The Return of the Cedi Osman

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Is it possible he was just playing too slow? He is thriving in a high pace and the faster they play, the better he is. His size is suddenly useful with a big front line.

He's a killer in transition. It was something I always wondered. Why weren't Cedi and Collin a more natural fit with how fast they play?
 

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Is it possible he was just playing too slow? He is thriving in a high pace and the faster they play, the better he is. His size is suddenly useful with a big front line.

He's a killer in transition. It was something I always wondered. Why weren't Cedi and Collin a more natural fit with how fast they play?
He’s in his right role again. I don’t think it’s about pace as much as it is not having to initiate offense. Now he can focus on the basket, which is what he does well.
 

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Cedi playing better and better. I guess his never ending "anonymous" quotes to various media sources about Sexton being a ball-hog has finally paid off.
 

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It’s apparent that Cedi worked hard on his shot this offseason and it is really paying off so far. His true shooting percentage went from 48.8% last year to 63.3% this year, which is a remarkable turnaround.
 

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Last night his 3-point shot wasn't falling (1-for-6) so he started attacking the rim instead. He ended up with 17 points in 23 minutes. This is the mark of a solid reserve; when his outside shot isn't falling he goes to Plan B and can still get points.

When everybody is healthy we have guys coming off the bench who are not going to score (Stevens, Wade, Okoro). Cedi needs to score off the bench (along with Love, Windler, and Rubio), so it's great to see him being able to score by attacking the rim as well as on 3-point shots. He also has a nice floater that he breaks out from time to time.

He needs to improve his defense and rebounding to become a complete player, IMO.
 

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Looking at how Cedi ranks compared to the other NBA forwards at this early point, his offense has been outstanding. He's in the 90th percentile in points per shot attempt and is average in assists per usage rate and turnovers. He's in the 82nd percentile in points per 2-point attempt and 85th percentile in points per 3-point attempt so he's been effective both inside and out.

He ranks in the 93rd percentile for forwards at shots at the rim, which is amazing since he's not a big leaper or tremendously athletic. But he's hitting 87% at the rim. The last three years he was between 55-59% each year. Is he getting better at finishing or is the trend toward positionless basketball and removing traditional centers making it easier to score at the rim?

However, his block percentage, steal percentage, and offensive and defensive rebounding percentages are all in the 18-26th percentiles. Defense and rebounding are not his specialties.

When Cedi is on the floor the Cavs are giving up a whopping 14.6 points MORE per 100 possessions than when he is out. Offensively they're scoring 7.9 points more when he's in the game. The net is that the Cavs have been 6.8 points worse when he is in the game, and that's the worst number of his career.

When Cedi is on the floor the opponents' shooting percentage, free throw rate, and offensive rebound percentage go up while their turnover percentage goes down.

I don't know how meaningful that number is. If Cedi were starting instead of Markkanen and playing most of his minutes with Garland, Sexton, Allen, and Mobley would his on/off number be positive?

The four worst Cavaliers in terms of on/off differential this season are Cedi (-6.8 points), Markkanen (-7.0), Allen (-10.9) and Sexton (-11.1). The three worst are starters, which is interesting.
 

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Not sure how there's a consensus that we are a complete black hole at the small forward position when Cedi has stepped his game up liker he has. He's developed a very quick release on his outside jumper and when he's seeing it he can be deadly in streaks. He has been more consistent with the outside shot except for one game (was it the Knicks?) where he just couldn't find it.

Cedi has always been a pretty good finisher on breaks and when he attacks the paint but it really seems like he's becoming a master at being able to finish a number of ways through heavy traffic.

Cedi has been working harder on defense like the rest of the squad and he does have the ability to get some blocks on chase-downs and when helping.

He's just developing nicely into a very solid veteran small forward. Not a star but definitely a plus rotation piece. We don't have a black hole at the 3.
 

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Can someone post that step back 3. Cedi again with a solid game he needs some love too you can tell he took it personal in that 4th qtr. let’s gooo

Good post.

Such a strange story arch for Cedi. He went from fan favorite who we all wanted to see more of, almost a cult hero, to thrust into a role that was way too big who we all hated and wanted traded for whatever we could get, and now? he and Rubio are the steadying force and bring so much confidence and energy off the bench. He’s playing his role 100% perfectly this season. I don’t think anyone saw that coming.

If you’re like me, I think you’re waiting for the bottom to fall out, but I am really really enjoying the renaissance of the last Cedi this year.
 

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Cedi played like a real man tonight, and a true vet. He got tough when we needed toughness. He showed a lot of defensive savvy playing passing lanes when we needed stops and turnovers. He knocked down some key shots. He gets a game ball if I were making that call.
 

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Not sure how there's a consensus that we are a complete black hole at the small forward position when Cedi has stepped his game up liker he has. He's developed a very quick release on his outside jumper and when he's seeing it he can be deadly in streaks. He has been more consistent with the outside shot except for one game (was it the Knicks?) where he just couldn't find it.

Cedi has always been a pretty good finisher on breaks and when he attacks the paint but it really seems like he's becoming a master at being able to finish a number of ways through heavy traffic.

Cedi has been working harder on defense like the rest of the squad and he does have the ability to get some blocks on chase-downs and when helping.

He's just developing nicely into a very solid veteran small forward. Not a star but definitely a plus rotation piece. We don't have a black hole at the 3.

I'm not sure the consensus has ever been that we have a black hole at the SF, just no clear-cut starting SF. There was some hope Osman would be that, then he got shitty for awhile. But you're pointing out why we were smart to not give up on him. Like probably everyone else here, my opinion on him has been, um, unstable. But right now he's thriving as a rotational guy and I think he's perfect for a change of pace, smaller lineup like we went to tonight. He's rarely going to score en masse like Sexton could off the bench, but I do think he can be that hustle and dagger guy every team needs.
 

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