Video: Cedi Osman Speaks on How He’s Fitting in With Cavs as of Late

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On a Cleveland Cavaliers team that’s dominated with veteran players, rookie Cedi Osman wasn’t expected to have much of an impact this season. However, due to injuries and his own effective play, he’s beginning to show why the Cavaliers worked a draft-night deal in 2015 to acquire his rights.

On Saturday night, Osman scored a career-high 10 points in the Cavs’ 109-100 win over the Utah Jazz. He spoke after the game about how he’s fitting in with the squad:

“For me, it’s really amazing being on this team,” Osman said. “We have great players, great coaches, this championship team, and from the first day when we came as new players, LeBron said we have to believe in a championship from the first day, so that’s what I’m doing.”

Osman was then asked about the rarity of a Cavaliers rookie being able to contribute, given the veteran makeup of the roster:

“Yeah, I’m aware and I’m trying to play my best basketball because of that, and I’m aware and I know what’s going on. But the best part is that teammates are trusting me and I’m getting confident by them, so that’s really a good part.”

Asked if the team’s fan base has begun comparing him to the Cavs’ beloved former point guard Matthew Dellavedova, Osman smiled during his response:

“Yeah, I saw a couple tweets about it,” Osman said. “I know that Delly was a really good defender, and as I said, I mean, I’m just trying to be the best defender on this team. I try to bring that energy in trying to stop their best players.”

Osman was the first selection of the second round in 2015 and was taken by the Minnesota Timberwolves. A deal that sent the Cavaliers’ first-round pick that year, Tyus Jones, to the Timberwolves was then worked out. For the next two years, Osman would work on his game by playing professionally in Turkey before he signed a three-year, $8.3 million contract with the Cavaliers last July.

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Brad Sullivan is a lead writer for Cavaliers Nation. He has spent much of life in the Cleveland, Ohio area, and has remained a Cavalier fan from their 1970 beginnings through the return of LeBron James. While that fandom was sorely tested during the Reign of Error known simply by one word, Stepien, that overall historical perspective will be part of his writing for Cavaliers Nation in the months ahead.