3
219 Anthony Johnson 2000-01 28 66 2.4
220 Tierre Brown 2002-03 15 65 4.3
221 Shawnelle Scott 1996-97 to 1997-98 57 64 1.1
222 Carl Nicks 1982-83 9 63 7.0
223 Alonzo Gee 2010-11 11 62 5.6
  Johnny Rogers 1987-88 24 62 2.6
225 Harold Miner 1995-96 19 61 3.2
Ben McDonald 1985-86 21 61 2.9
227 Jerome Lane 1992-93 21 59 2.8
228 Jackie Ridgle 1971-72 32 57 1.8
Reggie Geary 1996-97 39 57 1.5
 
Skyenga finally got past Alonzo Gee, again, and is now in a battle with Samardo Samuels (70 career points).
 
Shawnelle Scott was apparently good enough to stick with the Cavaliers for two seasons.  In those two seasons, he was able to score only 64 points in 57 career games.  He was a roster filler who did not do anything particularly good.  His career totals for the Cavaliers were 64 points, 75 rebounds, 8 assists, 6 steals and 11 blocks.
 
Corie Blount was a fixture on the 1992 University of Cincinnati Final Four team that included Nick Van Exel.  He was drafted by the Bulls and as luck would have it, he played on the two Bulls teams in the mid 90′s that did not win a championship.  He was sold to the Lakers from the Bulls in 1995, then picked up by the Cavaliers in March of 1999.  He was a very nice rebounder for the Cavaliers, averaging 5.3 rebounds in only 18 minutes per game.  After the season, Blount signed with the Suns and then bounced around the NBA for another 5 years.

Now, we can talk about the guy who really sticks out on this list: Harold “Baby Jordan” Miner.

 

Miner wore #23 as USC, had a shaved head, could jump out of the gym and scored a ton of points.  Of course that all adds up to being the next Jordan, or in Miner’s case, Baby Jordan.  In his final year (1991-92 season as a Junior) at USC, Miner led the Trojans to a #2 seed in the NCAA tournament where they were upset in the second round by a Georgia Tech buzzer beater.  Miner was named College Basketball Player of the Year by Sports Illustrated over notable players such as Christian Laettner and Shaquille O’Neal.  He scored 26.3 points per game that year, which furthered his profile as Baby Jordan.  In his three year USC career (87 games), he scored 2,048 points (23.5 ppg) which still stands as the USC scoring record.

He was drafted 12th overall by the Miami Heat and he scored 10.3 ppg in 18.9 mpg coming off the bench as a rookie.  During the All-Star weekend he won the The Slam Dunk Contest, beating reigning Champion Cedric Ceballos .  The following two years, saw his scoring average go from 10.5 ppg to 7.3 ppg.  Despite winning The Slam Dunk Contest for a second time in 1995 (once again beating the reigning champion, this time Isaiah Rider), he was traded by the Heat to the Cavaliers along with the 39th pick of the draft (2nd round, 10th pick) for the 46th pick of the draft (2nd round, 17th pick).  The Cavaliers were obviously not happy with Miner, as they tried trading Miner to the Raptors in October of 1995, four months after acquiring him.  That trade was rescinded by the Cavaliers after the Minnesota player they were trying to acquire failed his physical.  Miner would stay on the Cavaliers for the rest of the season, scoring only 3.2 ppg in 19 career Cavalier games.  He was released by the Cavaliers after the season, and after getting cut in the preseason by the Raptors, prior to the next season, he retired from the NBA.

 
The Cavaliers get a few days off before heading home Friday to take on the Denver Nuggets.  Stay tuned for further developments in Skyenga’s rise thru Cavalier History!!
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.

Quantcast