Professional basketball in Ohio was a little rough to watch this season. Let’s just say the Cleveland Cavaliers were not quite a championship level team. So I’ve compiled a list of players still alive in the playoffs who have ties to the state of Ohio to give fans somebody to root for this postseason.
- Danny Green- Danny was a second-round draft pick by the Cavs in 2009. Unfortunately, he was waived in favor of Cleveland legends like Jawad Williams and Joey Graham.
- Patrick McCaw- McCaw had a long illustrious three game career with the Cavaliers. He averaged an astounding 1.7 points per game.
- Kyle Lowry- While he has no real ties to Ohio, his consistent choking allowed the Cavs to cakewalk to the Finals the last four years. Thanks, Kyle.
- George Hill- Hill missed one of the biggest free throws in Cleveland history last year. If you don’t remember what I am talking about, close your eyes and picture J.R. Smith running out the clock in the Finals during a tied game. Hill redeemed himself this year by being traded for fan favorite, Matthew Dellavedova.
- Malcolm Brogdon- Brogdon had his jersey retired by the Cavaliers after a great career with them. Unfortunately, that was the Virginia Cavaliers so he actually has no real connection to Ohio that I know of.
- Giannis Antetokounmpo- Giannis’ brother attended Dayton and his youngest brother just received a scholarship to Ohio University so, on behalf of the state of Ohio, I am going to claim the Greek Freak.
- CJ McCollum- CJ attended Canton GlenOak High School. He has also made it clear that he is a diehard Browns fan.
- Seth Curry- Steph Curry’s more likable brother actually suited up for the Cavs for one game in 2014. In true Curry fashion, he was a perfect one-for-one from three-point range.
- Evan Turner- Turner is an Ohio State basketball legend. He was the Naismith Award winner in 2010 with the Buckeyes.
- Rodney Hood- Hood underwhelmed during his time with Cleveland. He was brought in during the team fire sale last season, but never developed into anything more than a serviceable role player for the Cavs.
Golden State Warriors
- Steph Curry- He was born in Akron, and his team blew a 3-1 lead to give Cleveland their first championship in over 50 years.
- Shaun Livingston- Livingston played with Cleveland one season.
- Andrew Bogut- Bogut spent two minutes in a Cavs uniform before his leg exploded.
There you have it. So when it comes to choosing a team to cheer for this postseason you really can’t go wrong. Unless of course, you choose the Warriors, in which case you are probably either a shameless front runner or an Oakland transplant who moved to Cleveland to avoid earthquakes or the raw sewage that oftentimes floods your baseball/football stadium.