The Cleveland Cavaliers picked up Raul Neto more than likely as an insurance policy option in case Ricky Rubio goes down with another injury. He’s not the most dynamic point guard out there, but he can shoot 36% from three, he’s a decent enough passer and doesn’t just throw the ball away.
The problem is that Neto isn’t exactly going to drop 20 and 15 on a team on a given night. He plays within himself and he doesn’t really test defenses all that much. If he were a Major League Pitcher, he’d be someone like Paul Byrd or Jake Westbrook. He’s not flashy but he’s consistent.
Like with Robin Lopez, Neto isn’t going to be brought in to eat up a lot of minutes or play in a lot of games. He’s only twice played in 70 games in a season, and mostly is around the 30-40 game mark, which seems to be what you should expect from him coming into the 2022-2023 season.
The Cavs should hope they don’t need Neto, however, as mentioned before he’s mostly here as an injury replacement. So if you end up seeing a lot of Neto, it’s because guys ahead of him are out for a decent chunk of time.