Cleveland Cavaliers Grading Every Cleveland Cavaliers Player Entering NBA Finals – Bleacher Report

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    10. Richard Jefferson, F

    2016-17 Playoff Stats Per Game: 10.6 minutes, 2.9 points, 1.4 rebounds, 40.0 3P%, minus-1.2

    Jefferson has been a positional matchup for head coach Tyronn Lue, seeing action against the Indiana Pacers and Boston Celtics but left out when facing the Toronto Raptors.

    At 36, Jefferson still flashes athleticism and could play Finals minutes. If Lue shortens the rotation, however, he could be the first to go.

    Grade: C


    9. Channing Frye, F/C

    2016-17 Playoff Stats Per Game: 13.0 minutes, 7.8 points, 1.7 rebounds, 52.6 3P%, minus-0.7

    Like Jefferson, Frye’s playing time has depended on the series. With his fantastic outside shooting, Lue prefers to use Frye against paint-stricken bigs to pull them out to the three line.

    Although one of the NBA’s best floor-spacers, Frye has openly acknowledged his struggles against the Warriors in the past and was limited in his court time during last year’s Finals.

    Grade: B


    8. Iman Shumpert, SG

    2016-17 Playoff Stats Per Game: 17.4 minutes, 4.7 points, 3.1 rebounds, 47.1 3P%, plus-2.7

    A terrible showing after the All-Star break had Shumpert’s playing time in jeopardy, but he’s responded with an excellent role off the bench.

    Cleveland needs all the wing defenders it can get against Golden State, and Shumpert has already warmed up against the likes of Paul George, DeMar DeRozan and Isaiah Thomas this postseason.

    Lue likes to use Shumpert against opposing point guards with his 6’5″ frame, so expect him to see a heavy dose of Stephen Curry very soon.

    Grade: B+


    7. Kyle Korver, SG

    2016-17 Playoff Stats Per Game: 17.7 minutes, 6.4 points, 1.8 rebounds, 41.5 3P%, plus-4.8

    Korver is one of just two non-starters to appear in every playoff game. His outside shooting and activity off screens can drive opposing wings mad.

    Although his near 42.0 percent shooting from deep is quite good, Korver has been forcing a lot of shots recently and could see that success rate climb even higher.

    Korver will be a free agent this offseason, so Cleveland needs to ride its 14-year veteran while it can.

    Grade: B-


    6. Deron Williams, PG

    2016-17 Playoff Stats Per Game: 15.5 minutes, 5.6 points, 2.5 assists, 54.2 FG%, plus-4.5

    While it was LeBron James or Kyrie Irving who handled the ball nearly every possession in the 2016 Finals, Williams brings some welcome relief.

    He’s been everything the Cavaliers hoped he would be this postseason—a high-efficiency scorer who can run the offense and give Cleveland’s Big Three a break.

    Like Korver, this will be Williams’ first trip to the Finals.

    Grade: B+

Cleveland Cavaliers Grading Every Cleveland Cavaliers Player Entering NBA Finals – Bleacher Report

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