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Ohio’s Ties to Remaining NBA Playoff Teams

Portland’s CJ McCollum is one of many players remaining in the playoffs with ties to Ohio.

Photo courtesy of the Portland Trailblazers

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.

Toronto Raptors

  • 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.

Milwaukee Bucks

  • 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.

Portland Trailblazers

  • 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.

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