Just because the NBA dream is delayed doesn't make it any less sweet.
D.J. Kennedy, the glue of the 2008-2011 Red Storm teams, has been signed by the Cleveland Cavaliers for the rest of the season. His season with the NBA Developmental League's Erie Bayhawks ended in a first-round knockout at the hands of the Austin Toros, but Kennedy was a swiss army knife for the team. Kennedy averaged 14.3 points, 9.7 rebounds and 5.3 assists in 42.0 minutes in the playoffs.
On the season, Kennedy averaged 15.7 ppg/ 7.3 rpg/ 4.4 apg on the season, 44.7% on field goals, 37.8% from the three, 81.6% on 206 free throw attempts.
Kennedy will wear the number 12, and with the Cavaliers at 21-41, he is likely to see time on the court.
Kennedy returned from a knee injury in the 2011 Big East Tournament to make a D-League roster and earn a starting spot. Before the injury, he was on NBA radars as a second-round pick. We discussed why after last season:
D.J. Kennedy comes up in John Hollinger's [pre- 2011 NBA Draft] draft player rater at number 55... draft analysts have always loved D.J. Kennedy's combination of athleticism and size. He's not the greatest athlete, the burliest player, or the tallest, but he can play the guard position with enough strength and athleticism to get by.
Kennedy has been a very good open jump shooter from the perimeter. He draws fouls and plays a smart floor game, passing decently from his position. His man-to-man defense has been solid, and by basic defensive stats - steals, blocks, and defensive rebounds - Kennedy makes a hard-nosed impact.
Good luck to the "Hitman", and if you have a chance to watch him on Monday against the Spurs, let us know how he does. (We'll be checking with the Cleveland Cavaliers site Fear The Sword as well.)