Former Michigan standout Manny Harris makes the Cleveland Cavaliers roster

Posted: October 13, 2010 by patrickhayes13 in Professional

UPDATE: (Via UM Hoops again) the Akron Beacon Journal reports Harris made the final cut.

Before I started writing for GLH, I had more than one argument with Jared about former Michigan player Manny Harris. I fully believed Manny could become a solid NBA player. Jared, not so much. Jared ended up being right when he said Harris wouldn’t be drafted.

But based on his production the last two games for the Cleveland Cavaliers in the NBA preseason, I wouldn’t close the book on him making a NBA roster this season. From The Cleveland Plain Dealer:

“Manny has a lot of upside,” (Cavs coach Byron) Scott said. “He just turned 21 years old a couple of weeks ago. At 6-4, 6-5 he’s very athletic, a very good defender, hounds the ball pretty well, makes pretty good decisions.”

Harris has averaged 14 points, 4 rebounds, 3 assists and 3 steals per game while shooting 60 percent over his last two preseason games.

He also ended up in a pretty good situation in Cleveland, what with the departure of a certain athletic small forward who just happened to be a two-time MVP leaving a void in the athletic small forward department on the roster. The Cavs are re-tooling their roster post-LeBron and don’t have much to lose by giving a low-cost young player with upside like Harris a roster spot if he continues to play well this preseason. (Hat-tip: UM Hoops).

– Patrick Hayes

  1. Hmmm…hate to say I told you so J, but…

  2. Also worth noting:

    Cavs are on the verge of releasing Danny Green, who was a second round pick two years ago, to possibly clear a roster spot for Harris.

    And Manny should’ve been drafted. He was as talented as several guys who went in the second round last year. Just off the top of my head, he’s better than Landry Fields, Ryan Reid, Jeremy Evans, Dwayne Collins and Darrington Hobson.

    He underachieved at Michigan to some extent, but he’s still talented enough to get an extended NBA look, which it appears he will in Cleveland.

  3. Mike Helms says:

    Well they cut Danny Green, Jared Field was wrong Manny is an NBA player…..

    • Jared Field says:

      I didn’t say Manny could never make an NBA roster; I said he would not get drafted. He didn’t get drafted. He secured the 15th roster spot in Cleveland and now UM fans are getting all lathered up about it.

      • Marcellus Miller says:

        Wouldn’t mind if I were #15 on an NBA squad…

      • I’m not really a UM fan, and I’m not getting all lathered up about anything. What I’ve said all along was that it was a mistake that Manny wasn’t drafted.

        He wasn’t a first round talent or anything like that. He was really inconsistent at Michigan. I think even Michigan fans will admit that.

        But he’s talented, he has upside and he’s better than several guys who went in the second round.

        It’s a major, major accomplishment for a rookie free agent to make a team’s roster out of training camp. If you weren’t so anti-NBA and watched it occasionally, you would know that that rarely happens.

        Manny was a longshot to make the team, and he did what he had to do: went into camp and made it impossible for Cleveland to cut him. He left no doubt that he was better than the three or four other guys vying for that last roster spot. He not only beat out a second rounder from last year in Danny Green, but he also beat out Cedric Jackson, a D-League guy who had the advantage of playing in Cleveland last year.

        Who cares if he wasn’t drafted? He’s in the NBA and he’s been pretty good in the summer league and preseason.

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