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2019-20 Preseason Profile: Cedi Osman

Third-Year Forward Looks to Build Off International Experience
by Joe Gabriele
Cavs.com Beat Writer

2019-20 Preseason Profile:
Cedi Osman

Third-Year Forward Looks to Build Off International Experience


It’s hard to argue against Pascal Siakam winning the league’s 2019 Most Improved Player award – having gone from G-League call-up to one of the key components of Toronto’s title-winning squad – upping his scoring average from 7.3 ppg the previous year to 16.9 ppg last season.

Sacramento’s De’Aaron Fox and Brooklyn’s D’Angelo Russell finished 2-3, respectively.

These votes make complete sense. Paul George, Derrick Rose and Giannis Antetokounmpo receiving votes, while the Cavaliers Cedi Osman received none – in this writer’s opinion – does not.

But today’s profile isn’t a reflection on some misinformed voters or Cleveland getting jobbed. It’s about a major leap the young Cedi took from his rookie to sophomore campaign – tripling his scoring average in his first full season as a starter.

Osman was the first pick of the second round by Minnesota in 2015 – four selections after the Lakers nabbed Larry Nance Jr. – but immediately dealt to the Wine & Gold (along with a pair of second rounders) in exchange for point guard Tyus Jones.

The 6-8 forward averaged just over 11 minutes per game as a rookie, seeing limited action behind a guy named LeBron James. But he did manage to start 12 games mid-season and get Playoff and Finals experience that spring.

Osman has also gotten added experience playing for the Turkish national squad – including this year’s FIBA Basketball World Cup this summer and the European Qualifiers a year ago. In this year’s international tournament, Cedi was outstanding – averaging 20.4 ppg, including a 15-point performance against Team USA and a 32-point outburst against New Zealand.

The key for Osman now is to continue his upward trajectory. He won’t triple his output like he did from Year 1 to Year 2, but if he’s able to be more consistent and get stronger physically, perhaps he’ll be the one holding the league’s Most Improved Player hardware when the 2019-20 season wraps up.


Cedi Osman looks to parlay his strong summer performance with Turkey into a strong third season in the Association.
Photo: Lintao Zhang/NBAE/Getty Images


LOOKING BACK -- Among NBA payers who attempted at least 150 field goals, only two saw a bigger jump than Cedi Osman.

Overall, the 24-year-old Osman finished with averages of 13.0 ppg, 4.7 rpg and 2.6 apg in just over 32 minutes per. He tallied double-figures in 52 games, topping the 20-point plateau on 13 occasions while tallying three double-doubles.

Consistency was an issue for Cedi. He came out of the gate quick, posting a 17-point, 10-rebound double-double in the opener in Toronto and followed that up with a 22-point effort in Minnesota. He then proceeded to go 10-for-37 over his next three outings.

By the same token, Cedi showed glimpses of why he’s a strong part of the Cavaliers’ core moving forward – specifically a 29-point outing over the stingy Heat one game after posting a previous career-high 25 against the Celtics in Boston.

The young Macedonian – who once starred in his own Head and Shoulders commercial – was also the Wine & Gold’s sole representative at this past year’s All-Star Weekend in Charlotte as a member of the World Team in the Rising Stars Challenge.

Osman proceeded to finish the season strong – tallying double-figures in five of Cleveland’s final six contests – averaging 13.8 points per over the final week-and-a-half of the year.


BY THE NUMBERS: 24.3 … points per game that Osman averaged over a four-game stretch in late-January, notching at least 25 points in three of those contests, shooting 55 percent from the floor and 48 percent from long-range over that span.

In Cedi’s 13 games of 20-plus points, he shot 56 percent from the floor and 57 percent from beyond the arc.


LOOKING AHEAD -- Osman came to Training Camp last season brimming with confidence after a strong run in the FIBA European Qualifiers. After a strong regular season with Cleveland last year and an even better international performance this year, he should show up ready to get busy next Monday.

The Cavaliers took a pair of guards with a couple of their first round selections, but rookie Dylan Windler was impressive in Summer League and, as a four-year college player, could earn plenty of minutes behind Osman as a rookie.

A little friendly competition might be good for both players.


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May 16, 2021  |  04:08

JA Flies Through the Air for the One-Handed Dunk

Jarrett Allen runs down a wide open lane, takes the feed from Cedi Osman, and flies in for a powerful one-handed jam against the Nets.
May 16, 2021  |  00:14

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May 14, 2021  |  04:31

Cedi Lobs Pass Upstairs to Sexton

Cedi Osman finds Collin Sexton on the break in the fourth, as Sexton catches and lays it in while hanging in mid-air.
May 14, 2021  |  00:19

Varejao Scores an And-One Lay-Up

Anderson Varejao gets a step on his defender inside the paint and Cedi Osman finds him, as Varejao gets fouled while scoring a lay-up to earn a trip to the line.
May 14, 2021  |  00:18

Cavs at Mavericks Postgame: Cedi Osman

Cavaliers forward Cedi Osman spoke with the media following Friday's loss to the Dallas Mavericks at the American Airlines Center.
May 7, 2021  |  06:50

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May 7, 2021  |  03:04

Feat. Highlight: Osman's Circus Shot

Cedi Osman drives in from midcourt, spins in the paint, and puts up a shot that somehow goes in as he falls to the hardwood.
May 7, 2021  |  00:17

Cedi's Spinning Lay-Up

Cedi Osman spins around his defender in the lane and lays it up and in to get the scoring started in Dallas.
May 7, 2021  |  00:07

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May 5, 2021  |  03:24

Cedi Connects on Fall Away Three

Cedi Osman stays hot tonight, firing and hitting on a three pointer while falling away from the hoop.
May 5, 2021  |  00:11

Cavs Jump Out to 5-0 Lead Early

An early three from Cedi and a put-back tip-in from Jarrett Allen get the Cavs out to an early 5-0 lead against Portland.
May 5, 2021  |  00:21

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May 4, 2021  |  04:09

Cedi Hits a Reverse Lay-Up

Cedi Osman drives on his defender, elevates, and goes up-and-under for a sweet reverse lay-up.
May 4, 2021  |  00:19

Feat. Highlight: Osman Assists on Allen Dunk

Cedi Osman drives to the hoop and drops a pass off to a waiting Jarrett Allen who catches and dunks with one hand along the baseline.
May 4, 2021  |  00:20

Cavs vs Heat Postgame: Cedi Osman

Cavaliers forward Cedi Osman spoke with the media following Saturday's loss to the Miami Heat at Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse.
May 1, 2021  |  06:34

Cavs vs Wizards Postgame: Cedi Osman

Cavaliers forward Cedi Osman spoke with the media following Friday's loss to the Washington Wizards at Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse.
Apr 30, 2021  |  06:09

Kabengele Throws the Hammer Down Through Contact

Mfiondu Kabengele cuts to the basket, takes the bounce pass from Cedi Osman, and throws down a powerful jam through contact for the three-point play.
Apr 30, 2021  |  00:17

Cavs vs Magic Postgame: Cedi Osman

Cavaliers forward Cedi Osman spoke with the media following Wednesday's loss to the Orlando Magic at Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse.
Apr 28, 2021  |  08:02

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Apr 26, 2021  |  03:35

Feat. Highlight: Steal Leads to Easy Dunk

Cedi Osman steals a pass on defense and passes ahead to Darius Garland who has an easy two-handed dunk on the fast break.
Apr 26, 2021  |  00:28

Cavs at Wizards: Cedi Osman

Cavaliers forward Cedi Osman spoke with the media following Sunday’s loss to the Washington Wizards at Capital One Arena.
Apr 25, 2021  |  10:06

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Apr 25, 2021  |  04:13

Osman Steals and Scores

Cedi Osman gets the steal on defense, goes the length of the floor, and dunks with one hand late in the second quarter.
Apr 25, 2021  |  00:16

Feat. Highlight: Cedi Dunks it on the Break

Darius Garland gives a pass to Cedi Osman on the fast break and Osman does the rest, rising up for a strong one-handed jam.
Apr 25, 2021  |  00:21

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Apr 14, 2021  |  03:55

Cavs vs Pelicans Postgame: Cedi Osman

Cavaliers forward Cedi Osman spoke with the media following Sunday's loss to the New Orleans Pelicans at Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse.
Apr 11, 2021  |  08:21

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Apr 11, 2021  |  04:29

Hartenstein with a Pair of Dunks

Isaiah Hartenstein grabs the offensive rebound and dunks it home with two hands. On a following possession, Cedi Osman drives and sends a nice dish to Hartenstein who slams it home.
Apr 11, 2021  |  00:20
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