The Olympic Qualifying Tournaments for this Summer in Rio have kicked off, and Canada defeated Turkey 77-69 in their first game of Group A.
That might not seem Fear the Sword-worthy news until you realized that the game was a treasure trove of past, current and hopefully future were featured in this game.
Even though Andrew Wiggins and Dwight Powell, with their very short-lived Cavaliers tenures, won't be playing in this tournament, the game featured current Cavaliers center Tristan Thompson, Cavaliers prospect Cedi Osman and former Cavaliers Anthony Bennett and Semih Erden.
Both teams were missing some key stars, but Canada's athleticism really won the day. Cory Joseph was a terror getting into the paint and led all scorers with 21 points on 8-17 shooting from the field.
This was my first time getting a look at Cedi Osman up close, and, with an obvious caveat for small sample size, it seems like the scouting report fit really well. He finished athletically in transition with a nice coast-to-coast layup here.
Cedi Osman geri dönüş için çabalıyor / 3. çeyreğin bitimine 01:31 Türkiye 43-53 Kanada pic.twitter.com/48WlShNtnz— Basket Dergisi (@basketdergisi) July 5, 2016
He also was able to attack the rim and finish through contact.
That said, he looked really shaky on his jumper, something that the scouting report agrees with. He finished 2-8 for the game, and also seemingly sprained his ankle after landing on a Turkish player's foot going for a rebound.
The Cavaliers on the floor didn't have the best nights. Thompson defended the rim suitably well, but there were quite a few times he ventured outside of his offensive comfort zone against a team with some real length at the rim. That said, he threw down some thunderous jams with neither Omer Asik nor Semih Erden particularly fleet of foot.
He finished just 3-11 from the field for 10 points while grabbing six boards.
Anthony Bennett did a few Anthony Bennett things, including catching this lob from Tristan Thompson(!), which was a nice touch for the former teammates.
Unfortunately, he failed to make much of an impact, scoring four points and snagging three boards in his 17 minutes on the court.
Erden wasn't on the Cavaliers for long, and is definitely getting up there in age. He actually started over current Pelicans center Omer Asik, but the two split time at the position. Erden finished with 8 points, 8 boards and a block.
The Olympic Qualifying Tournament rolls on throughout this week with 3 spots available for 18 countries.