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:
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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 That trade was rescinded by the Cavaliers after the Minnesota player they were trying to acquire failed his physical.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.