The Cleveland Cavaliers were very good last season, perhaps even better than expected defensively and during the regular season.
But their lack of aggressiveness and veteran leadership became more than evident in the playoffs, not to mention how thin they were at most positions.
With that in mind, the front office made a big effort to bring in some veterans who could help the youngsters carry the load, including Georges Niang.
Niang has established himself as one of the prime shooters on the team, and he’s there to do one job and one job only: Knock down shots from beyond the three-point line.
That’s why, when asked about the fact that he took ten three-pointers on thirteen shots in a single game, the veteran forward made it loud and clear that he was there to torch opposing defenses from beyond the arc.
Niang stated that the Cavs signed him to shoot three-pointers, and that’s just what he’s going to do (via Chris Fedor).
#Cavs Georges Niang on taking 10 3s out of his 13 total shots:
"They didn't bring me here to stand around and look cute, I'll tell you that. Big emphasis on shooting, taking and making good 3s and we have done that. Each shot has one life. You make it or miss it."
— Chris Fedor (@ChrisFedor) December 21, 2023
That might sound obvious, but all players know, embrace, and play within their roles; that’s just the way things work in the league.
This Cavs team seems to have sky-high potential, and even though they’re quite undermanned right now, they’re rallying together and have put together some impressive efforts as of late.
Niang might not be able to get that many touches when everybody’s back to full strength, but it’s nice to see that he’s embraced his role and will continue to have a green light to pull up from distance.