Cedi Osman
26-Year-Old ForwardF
2020 Fantasy Outlook
Osman started every game he played in 2019-20, though his place as a permanent fixture in the starting five didn't translate to big fantasy value. Osman averaged 11.0 points, 3.6 rebounds, 2.4 assists and 1.9 triples, shooting respectably from three (38.3 percent) but failing to maintain that same efficiency from the floor (43.7) and from the charity stripe (67.0). The Turkish forward saw his playing time and numbers decline across most statistical categories in his third season, likely due to the addition of rookies Kevin Porter and Darius Garland. Osman is considered the team's starting forward entering the 2020-21 season, though Kevin Porter played well in his debut campaign and should push Osman for minutes (and his starting job). The Cavaliers also selected forward Isaac Okoro with the fifth overall pick in the 2020 Draft. Osman should remain on the fantasy radar in deep drafts, but there's no reason to consider him in a standard league. Read Past Outlooks
$Signed a four-year, $31.12 million contract extension with the Cavaliers in October of 2019.
Personal Bio

Cedi Osman was born in 1995 in Ohrid, Macedonia. He has an older brother, Dzaner, who played professionally in Europe for six seasons. Osman started with Turkish club Anadolu Efes in 2007 as a youth member and eventually signed a pro contract with them in 2012. Osman has represented Turkey in several events, including winning gold at the 2013 FIBA U-18 European Championship and the 2014 FIBA U-20 European Championship. He was taken by the Timberwolves in the second round of the 2015 Draft but stayed in Europe until 2017 when he reached a deal with the Cavaliers, who had acquired his rights on draft night. You can follow him on Twitter and Instagram (@cediosman).

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Osman's basketball journey began in Turkey as a six-year-old. He played for KK Bosna's youth squads for six seasons. When he was 12 years old, he moved to Anadolu Efes, where he played for the club's junior teams. He was on loan to Perteveniyal for two seasons. He moved to the senior team in 2013-14. Osman started as a reserve but moved his way up the depth chart. In 2015-16, the 6-foot-8 forward averaged 7.9 points and 3.1 rebounds in 23 games. He became a starter the following season and provided 7.1 points and 2.8 rebounds in 35 games. Osman also represented Turkey in international competition. In the 2012 Albert Schweitzer Tournament, he helped his team win the bronze medal and was named Most Talented Player. Osman also helped Turkey win gold medals in the 2013 FIBA Europe Under-18 Championship and 2014 FIBA Europe Under-20 Championship. He made himself available for the 2015 NBA Draft and was selected by the Cleveland Cavaliers with the 31st overall pick.

Sees sporadic minutes
FCleveland Cavaliers
April 16, 2021
Osman is averaging 15.6 minutes, 5.6 points, 2.2 assists, 1.6 rebounds and 0.4 blocks during five games in April.
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In the last 10 games, Osman has played 20-plus minutes twice, but he's also recorded five DNPs. Osman has struggled without any consistent playing time, shooting an abysmal 11.1 percent from three in April. It doesn't help that Dean Wade has stepped up, averaging 31.2 minutes during the aforementioned time frame, seemingly taking command of the backup forward position with Kevin Love and Jarrett Allen now healthy.
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2019

Osman appeared in all 65 games for the Cavaliers during the coronavirus-shortened 2019-20 regular season, his third season with Cleveland. In October, Osman signed a four-year contract to stay with the Cavs. For the season, he averaged 11.0 points, 3.6 rebounds and 2.4 assists in 29.4 minutes per contest. He shot 43.7 percent from the field and hit career highs in both threes made per game (1.9) and three-point shooting percentage (38.3). Osman set a new single-game career high in rebounds (12) on Nov. 11 against the Nuggets and achieved the feat again Nov. 23 against the Trail Blazers. His other single-game season highs stood at 22 points, seven assists, four steals and one block. He posted two double-doubles. On Jan. 4, the 24-year-old scored a season-high 22 points during a home loss to the Thunder. Arguably his best overall game of the season occurred Jan. 25 against the Bulls. Osman posted 18 points (7-11 FG, 2-4 3Pt, 2-3 FT), six assists, two steals and one rebound in 30 minutes. His longest streak of double-digit scoring was six games from Oct. 28 through Nov. 8. During that six-game stretch, Osman averaged 10.8 points on 9.2 shots, 3.5 rebounds, 2.3 assists and 1.2 steals in 32.2 minutes per contest.

2018

Given all the off-season changes that happened with the Cavaliers before the 2018-19 campaign, it's perhaps not surprising that Osman received a greatly increased role. Osman started 75 of the 76 games he played in during his sophomore season. His minutes also jumped considerably, from 11 minutes per game in 2017-18 to 32 minutes per contest this past season. The 6-foot-8 forward was a notable part of the offense, as he averaged 11.1 field goal and 4.9 three point attempts per contest. While his field goal and three pointer percentages both dropped, his free throw accuracy jumped considerably from 57 to 78 percent. The Macedonian-born forward put up 13.0 points per contest, but also showed a knack for making plays, distributing 2.6 assists per game. On Oct. 19, Osman dished out a career-high eight assists, to go with 22 points, in a home loss to the Timberwolves. On Jan. 25, Osman exploded for career-high 29 points against the Heat. On the season, Osman posted three double-doubles, 13 games with at least 20 points, 27 games with at least six boards, and 10 efforts with at least five assists. Defensively, he racked up 16 games with at least two steals and 10 games with at least one block.

2017

Osman made his NBA debut in the 2017-2018 season after being a second-round pick by Cleveland in 2015 and spending some time overseas. The rookie mostly served as a reserve for the Cavaliers, appearing in 61 games and averaging 11.0 minutes per contest. Osman made his NBA debut on Oct. 20, during a brief appearance in a win at Milwaukee. He finished the season with averages of 3.9 points, 2.0 rebounds, 0.7 assists and 0.4 steals per game. Osman displayed some long-range skills in his bench role, shooting 36.8 percent from 3-point range on 87 attempts. Nearly half of all of his shots came from 3-point range, as Cleveland typically used Osman as a floor-spacer off the bench. However, he was effective when he did operate inside the arc, shooting 58.6 percent on his 2-point attempts. Though he mainly served as a reserve, the 22-year-old did make 12 starts as the Cavaliers dealt with injuries. Osman averaged 9.2 points, 3.5 rebounds and 2.0 assists across 23.4 minutes during those contests. He finished with a season-high 18 points in a start against the Knicks on April 11, a game in which he saw 39 minutes of action.

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Transaction History
  • June 25, 2015
    Drafted by the Minnesota Timberwolves in the 2nd round (31st pick) of the 2015 NBA Draft.
  • July 18, 2017
    Signed a three-year contract with the Cleveland Cavaliers
  • October 26, 2019
    Signed a four-year contract with the Cleveland Cavaliers
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
2019
2018
After averaging just 11.0 minutes in his first season with Cleveland in 2017-18, the former second-round pick logged 32.2 minutes per game in 2018-19. Osman's role grew tremendously in the wake of LeBron James' departure, and he could be in line for a sizeable workload in 2019-20 as the Cavaliers continue the rebuilding process. Osman averaged 13.0 points, 4.7 rebounds, 2.6 assists and 1.7 threes on 42.7 percent from the floor and 34.8 percent from three. He finished with 13 games scoring at least 20 points, including a career-high 29 point outburst on Jan. 25. Osman is a solid all-around shooter who notched 16 games with at least three made three-pointers. The third-year pro from Turkey has likely done enough to earn the starting nod at small forward, but he'll face competition from rookies Dylan Windler and Kevin Porter. With Kevin Love healthy again, Osman's minutes at power forward will be limited. A decrease in minutes wouldn't be surprising given the return of Love and talented rookies on the roster, but Osman will likely maintain his strong role in the rotation.
A second-round pick by the Cavaliers in 2015, Osman finally made the move to the NBA last season after previously playing overseas. He spent the bulk of the year as a deep reserve on the wing behind the likes of J.R. Smith, Kyle Korver and Rodney Hood, averaging just 3.9 points and 2.0 rebounds across 11.0 minutes. He showed a solid three-point stroke at 36.8 percent, but also knocked down only 56.5 percent of his free-throws, which was disappointing overall. Osman did surprisingly log 12 starts when injuries struck the roster and averaged 9.2 points, 3.5 rebounds and 2.0 assists across 23.4 minutes during those contests. He showed at least some potential upside as a scorer in those outings and he'll have a chance to build on that during the upcoming season. With LeBron James leaving for Los Angeles, Osman has a much clearer path to playing time on the wing. The re-signing of Rodney Hood should keep him in a bench role, but Osman is still likely to improve on his numbers quite a bit. Offseason additions David Nwaba and Sam Dekker could also push for time at small forward, so Osman will need to have a strong camp in order to fend those guys off and significantly up his workload. He'll only be someone to monitor in deeper leagues.
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Moves to bench
FCleveland Cavaliers
March 27, 2021
Osman will come off the bench Saturday at Sacramento, Chris Fedor of The Cleveland Plain Dealer reports.
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Starting again Friday
FCleveland Cavaliers
March 26, 2021
Osman is starting Friday's game against the Lakers, Joe Gabriele of the Cavaliers' official site reports.
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Set to start for Sexton
FCleveland Cavaliers
March 24, 2021
Osman will start Wednesday's game against the Bulls in place of Collin Sexton (hamstring), Chris Fedor of Cleveland.com reports.
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Struggles but adds five in loss
FCleveland Cavaliers
March 22, 2021
Osman recorded five points (2-7 FG, 0-2 3Pt, 1-2 FT), three rebounds, one assist and one steal during Monday's loss to the Kings.
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Good to go
FCleveland Cavaliers
March 1, 2021
Osman (back) is available to play Monday against Houston, Angel Gray of Fox Sports Cleveland reports
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