Cavs claim Jon Leuer off waivers

July 20th, 2012 by Kevin Hetrick

In a move significant only to me, the Cavs snagged Jon Leuer off the waiver wire. Leuer is a guy that I ranked 24th in the 2011 draft class and advocated for Cleveland to draft at #32 last year.  As one of three rookies last year to rate above average in PER, win shares per forty-eight minutes, and adjusted plus-minus…I ranked him as the eighth most effective rookie of 2011 – 2012.

Jon Leuer does work and probably dominates his draft mate

I recall liking him as a hard working, deceptively skilled, passably rebounding, solid shooting big guy.  Not sure exactly where he fits in Cleveland’s crowded front court; but I would not be shocked to see him emerge as the Cavs fourth big man next year.  His shooting should provide a capable pick-and-pop partner with Kyrie or Dion Waiters and a Leuer – Varejao front court could pair nicely opposite the Zeller – Thompson duo.