In just a short amount of time, Max Strus has become a crucial part of the Cleveland Cavaliers.
Fans weren’t sure just what he would bring when he was signed by the team in the summer but they have all warmed up to the idea of Strus being in Cleveland for the foreseeable future.
Tony Pesta broke down all the benefits that Strus brings to the Cavaliers’ offense in a new video.
Calling Strus a “legit on-ball playmaking threat,” Pesta highlighted many of the things the shooter has done.
The team scores nearly 8 more points per 100 possessions when Strus is on the floor, better than Darius Garland and just behind Donovan Mitchell.
Additionally, Strus is sinking more catch-and-shoot three-pointers than anyone in the NBA this season and has nailed 48% on wide-open looks.
The man has become a threat from all over the court against numerous opponents.
Strus has recorded 14.2 points, 5.7 rebounds, and 4 assists so far this season.
He has started in all 18 games of the year and has definitively proven that he is the fifth starter that the team has been missing for so long.
He is a great shooter and works very well with his teammates, reading their intentions and finding great spots to set up his shots.
Pesta’s video shows multiple insistences of Strus moving through the defense, creating space, and sinking difficult shots.
The team has become a much stronger offensive unit because of Strus and his brand of shooting, skills, and speed.
Still, they are the eighth team in the East, which means they have a long way to go.
They finished as the fourth seed in their conference last season and want to get back to the level, or even better.
They are making progress with Strus but they aren’t where they want to be yet.