Cedi Osman

26-Year-Old ForwardF
2021 Fantasy Outlook
Last season was a bit of a step backwards for Osman, whose 25.6 minutes per game were nearly five minutes fewer than the year prior. The 26-year-old was still decent, averaging 10.4 points, 3.4 rebounds and 2.9 assists per game, but his three point percentage dropped from 38.3 percent to just 30.6 percent last season. It was clear that Cleveland preferred the upside in the younger Isaac Okoro over Osman, as the Turkish forward only started 26 games -- almost all of which came when the Cavs were dealing with multiple key injuries. While the Cavs did not add any wings to their arsenal during the offseason, it's still difficult to expect a major year out of Osman. As he enters his fifth season, Osman is clearly behind Okoro in the rotation, and he won't be prioritized over Cleveland's young core. The 6-foot-7 wing will need to find his touch on his three point shot in order to have any hope of being fantasy-relevant in most leagues. 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.

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FCleveland Cavaliers
October 15, 2021
Osman (back) will play Friday against the Pacers, Kelsey Russo of The Athletic reports.
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Osman was initially questionable with a back issue, but he's good to go for the preseason finale. In three preseason games, he's averaged 7.0 points, 1.3 rebounds, 1.0 assists and 1.0 steals in 18.9 minutes.
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Osman appeared in 59 games (26 starts) for the Cavaliers in 2020-21. In 33 games off the bench, he averaged 8.2 points, 3.0 rebounds and 2.0 assists in 20.0 minutes per game. In his 26 starts, he averaged 13.2 points, 4.1 assists, 4.0 rebounds and 1.2 steals in 32.7 minutes. Overall, he shot 37.4 percent from the field, 30.6 percent from three and 80.0 percent from the free-throw line. On May 1 against the Heat, Osman handed out a career-high 11 assists. In that game, he also posted 15 points, seven rebounds and one steal in 38 minutes. It was one of his two double-doubles on the season. The other was Feb. 15 against the Warriors, where Osman recorded 17 points, 10 rebounds, two assists and two steals in 35 minutes. However, Osman's best performance of the season was Jan. 20 in a win over the Nets. In the double-overtime victory, Osman recorded 25 points (9-17 FG, 4-9 3Pt, 3-3 FT), seven rebounds and seven assists with just one turnover across 50 minutes.

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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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.
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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Questionable for Friday
FCleveland Cavaliers
Back
October 15, 2021
Osman (lower back) is listed as questionable for Friday's exhibition contest against the Pacers.
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Plays 14 minutes
FCleveland Cavaliers
October 7, 2021
Osman recorded five points (2-4 FG, 1-2 3Pt, 0-2 FT), one rebound and one assist across 14 minutes Wednesday during a 99-96 preseason win at Atlanta.
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Playing Friday
FCleveland Cavaliers
May 14, 2021
Osman (ankle) will play Friday against the Wizards, Chris Fedor of The Cleveland Plain Dealer reports.
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Questionable Friday
FCleveland Cavaliers
Ankle
May 13, 2021
Osman (ankle) is questionable for Friday's contest against the Wizards.
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Remains out Wednesday
FCleveland Cavaliers
Ankle
May 12, 2021
Osman (ankle) has been ruled out for Wednesday's game against the Celtics, Chris Fedor of The Cleveland Plain Dealer reports.
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