If you fell asleep last night, Skyenga is now 3rd place in Cavs scoring for those who wore the number 8!

The Cavaliers looked like the Cavaliers of old last night.  No, not the Cavaliers of the past few years, but the Cavaliers of December and January of this season.  They gave no effort, they let the Bucks do what ever they wanted and it showed in a 90-110 loss.  The Alonzo Gee as an NBA starter experiment is not going well.  He has now started the last 5 games, and the Cavaliers have gone 1-4.  Last night Gee had a terrible +/- of -29 in 26 minutes of action.  In other words, on average the Cavaliers lost by more than a point for every minute Gee played.  Not a good performance.

Christian Eyenga








On the other hand Christian Skyenga, who was benched in favor of Gee, was one of two Cavaliers with a positive +/- last night (Boobie Gibson was the other).  Skyenga played 21 minutes and had a +2.  Additionally, he scored 11 points (on 5-8 shooting), had 2 assists and 1 steal.  For the first time in his 28 game NBA career, he was not able to pull down a rebound.

The 11 points moved Skyenga past 3 more former Cavaliers on the team’s All-Time Scoring List:

Christian Eyenga
Brian Skinner
Reggie Johnson
Reggie Williams

Reggie (Silk) Williams was the 1987 Big East Player of the Year for Georgetown.  He was also a two time 1st Team All-Big East selection.  He is the 3rd leading scorer (behind only Eric Floyd 2,304 and Patrick Ewing 2,184) in Georgetown history with 2,117 career points.  His great college career did not fully translate into a great NBA career though.








He was the 4th overall pick in the 1987 NBA draft by the Clippers.  He averaged over 10 points per game for the Clippers in 2+ seasons.  He was then part of what many people consider the downfall of the late 80’s/early 90’s Cavaliers, as he was traded with the rights to Danny Ferry to the Cavaliers for Ron Harper, two 1st Round draft picks and a 2nd round draft pick.  He was waived later that season by the Cavaliers after playing 32 games and scoring 6.8 ppg.  Williams later in his career had a very solid 5 year run with the Nuggets, scoring 5,693 points in 367 games (15.5 ppg) from 1990-91 thru 1994-95.  For his career he averaged 12.5 ppg in 599 games and played for 6 different franchises.

Reggie Johnson is the 5th leading scoring in the history of the University of Tennessee.  He was named one of the 20 greatest players in the program’s history.  He was the 15th overall pick in the 1980 NBA draft by the San Antonio Spurs.  He averaged over 10 points per game for the Spurs over a season and a half, before he was traded to the Cavaliers with Ron Brewer for Mike Mitchell and Roger Phegley.  As was the custom of the 1981-82 season, Johnson was then traded a month and a half later to the Kings for Cliff Robinson.  In his two month stint with the Cavaliers, Johnson played 23 games (starting 22) averaged 9.7 points per game and pulled down 5.4 rebounds per game.  Johnson went on to be traded twice more and play 2 more seasons in the NBA.  His career totals were 305 games played, 8.4 points per game and 4.1 rebounds per game for 5 franchises in 4 seasons.

Brian Skinner was a 6′-9″ power forward out of Baylor who was the 22nd pick of the 1998 NBA draft by the Los Angeles Clippers.  He played three unproductive years for the Clippers at the start of his career.  Then he had a very busy offseason in 2001.  He was traded three times in a four month period in some pretty significant trades.  On draft day, he was traded by the Clippers with draft pick Tyson Chandler to the Bulls for Elton Brand.  A month later, the Bulls then traded Skinner to the Raptors for Charles Oakley.  Then just prior to the beginning of the season, he was part of a three team trade in which he was sent to the Cavaliers along with Ricky Davis.  In that trade, the Heat got Chris Gatling and the Raptors got Don MacLean and some cash.  Skinnner played one season for the Cavaliers as a back-up, playing 17.0 minutes per game and scoring 3.4 points per game.  Over the remaining years of his career he was traded 3 more times, including a 4 team 9 player trade in 2006.  Skinner was on the Bucks earlier this year, but was waived on January 5th, 2011 and is now playing in Italy.

By passing Skinner, Skyenga moves into 3rd place in Cavaliers scoring among players who wore the #8.   The Cavaliers now have until Sunday to catch their breath and get healthy.  Skyenga will surely keep up his movement towards the top of the Cavalier Scoring List, so stay tuned to StepienRules.com for further Skyenga updates!

John Hollinger’s got Skyenga and JJ on his all 2012 break-out team

It’s getting harder and harder to not actually believe that JJ Hickson has in fact turned the corner.  Officially.  Like, turned it for sure to stay and only become better and more consistent from here.  He’s been pretty good lately, and while it remains to be seen how close he’ll end up getting to becoming an All-Star caliber player next season, there’s definitely good reason to be encouraged at the moment.  ESPN’s John Hollinger, for one, expects the progress to continue.

In naming his All-2012 Break-Out Team, Hollinger made note of JJ’s recent development, and he also shouted out our boy Skyenga too.



First what Hollinger said about JJ:

J.J. Hickson, Cavaliers

Probably the most encouraging development in a mostly lost season in Cleveland has been the turnaround by Hickson over the past two months. Early in the year, he was barely playable as a low-efficiency robot in the post and an indifferent rebounder at best. Since New Year’s Day, however, a new, more energetic Hickson has emerged.

He has pulled down more than four offensive boards a game since the start of the year, with salutary effects on his free throw opportunities and shooting percentage. Overall, he’s averaging double-figure rebounds in that stretch. While he’s still likely better off in the long term as a 4, rather than as an undersized 5, he is only 22 and has shown Cleveland’s earlier faith in him was not misplaced.

Then his take on Skyenga…who he also called Skyenga too by the way:

Christian Eyenga, Cavaliers
This is more a subjective call than a stats-based one, but “Skyenga” can fly and needs to only add experience to become, at the very least, a quality defensive player. He didn’t see any game action until January but has taken over the starting small forward role.

While his offensive game is a work in progress, his quickness and elevation defensively put him in stark contrast to most of his teammates. Eyenga’s dunks get the attention right now, but it’s his defensive potential that bodes best for his future.

Agree, agree, and agree on the Skyenga points.  Specifically though, he is right to point out the defensive potential.  In addition to those points made, Skyenga has also shown the desire to go up and challenge the best in the game.  Whether it’s Kobe, Melo, or whoever, it’s just like Eminem says in that one song, he’s not afraid.

The other players named to Hollinger’s break-out list include the following:  Tyler Hansbrough, Pacers; Paul George, Pacers; Chase Budinger, Rockets; Gerald Henderson, Bobcats; Marcus Thornton, Kings; Toney Douglas, Knicks; Austin Daye, Pistons; Rodrigue Beaubois, Mavericks

For the full article up at ESPN, go here.