Alonzo Gee has come a long way in the last few years.
The 6-6 forward has had to continually prove himself in the NBA, but now he is starting every game and is playing well.
Currently in his fourth season in the league, Gee has become a solid contributor for the Cleveland Cavaliers and the team is counting on him to keep improving.
After a four-year college career at Alabama, Gee was not drafted by the NBA so he started his career in the NBA D-League. He proved himself there, and was even named the D-League Rookie of the Year in the 2009-2010 season. He was also named to the D-League Second Team that year. Being named to the D-League Second Team is not exactly something that kids dream about when they are growing up, but it is an honor and it showed that Gee could play.
His success in the D-League and the honors he won opened the door for him to get some playing time in the NBA with the Washington Wizards and San Antonio Spurs before Cleveland signed him as a free agent in December of 2010.
And in his time in Cleveland, Gee has earned more and more minutes through his hard work and solid play.
Gee is currently averaging 9.8 points, 3.4 rebounds and 2.8 assists per night, while playing 29.8 minutes per game, the most of his career. He shooting 39 percent from the field, and is a perfect 13 for 13 from the free throw line.
Last season was Gee’s first full year with one team, and he started 31 of the 63 games he played in for the Cavs. He had a solid, but not spectacular year and seemed to be a good fit for the Wine and Gold.
This season the Cavs are expecting more from Gee. The team is filled with talented young players, and Gee needs to provide leadership and energy. In addition, the Cavs have players like Kyrie Irving and Dion Waiters who are being counted on to put up big numbers, and the team needs Gee to be a strong member of the supporting cast. Gee needs to fill certain roles on offense and defense, contribute on both end of the court, and do whatever he can to make the players around him better.
The Cavs will have to deal with injuries this year, as well as the ups and downs that young teams always face. If Gee can continue to play well, he will keep earning lots of time on the floor and he will be given even more chances to step up and prove himself when the team needs him.
Gee has come a long way in the last four years, and now it will be interesting to see what he does next.