On Friday, the Cleveland Cavaliers trimmed down their roster to 15 players with just a few days remaining before the beginning of the 2013-2014 NBA regular season. The Cavs waived DeSagana Diop, Kenny Kadji, Jermaine Taylor and Elliot Williams on Friday, per a release from NBA.com.
Obviously the move was, more or less, to get the Cavs’ roster down to the maximum number of players allowed by the NBA for a regular season roster, but one of the interesting things to look at is what it means for the guys who made the final roster. Specifically, the roster cuts make the future of 23-year-old center Henry Sims look a little brighter.
Sims played four years of college ball at Georgetown before not being selected in the 2012 NBA Draft. He appeared in Summer League for a couple of teams and spent the preseason with the New York Knicks before ultimately being waived and settling into the D-League. He bounced all around basketball last season, playing in the D-League, having a brief run with the New Orleans Pelicans (Hornets) and playing in the Philippines.
Looking ahead to the regular season with the Cavs as he seems to have made the final roster, Sims has a great opportunity ahead of him. With Andrew Bynum still recovering from his knee injury and Tyler Zeller still not yet cleared for play after having an emergency appendectomy approximately two weeks ago, there are minutes to be had off of the bench at center in the Cavs’ rotation, a niche that Sims could presumably fill to start the year.
At 6’10” and nearly 250 pounds, Sims certainly has good size, but he also has a relatively good feel for a young player. He’s not an offensive juggernaut, but he has a good feel with the ball around the basket, He’s also able to use his size and length to be a decent rebounder. Defensively he’s still a bit unproven, as most young big men tend to be, but there’s time to work with that.
Sims has the opportunity to pave his path into the NBA at the start of this season with Cleveland. He’ll have chances to see the floor and play alongside a ton of talented young players. If he plans to have a career in this league, playing well early in the regular season for the Cavaliers would be a great way to get that started.