Nobody was expecting Alonzo Gee to be the replacement for LeBron James, but are the Cleveland Cavaliers right to expect more from him? Gee has shown flashes of brilliance during his Cavaliers’ career, but he has often struggled. The excuse for the last few years has been that he is young and would improve if given the chance, so why is he still struggling in his fourth year in the NBA?
Gee is averaging 3.9 points per game and 2.9 rebounds per game, and he is playing 19.9 minutes per game. With the Cavaliers hoping to make the playoffs in the next season or two, surely they can’t depend on players with such lowly statistics, can they? Although he wouldn’t be expected to pull off a miracle in 20 minutes, he should be able to achieve more.
If Gee was a rookie, it would be easy to let his struggling form slide, but as he has plenty of NBA experience it’s fair to say the Cavaliers expect more from him. The Cavaliers are in desperate need of a player like Gee who can score, but as he isn’t producing the points they need, and they’ve continued to reduce his minutes. If the Cavaliers are to land a top scorer in a trade, the draft or 2014’s free agency, then Gee’s time in Cleveland appears to be coming to an end.
Gee will continue to be a steady NBA player, whether he remains in Cleveland or not, but it’s looking increasingly likely that the Cavaliers and Gee will say goodbye in the foreseeable future, unless he can make a magical improvement in the rest of the 2013-14 season.