Skyenga eclipses 300, moves past former 3-point record holder in season finale

The season has finally come to an end, and honestly I can say that I am a little bit disappointed. I have really come to appreciate the effort given by the team lately, especially with Baron Davis on the court. For the finale, with Baron sitting out, the Cavaliers got smoked in the first quarter, but fought back nicely and actually won the final 3 quarters by 19 points. It was a very fitting farewell for the great Joe Tait.

Another great thing that happened Wednesday night was the release (by Fresh Brewed Tee’s) of the Skyenga t-shirt.  Not many players have a t-shirt made specifically for them, but then again not many players have the freaky athletic ability and great nickname of our main man Christian Skyenga. To honor the release of his shirt, Skyenga played yet another solid game.

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For the 4th consecutive game, Skyenga posted a positive plus-minus, putting up a +8 against the Wiz. He also scored 6 points and grabbed 2 rebounds in 16 active minutes. Hopefully another solid performance like this will leave a sweet taste in the mouths of the Cavaliers front office heading into the offseason. The 6 points not only moved Skyenga past two more former Cavaliers, it also propelled him past the 300 point barrier in his career!!!

Kudos to Skyenga for a nice milestone in his rookie campaign. His ranking on the Cavaliers All-Time Scoring List is as follows:

Rank Player Years G Pts Avg
156 Christian Eyenga 2010-11 44 303 6.9
157 Antonio Lang 1995-96 thru 1996-97 & 1998-99 115 300 2.6
158 Willie Smith 1979-80 62 299 4.8

Willie Smith (not to be confused with the Fresh Prince of Bel Air) was the 1st pick of the 2nd Round of the 1976 NBA draft by the Chicago Bulls. Smith played 4 years in the NBA with 4 different teams, one of which was the Cleveland Cavaliers. Smith played only 16 games in his first three NBA seasons and was waived by two different teams, but the Cavaliers thought they saw something in him and traded Portland a 3rd round draft pick for him prior to the 1979 season. Smith played 62 unproductive games for the Cavaliers and was released after the season ending his NBA career. Smith did lead the Cavaliers in 1979-80 with 17 three pointers made, which coincidentally was the team record for a single season at that point (1979-80 was the first season with the three point shot). The “record” was broken the following year by Mike Bratz, but Smith can forever say he held the Cavalier single season record for most three’s in a season! On a side note, Smith was arrested two years ago trying to break into a restaurant in Missouri.

Antonio Lang was part of the Duke dynasty that won back-to-back NCAA championships in 1991 and 1992. He was selected in the 2nd round of the 1994 NBA draft by the Phoenix Suns. That draft pick was traded by the Pistons to the Spurs in 1993 as part of the Dennis Rodman for Sean Elliott trade. After barely seeing the court in 12 games for the Suns as a rookie, he was traded to the Cavaliers along with Dan Majerle and the draft pick that resulted in Brevin Knight for Hot Rod Williams. Lang played two season with the Cavaliers before being released. After a year with Miami, he returned to the Cavaliers for a 10 game stint in the 1998-99 season. After bouncing around the next season with a few teams, he headed to Japan to play for the Mitsubishi Dolphins where he was part of the team from 2001 thru 2006. He became an assitant coach when foot problems forced his retirement, and last year was named head coach of the Dolphins.

Well the season is over and hopefully the ping pong balls god is kind to us again. We sure do need it, but we do have some solid young players who hopefully will continue to improve.

Stay tuned as we will continue the Skyenga tracker next year as he looks to move into better and better position in Cavaliers 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.

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