Fans of the Cleveland Cavaliers who haven’t been watching their G League affiliate, the Cleveland Charge, might want to find a way to tune in to games.
That’s because Cleveland’s promising rookie, Emoni Bates, has repeatedly been very dominant in the G League.
He has had several outstanding games, including on Friday night when he scored 33 points and went 7-of-15 from the three-point line, according to Ballislife.
Emoni Bates is currently torching the G-League. He dropped 33 pts / 7-15 3PT-FG pic.twitter.com/W0mfNIsgUl
— Ballislife.com (@Ballislife) December 2, 2023
His 33 points led the entire game, and it was just the latest incredible showing from the rookie player, who is hoping to return to the Cavaliers’ bench very soon.
The fans online came out to support Bates after his latest game.
Some said the Cavaliers need Bates as soon as possible, especially after their recent tough loss to the Portland Trail Blazers.
Cavs need him especially if they losing to Portland 💀
— Luis (@aircruzer) December 2, 2023
Others predicted great things for Bates: a strong run in the G League and then a spot in Cleveland’s rotation by the end of the season.
G league mvp then rotational player by end of season w rookie year
— 🦁 (@BigDawgRetro) December 2, 2023
Multiple fans pleaded with the Cavaliers to “free” Bates from the G League, while others just showed their impressed admiration of the young up-and-comer.
HE DONT BELONG THERE – FREE HIMMM
— Michael B (@Lilmikyb) December 2, 2023
His got the NBA in his sight
— Ridwan|AKOS (@_Olakunle1) December 2, 2023
The Michigan native was selected in the second round of the NBA draft and then made a name for himself during the Summer League.
Some fans were hoping that head coach J.B. Bickerstaff would give Bates a chance during the regular season and load him up with minutes at the start of the season.
And although he has played a bit with the Cavaliers, he has yet to break through alongside Donovan Mitchell, Darius Garland, and others and has spent more time with the Charge.
The good news is that he has flourished with the G League squad.