It’s time to focus our attention on what we do have. And somewhere, buried under all of that distaste for our former King, there’s a Cavalier Fanatic that believes this team can still compete this season. I’m not claiming that we have what it takes to win a championship right now because, as optimistic as I am, I don’t even believe that. But the Cavs have some very steady pieces that, if they work together, could finish the regular season in the top eight in the Eastern Conference. (For those of you that don’t follow me, that means they’ll make the playoffs).
So I am going to take the next couple weeks to break down our current team so that, by the end of this series, maybe we can all see just how dangerous this team can be.
Remember: We’re Clevelanders. There is no counting us out!
So without further ado, let’s take a look at #18 Anthony Parker.
Anthony Parker – Guard/Forward (6’6”, 215)
Anthony Parker was, quite possibly, the most underrated player on the Cavaliers’ roster last season. He was brought to Cleveland to knock down open jump shots, play good, hard-nosed defense and provide veteran leadership.
He did all of those things.
Parker wasn’t all the popular among Cavs’ fans last season due to his lack of an impressive scoring average. But, with LeBron James, he got very few shot attempts per game. This season should be much different for the former Maccabi Tel Aviv star.
The six feet-six inch swingman will likely see an increase in scoring production due in large part to the new, up-beat style of play brought to the franchise by new coach Byron Scott. Parker loves to run the floor and has a keen sense for finding an opening in the defense. And, more importantly, he does an excellent job of knocking down open shots after he’s found that seam.
I’m expecting big things out of AP this season. He is one of very few veteran players on the Cleveland roster and will likely take on the team captain role this season. (He was one of two last season. He’ll likely be alone this season). If the team is going to perform as well as I believe they will, Parker will need to turn his game up another notch and be a leader for Coach Scott.
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