Alonzo Gee may be the most exciting NBA player that most people have never heard of.
Gee, a 6-6 starting forward for the Cleveland Cavaliers, is in just his third full NBA season and has worked his way into the starting rotation.
Undrafted after a solid four-year college career at Alabama, Gee played in 11 games in the 2009-2010 season with the Washington Wizards. He split time during the 2010-2011 season with the Sacramento Kings, Wizards and the Cavaliers, and then played all of last season in Cleveland.
This year, Gee has started all 20 games the Cavaliers have played and is scoring 12.1 points per game.
Gee is not a great player yet by any stretch of the imagination, but he is an exciting player who can make even the blow-out losses fun.
Against the Minnesota Timberwolves on Friday, for example, Gee threw down a really hard dunk on a layup off of a nice pass from Jeremy Pargo. He can get up high when he goes to the rim, and he is strong enough to dunk the ball hard. He is also great at going to the rim when he sees an opening, and then dunking the ball over the defenders who are coming over to help.
If you don’t know much about Gee, just watch for his dunks on the highlight shows or look him up online. He makes plays like this all the time.
He also had one of the biggest plays of the year so far for the Cavaliers, hitting the game-winning shot against the Atlanta Hawks with a put-back with just 0.4 seconds to play.
That would be a big play for any team, but when you realize that Gee’s shot accounted for 25 percent of the Cavaliers victories so far this season, you see that it was a pretty big highlight.
At 4-14 and with Kyrie Irving and Dion Waiters still out with injuries, Cavaliers fans need something to get excited about. Fans would prefer a few more wins, but highlights plays from Gee at least give them something to cheer about.