Cavs’ Osman makes long-distance connections for Turkey

Cavaliers forward Cedi Osman is averaging 11.4 points in his second season.

One of the guys the Cleveland Cavaliers are counting on to assume a much-larger role this season is Cedi Osman.

The energetic 23-year-old, playing for the Turkish national team Friday against Germany in Hamburg, showed off some of the weapons in his arsenal in a 100-79 victory.

According to Eurohoops, the 6-foot-8, 210-pound Osman scored 20 points in 24 minutes in the second of two semifinals of the preparation tourney for the VTB Supercup.

In a game that also featured Philadelphia 76er Furkan Korkmaz (23 points, 6 3-pointers in 24 minutes in 29 minutes) and Milwaukee Buck Ersan Ilyasova (17 points, 8 boards, 6 dimes) as teammates, Osman nailed four from deep. 

Most impressively, all four of Osman’s long-distance buckets came off the dribble — including an impressive step-back triple — an aspect of his game he did not have an opportunity to flash during his rookie season with the Cavaliers, when he averaged 3.9 points, 20.0 rebounds and 0.7 assists in only 11.0 minutes per game.

The contest also featured Oklahoma City point guard Dennis Schroder running the show for Germany and he responded, posting hame-highs in both points (32) and assists (14) in a losing cause in 30 minutes.

The final score is not indicative of the competitiveness of the game as Turkey held only a two-point advantage after three quarters, 70-68, but outscored Germany in the fourth quarter, 30-11, to blow the contest wide open and win going away.

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  1. Good to see Cedi performing well, hope it continues and hope he is given a far bigger role in the team this season. Was far under rated and under played last season.

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