Cleveland Cavaliers fans may want to watch out for Jeremy Pargo this season, even if they are not exactly sure about who he is right now.
The 6-2 guard out of Gonzaga only has 44 games of NBA experience, but brings a wealth of basketball knowledge and a great deal of energy to the team. He also has a brother who plays in the NBA too, and it’s likely that some Cavs fans may start out the season confused about which Pargo is in the Wine and Gold.
Pargo came to the Cavs in an offseason trade with the Memphis Grizzlies. The Grizzlies received D.J. Kennedy, while the Cavs received Pargo, a 2014 second-round draft pick and cash. During an offseason that was dominated by trade talk involving numerous NBA superstars, it’s an understatement to say that the Kennedy/Pargo trade flew under the radar.
In fact, many fans may not have known that Kennedy was even on the Cavs team last year, as he only played in two games, and many may have thought the Cavs traded for Jannero Pargo.
Jannero Pargo, who is Jeremy’s older brother, has played eight seasons in the NBA, including stints with the Los Angeles Lakers, Chicago Bulls, Toronto Raptors, New Orleans Hornets and Atlanta Hawks. He also spent a season playing overseas and this year is playing for Washington.
Jeremy, meanwhile, played in Israel for two seasons before coming to the NBA, where he played for 44 games for Memphis during the 2011-2012 season. During that season, he started five games and played an average of 9.6 minutes per game during the season.
His career highs include scoring 15 points against Oklahoma City and passing out 7 assists in the same game against the Thunder. That game also marked the most minutes he received all season as he played for 37 minutes.
Cavs fans may not be excited about Pargo by looking at his stat line, but they will enjoy watching him play. He prides himself on energy, athleticism and toughness as well as on how much he talks on the court.
Pargo is known as a player who is constantly talking on defense, and that is something that Head Coach Byron Scott and the Cavs fans should like to see.
This trade already looks like a win for the Cavs since Memphis has waived Kennedy, but it could turn out to be a great deal for Cleveland if Pargo can earn some minutes and bring energy to the floor.