Cleveland Cavaliers recall Samardo Samuels
After two impressive displays for the Canton Charge in the NBA Development League, Jamaica basketball star Samardo Samuels was recalled by NBA side Cleveland Cavaliers on Monday.
The 23-year-old averaged 20.5 points, 10.5 rebounds in 37.5 minutes in two games with the Charge, and was brought back by the Cavs to help alleviate the void on its front line.
It is the second time Samuels has been recalled under such circumstances, this after he was sent to the Erie BayHawks, the Cavs affiliate in the NBA D-League in 2010, and was recalled again after a couple outstanding performances.
However, before being assigned to Canton, Samuels played 18 games for the Cavs, averaging 3.2 points and 1.6 rebounds in 10.9 minutes per game, although he made only one start.
But the Cavs have struggled this season, and are just 3-10 at home in Cleveland, and have the second-worst record in the Eastern Conference at 7-25.
Yesterday they were up against the Sacramento Kings, who have managed just a single road victory all season.
However, Cleveland are coming off a 103-100 loss to the Nets in Brooklyn on Saturday and they will be hoping Samuels can bring some of his good form from the D-League and help improve their wretched NBA season.
The 6' 9" power forward, who went undrafted from Lousiville University in 2010, has defied the odds to reach the NBA.
He first played for the Chicago Bulls in the 2010 NBA Summer League, where he averaged 12.6 points and 7.4 rebounds.
On August 17, 2010, he signed a three-year, $2.3-million contract with the Cleveland Cavaliers, with a portion of the deal guaranteed.
He made his NBA debut against the Toronto Raptors on October 29 and scored seven points.
On March 2, 2011, he made his first career start against the San Antonio Spurs in place of the injured Antawn Jamison and scored a career-high 23 points, while pulling down 10 rebounds.