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Skyenga, the starter, scores seven more!

The Cavaliers, realizing what we here at Stepien Rules already knew, re-inserted Christian “Skyenga” into the starting line-up against the Bulls last night.  Skyenga responded to his 2nd career start with a solid 7 points, along with tying his career highs with 5 rebounds and 3 assists.  He also saw a career high 32 minutes of action. 


The picture above is now the official Skyenga points tracker series logo…hat tip to whoever took it

Despite all that the Cavaliers lost again and Skyenga will have to wait a few more days for his first career W.  On the glass is half full side, he passed four more ex-Cavaliers and it now sitting pretty at 231st all-time:

 
Rank
Player
Years
G
Pts
Avg
231
Christian Eyenga
2010-11
7
52
7.4
 
Mack Calvin
1980-81
21
52
2.5
233
Eddie Jordan
1977-78
22
50
2.3
234
Jiri Welsch
2004-05
16
46
2.9
 
David Wesley
2006-07
35
46
1.3
 
These four players are all very interesting:
 
Mack Calvin was an ABA superstar.  In the 1970-71 season Calvin averaged 27.2 ppg for The Floridians (not the Miami Floridians or the South Beach Floridians, just The Floridians, gotta love the old ABA).  The following season, he put in a very solid 21.0 ppg.  After 7 years in the ABA, he made it to the NBA for 4 very undistinguished seasons in the NBA, culminating with the 1980-81 season in which he played 21 games for the Cavaliers scoring 52 points.
 
Eddie Jordan was drafted by the Cavaliers in the 2nd round of the 1977 NBA draft.  He was waived by the Cavs in December of 1977, and picked up by the Nets.  After a few solid seasons with the Nets, he was traded to the Lakers for a 1st Round Draft Pick.  Later the Lakers would trade him along with a few other pieces for current Cavalier Coach Byron Scott.  Jordan would go on to become an NBA Head Coach, most notably with the Wizards, losing to the Cavaliers 3 straight years in the 1st Round of the Playoffs.
 
Jiri Welsch was a horrible acquisition for Cavaliers.  First of all, they gave up a 2007 first round draft pick for him.  This draft pick was used to pick Rudy Fernandez, who is a solid NBA player, but that is not the end of the story.  Boston used this pick to trade with the Phoenix Suns for Rajon Rondo and Brian Grant.  I am pretty sure Rondo is a better NBA player than Welsch.  Welsch came to the Cavaliers with a reputation as a shooter, and he figured to fit in well here, helping to spread the floor for LeBron James.  That didn’t happen.  In his 16 games he hit only 2 of 11 three pointers (18.2%) and 12 of 51 overall from the field (23.5%).  The Cavaliers would have been better off with Jiri Welsch look-a-like John Link (the former CWRU three point shooting machine) playing for them.


John Link pictured above…the Padua product is CWRU Career Leader in 3-pointers made, 3rd leading scorer in school history

David Wesley is the definition of a guy who ran out of gas.  He was signed by the Cavaliers to provide that long sought after vertern presence who can stretch the court and hit open shots.  He was coming off a solid season for the Rockets in which he scored 9.9 ppg and hit almost 37% from three point range.  In fact, he was a starter for 59 of his 71 games.  Then he came to the Cavs.  He actually made 5 starts that year before Mike Brown realized that he couldn’t defend and couldn’t shoot anymore.  He was relegated to the bench next to Scot Pollard, and didn’t he didn’t even make an appearance at all during the Cavalier run to the NBA Finals.
 
Stay tuned for more in the Skyenga points tracker series!
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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