The Cleveland Cavaliers have been in a good groove as of late. Although their thirteen-game win streak was snapped last night by the Indiana Pacers, they seem to have gotten things rolling. That said, there are talks of Cleveland giving up Brooklyn’s first round unprotected pick, along with the pairing of Cedi Osman and Tristan Thompson. It seems as though they may already have two Centers on their radar.
Both Marc Gasol and DeAndre Jordan have been involved in trade rumors as of late, so let’s take a look at who the best fit for the Cleveland Cavaliers would be. Gasol and Jordan are very different players. Gasol is averaging 18.9 PPG and his play is based off of a finesse-power combination as opposed to athleticism. Jordan is a high flying Center who can get you second chances from offensive rebounding.
Jordan’s game is very similar to Thompson’s. The only difference is that Jordan is bigger, taller and arguably more athletic. Although some added height below the basket would benefit Cleveland, they wouldn’t be adding much to their offensive game. Gasol on the other hand is 7’1″ and is currently top 10 in blocks per game. Jordan is currently listed as number 31 on that list. Here’s the game changer between the two All-Star Centers; Jordan’s offensive game is essentially only below the basket. On the contrary, Gasol not only has an inside and mid-range game, he can hit the three-ball as well. Gasol is shooting 32.4 percent from three this season, which would stretch the floor immensely for Cleveland.
Ultimately, if the Cavaliers have the opportunity to get Gasol for Brooklyn’s first round unprotected pick and a role player, they should. At this rate, it looks as though the Brooklyn Nets pick won’t even be in the top five, or the top 10. Jordan and Gasol are both quality centers, but in Cleveland’s case, Barcelona’s own is their man.
By: JR DePierro
Stats courtesy of Basketball-Reference.com
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