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yan Knaus explores Cleveland Cavaliers G/F Isaac Okoro's rest-of-season outlook as he returns from health and safety protocols and if managers should keep him.
RYAN KNAUS: Prior to his recent stint in the league's health and safety protocols, Cavs guard Isaac Okoro was playing some of the best basketball of his brief career. In four games before being sidelined, the 20-year-old averaged 18.5 points on 70% shooting with 2 and 1/2 triples, 3.7 boards, and 0.7 steals.
The scoring is key. Okoro's defense has never been in question, and he's addressing his offensive issues with much improved efficiency from the field and the line. That's led to ridiculous shooting splits in December at 54% field goals, 43% 3-pointers, and 84% free throws. Collin Sexton is done for the season, and the starting shooting-guard job is Okoro's to lose, so opportunity won't be lacking.
He will not sustain the hot shooting I just cited, particularly from downtown, but does seem to have turned a corner with a clear mandate to attack in transition and as a cutter while letting fly on open 3-pointers. The bad news is that Okoro's real-world defense has only generated mediocre steals, and he's a nonentity in blocks. Plus the Cavs' summer-league experiment of using him as a playmaker has all but evaporated in the regular season with assists in scarce supply.
His long-term potential is coming into view for dynasty, but most fantasy managers may want to hold Okoro loosely because when the percentages inevitably fall, Okoro will again be a liability in eight-cat and nine-cat leagues.