Cleveland Cavaliers rookie Dylan Windler was one of the best shooters in college basketball last season. Now, as he prepares for his first NBA season, he’s focused on helping out the Cavs in any way possible.
Windler recently spoke with Forbes’ Evan Dammarell, and he talked about what he expects for himself heading into the 2019-20 regular season.
“I wouldn’t say I feel the pressure yet,” said Windler. “I try not to set too high of expectations for myself since it’s my rookie year. But, I’ll do everything I can every night to get better and do the things I can to contribute to the team.”
The Cavs drafted Windler No. 26 overall in this year’s NBA draft. A wing out of Belmont, Windler has the potential to be part of the Cavs’ young core. The group includes fellow rookies Darius Garland and Kevin Porter Jr., along with Collin Sexton and Cedi Osman.
Windler acknowledged in Dammarell’s piece how he’s been likened to Utah Jazz forward Joe Ingles. Ingles is a savvy passer, and he can handle the ball well at the wing position.
Both players are also good shooters; Ingles has shot a career 40.8% from the three-point line. Windler shot 42.9% from three last season at Belmont, and he shot 40.6% during his four seasons there.
With Windler prepping for the NBA, it should be interesting to see how he meshes with the team’s young guards. Garland, Sexton and Porter are all ball-dominant. Osman is good at moving without the ball, so perhaps Windler could help facilitate in some lineups