The Cleveland Cavaliers were one of the more active teams in the NBA this summer in terms of free agency signings. They were able to pick up two big name players in Andrew Bynum and Jarrett Jack, both of whom figure to be key parts of this team. However, the Cavs’ signing of role player forward Earl Clark may actually have more consequence than the two bigger-named guys.
In signing Clark, a player who had a lot of good moments last season with the Los Angeles Lakers, the Cavaliers were hoping to address a problem area for them last season, namely inconsistent production from the small forward position. Though Clark hasn’t been the picture of consistency over his career, him paired with Alonzo Gee seemed to present some stability at the position for this season, on paper at least.
To start the year, Gee has been pretty solid, but Clark has been a wreck with his new team. In the seven games that he’s played, he’s averaging just 4.4 points, 3.6 rebounds and 0.9 steals in 16.6 minutes per game while shooting only 31.7 percent from the field and a mere 20 percent from long-range.
Clark’s offense, though not incredibly dynamic, has been much more efficient over his career than it has been this season. To say the least, Clark has been more of a detriment to any consistency at the position for the Cavs than a provider of any type of consistency. Cleveland has shown a lot of problems to start this season that should work themselves out, but if they want to make the playoffs, they better hope that Clark’s poor performance turns around with a bit of haste.