The experts at BBall Index know a lot about basketball and NBA stars.
They know so much, in fact, that they have created their own metric system to judge the skills and impact a player has on the floor, nicknamed “LEBRON.”
According to their system, Sam Merrill of the Cleveland Cavaliers is one of the most impressive off-ball guards in the league.
Merrill sits behind only Bogdan Bogdanovic and ahead of Payton Pritchard, Derrick White, and Mike Conley.
The top 5 off-ball guards in O-LEBRON
1. Bogdan Bogdanovic
2. Sam Merrill
3. Payton Pritchard
4. Derrick White
— BBall Index (@The_BBall_Index) February 10, 2024
Like multiple stars on the Cavaliers’ roster, Merrill is having a breakout season that is gaining a lot of attention from fans and analysts.
He is recording 8.3 points, 1.9 rebounds, and 1.6 assists per game so far this season, nailing 43.8% of his shots from the field and 44% of his three-pointers.
That three-point percentage is one of the most impressive things about Merrill and he is sinking 2.4 a game on 5.5 attempts.
He is ahead of just about everyone else on the team when it comes to his three-point percentage and that has made a huge difference for the Cavaliers.
Some people thought that Merrill would be selected as a contestant for this year’s three-point contest at All-Star Weekend, but Merrill wasn’t invited to the event.
Merrill has only been playing in about 15.9 minutes per game and many fans want that to change.
They would like to see head coach J.B. Bickerstaff rely on Merrill more, especially since he has continually impressed at every chance he has received.
This claim by BBall Index proves that Merrill is one of the many below-the-radar heroes the Cavaliers currently have.