1. Garrison Mathews
A young player, with great size, Garrison Mathews is tailormade for this Cavs unit. He’s a big guard, about 6’6, and is a plus-offensive and plus-defensive player during his time with the Wizards. He’s solid from three-point, a career 39% shooter, and could possibly improve with more experience and reps. He’s shown to be a solid perimeter defender on top of everything else and at 25-years-old, probably will get better.
He’s not a flashy pick, he went undrafted for reasons, but the Cavs don’t have a big budget and he’s a guy they can sign for two or three years and not worry about him falling off of a cliff production-wise, unlike someone like Danny Green. He’s shown to be a good defender and in J.B. Bickerstaff’s system, he should excel even more.
He doesn’t create for his teammates, but he’s also not a raging ball-hog, so he shouldn’t be an issue to play alongside. The only real question belongs to the Cavs and that’s how much do you offer him for a multi-year deal?
He showed flashes in his time with the Wizards of being something worth having but has he shown enough for the entire mid-level exception? We’ll see.