Skyenga’s still winless, but he has more points than Jay Guidinger now

I thought the Cavaliers had it last night.  They spotted the Pacers 12 points, but were able to fight back many times even taking the lead a few times.  It was not to be.  They are still stuck on 8 wins, and Christian Skyenga is now 0-13 in his career

Skyenga was all over the place last night though.  He played a career high 37 minutes, scored 12 points, grabbed 4 rebounds, had a career high 5 assists, and tied career highs with 2 steals and 2 blocked shots.  That is a very active night.  All that activity led to Skyenga’s first career game with a positive +/-, finishing with a +4 on the night.  He also played Cavalier killer Danny Granger very well, using his athletic ability to hold Granger to 23 points.  This effort also rocketed Skyenga into the top-200 in Cavalier history, and also saw him surpass 100 career points:

Rank
Player
Years
G
Pts
Avg
198
Christian Eyenga
2010-11
13
104
8.0
199
Tarence Kinsey
2008-09
50
102
2.0
200
Ryan Stack
1998-99 thru 1999-00
43
99
2.3
201
Carl Thomas
1996-97 thru 1997-98
48
98
2.0
 
Jay Guidinger
1992-93 thru 1993-94
64
98
1.5
203
Jimmy Oliver
1991-92
27
96
3.6

Jimmy Oliver was a 1st Team All-Big Ten Performer in 1990-91 for Purdue, averaging 19.2 points per game.  He was a 2nd round draft pick (39th overall) by Cleveland in the 1991 draft.  The draft pick that was used to select Oliver was acquired by trading former 1st round pick Randolph Keys to the Hornets in February of 1990.  Oliver played 27 games as a rookie for Cleveland, starting 8 of them.  After the season he was not re-signed and he left to go to Detroit.  He was cut before the season by the Pistons and was out of Basketball for a year, before returning and making the Celtics team in 1993.  All said and done, he would play 78 career games for 5 different franchises.

Jay Guidinger played parts of two years in the NBA, all with the Cavaliers.  He was an undrafted rookie out of Minnesota-Duluth.  He backed up the vaunted Cleveland frontcourt of Brad Daugherty, Larry Nance, and Hot Rod Williams, so he was not needed very often.  In his 2 years with the Cavaliers, he appeared in 64 games, including 5 starts in the 1992-93 season.  He also appeared in 4 playoff games for the Cavaliers, logging 2 points in those games.  He never played again after the 1993-94 season.

Carl Thomas was a part of the Cavaliers for the whole 1996-97 season and part of the 1997-98 season.  He appeared in games for 4 teams in his three year NBA career.  He stuck with the Cavaliers the most, getting 48 games played out of his career 63 games.  Like many other on our list so far, he never played again in the NBA after the 1997-98 season with the Cavaliers.

Ryan Stack was a 2nd Round (48th Overall) draft pick of the Cavaliers in the 1998 NBA Draft.  He never averaged over 9.6 points per game at South Carolina, scoring only 781 points in 120 career games (6.5 ppg) for the Gamecocks.  He continued his lack of scoring ability for the Cavaliers, putting in only 99 points in 43 career games.  He lasted in Cleveland for two years, and never played again in the NBA after the 1999-2000 season.

Tarence Kinsey was another South Carolina Alum.  He hit the game winning three pointer in the 2005 NIT Championship Game with 1.3 seconds left.  He signed as a free agent with the Grizzlies and played there for two years.  He then signed with the Cavaliers, and played in 50 games in the 2008-09 season, starting 3 games due to injuries in the middle of the season.  In those three games he put up solid numbers (7.7 ppg, 2.3 rpg and 1.33 spg).  He was arrested in the 2009 offseason on charges of a DUI in Florida.  This lead to his release from the Cavaliers prior to the 2009-10 season.  He is currently playing in Turkey, and has not appeared in the NBA since his one year with the Cavaliers.

The Cavaliers next hit the floor on Friday traveling to Memphis.  Hopefully they can show up at tip off and not spot the Grizzlies a 12-0 lead, and maybe they will have a shot.  Stay tuned.

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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