Cavaliers' Henry Sims Will Make NBA D-League Season Debut Against Former Team

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As part of the latest NBA to D-League player assignment, Cavaliers big man Henry Sims will make his minor league season debut against his former team, the Erie BayHawks for the Charge.

Last season, big man Henry Sims led the Erie BayHawks' charge to the D-League postseason. Unfortunately, the team fell short as the young gun ventured off to the Philippines.

Though Erie's playoff bid was unsuccessful, Sims' rookie campaign was anything but. The big man thrived and strived in the NBADL, emerging as one of the minor league's best players at the center position. Already known for being a pestering defender with good instincts and someone who could crash the boards with ease, Sims also went to work by showing flashes of strong potential with regard to his offensive game as well.

The Georgetown product was efficient for the BayHawks on offense all year long, whether it be from muscling his way inside to get good looks, or pulling back to hit the occasional jumper as well. Through 41 contests, Sims averaged 16.4 points (on 50% shooting), 8.7 rebounds, and 1.5 blocks on his way to earning an NBADL All-Star nod and a call-up to the (since turned Pelicans) Hornets midseason.

Since then, the 23 year has been able to cash in on his progress and subsequent success in the D-League and take advantage of an NBA gig with the Cleveland Cavaliers. Having yet to crack the rotation for his new team, Sims will once again hit the minor league hardwood as part of an assignment.

On Thursday, the Cavs announced that they have assigned both Sims and Carrick Felix to the NBADL-affiliated Canton Charge. Both players are, ironically enough, poised to make their season debuts against (Sims' former team) Erie this coming Saturday night.

Able to stand tall as a legitimate "Rookie of the Year" candidate last season, Sims provided the BayHawks with quite a lot of (minor league) star quality. As a team otherwise known for some terrific depth, the big man will instead now provide the Charge with the type of stud they've previously craved in their lineup.

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