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Cleveland Cavaliers’ Top 5 Rim Defenders In 2014-15

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Cleveland Cavaliers' Top 5 Rim Defenders

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Much has been made about the necessity for the Cleveland Cavaliers to have a “rim protector”. Some, like me, say it’s necessary, while others think the Cavs have enough in that department. Let’s take a look at the top five rim protectors on the Cavaliers roster and then you decide whether or not they need to add another one or not.

5. LeBron James

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5. LeBron James

Lebron James
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Opponents made 1.4 field goals on 2.8 attempts for a 51.4 field goal percentage against LeBron James. This ranks him 161st in the NBA at defending the rim.

4. Tristan Thompson

Tristan Thompson
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4. Tristan Thompson

Tristan Thompson
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Opponents made 3.1 shots on 5.2 attempts for a 59.1 field goal percentage against Tristan Thompson. This ranks him 113th in the NBA at defending the rim.

3. Kevin Love

Kevin Love
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3. Kevin Love

Kevin Love
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Opponents made 5.2 shots on 9.1 field goals attempted for a 57.4 field goal percentage against Kevin Love. This ranks him 113th in the NBA at defending the rim.

2. Shawn Marion

Shawn Marion
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2. Shawn Marion

Shawn Marion
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Opponents made 1.9 baskets on 3.6 attempts for 53 percent on baskets made within five feet of the goal against Shawn Marion. This gives him an NBA ranking of 103rd at rim defending.

1. Anderson Varejao

Anderson Varejao
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1. Anderson Varejao

Anderson Varejao
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Opponents made 2.9 field goals attempted within five feet of the rim against Anderson Varejao on 5.3 attempts for a 52.4 field goal percentage. This ranked him 97th in the NBA at defending the rim.

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