The Cavs will see Isaac Okoro but not Dylan Windler during the Summer League.
The Cavs will be led by Isaac Okoro and Evan Mobley when they take the court for this year’s Summer League. Unlike the Lakers squad, which is stockpiled with names like Mac McClung, the Cavaliers don’t have the same name value among their roster members. Most of the guys on the team are players that everyone knows won’t make it, meaning that the reasons to tune in are to see younger guys already on the team. Guys like Okoro and Mobley. That’s why it shocked some to not see Dylan Windler on the list.
Summer League is generally for rookies or second-year players, G-League affiliate players, and the like. So Windler would technically qualify, as the 2020-2021 season was his official rookie year. Yet, he was left off the roster leading many to think he’s injured again. Thankfully that’s not the case, as he was left off as a precautionary measure as he continues to come back from yet another major injury.
Other names to keep an eye on are Cavs forward Lamar Stevens, Brodic Thomas, Mfiondu Kabengele, and recently signed undrafted free agent Chandler Vaudrin.
Keep an eye on Matt Ryan in the Summer League
The Cavs are in a weird space, looking for help anywhere and everywhere they can. With Windler sitting out due to precautionary measures, and Okoro only expected to play a handful of games, the team is going to really showcase a lot of the other talent they’re bringing with them to Las Vegas. We already know that Mobley will get a lot of work in on the courts, but another name to keep an eye on is former Chattanooga sharpshooter, Matt Ryan.
Ryan never got a shake in college, playing minimal minutes for Notre Dame and then Vanderbilt before ending up playing for Chattanooga for the 2019-2020 season. Ryan led the Chattanooga Mocs (…yup) to a 20-13 record, was their leading scorer, and had them flirting with the possibility of going to the NCAA Tournament. Then Covid-19 hit and any chance of them going was gone.
Still, during Ryan’s time between Notre Dame, Vanderbilt, and Chattanooga, Ryan shot 36% from three, and as a forward, will likely get a lot of opportunities to impress the Cavalier scouts. They need a three-point shooting forward after all. The Cavs have to find talent wherever they can, and that starts with the Summer League. Hopefully, Mobley and Okoro aren’t the only ones who impress.