Today we focus on someone who may look very familiar to Cavalier fans, and for a reason. Joey Graham's identical-twin brother, Stephen, played thirteen games for the Cavs at the end of the 2005-06 season. Joey Graham, a 6' 7", 225 lb. shooting guard/small forward, came to the Cavaliers in July of this year. He introduced himself with six points, five boards and two assists as a starter in last night's win over Charlotte.
Where Joey came from:
Joey Graham was born in 1982 in Wilmington, Delaware. He played two years of college ball at Central Florida, then sat out the 2003 season as a transfer to Oklahoma State before finishing his college career with the Cowboys. After an outstanding senior season at Oklahoma State, Joey was drafted by the Toronto Raptors with the 16th pick of the 2005 NBA draft.
Where Joey has been:
Graham began his career with Toronto as a starter, but was removed from that role after only five games. He played with the Raptors through the 2008-09 season, playing 275 games for Toronto. In September of 2009 Joey signed a one-year deal with the Denver Nuggets, for whom he appeared in 63 games during the regular season, as well as in four playoff games for the Nuggets. He signed a two-year contract with the Cavaliers at the end of July, 2010.
What Joey has achieved:
Joey's best season came in 2008-09 with Toronto when he averaged 7.7 points per game to go along with 3.7 rebounds per contest. He achieved a career high in points against the Lakers in February of '09 with 24 points, matching that six days later against Minnesota. For his career, Joey has averaged six ppg. Graham has a degree in aviation management from Oklahoma State.
What we can expect to see from Joey in the coming season:
With Graham the litany continues of players who have had limited exposure in the NBA. Graham averages less than 17 minutes a game for his career. But as stated earlier, he started last night against the Bobcats and did a workmanlike job. What will we see of Joey Graham? Unknown at this time, at least from a perspective of several hundred miles away, but as with so many other Cavs, if the minutes are there and he can produce in his time on the floor, he can only help to add to the depth of a squad which needs quality depth to replace so many big pieces.