Let's go on a journey to the days when the Indians still boasted Cliff Lee and Victor Martinez and the Browns had yet to play a game under Eric Mangini.
We'll start on July 13, 2009 when Anthony Parker signed as a free agent with the Cleveland Cavaliers at age 34. Cavs General Manager Danny Ferry was not shy in his optimism regarding the addition:
"Anthony will be a solid addition to our roster. He is a very good, intelligent all-around basketball player," Ferry said. "Our coaching staff will especially appreciate the good shooting and solid defense that Anthony brings to our team."
What Ferry failed to realize was that Parker straight up wasn't going to be a piece big enough to catapult the LeBron James led roster all the way to the NBA Finals.
Over the course of his first season with the team in 2009-2010 his best game of the season hands down was an effort at home against Toronto on April 6th in which he scored 18 points to go along with 8 rebounds and 6 assists while shooting 7-12 from the field, 3-6 from deep and 1-1 from the charity stripe.
His second? A 14 point, 2 rebound, 3 assist game in November in Utah. Sheesh. Maybe the playoffs would shine brighter for Parker though, right?
His most productive performance of the postseason saw him scored 12 points, grab a board and dish out 2 assists in Game 4 of the first round against the Chicago Bulls.
During 2010-2011 AP notched a single digit point total in 45 of 72 games, BUT finally notched two games above 20 points bringing his total with the Cavaliers to a whopping two in 153 games.
A hot stretch in December did see the shooting guard notch 10+ points in five consecutive games before Christmas.
In the summer of 2011 Parker was once again a free agent and his return to the Q was uncertain.
Head Coach Byron Scott certainly had some unusual things to say upon Parker's resigning with the Cavaliers on December 12, 2011:
"He's not as vocal as AJ (Antawn Jamison), but he's a little bit like EF Hutton," Scott said, referring to the tag line of an investment firm's commercials in the 1970s and 80s, "When EF Hutton talks, people listen."
"What he does is lead by example, which I think is great," Scott continued. "Not to say the other two don't, because they do. All three of those guys are different in their own ways. Andy just lays it out on the line every single day. He doesn't say a whole lot. Every once in a blue moon Andy will say something, whereas AJ is more vocal on the court and off the court.
Are you like EF Hutton, too?
Anyways, Parker finished his career by starting all 51 games he played in during Kyrie Irving's rookie 2011-2012 season. He ended up scoring less (FEWER!) than 10 points in 40 of the 51 games of the year while notching his best performance as a Cavalier in a 27 point showing in Milwaukee on April 4th.
AP was actually a solid player for the team but just not somebody you want to keep around after three years, especially with Dion Waitiers now ready to take over the Eastern Conference.
During his three years with the Cavaliers Parker earned $7,749,930.