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D-League Alum Donald Sloan In A Tight Training Camp Battle With The Cavs

Cleveland Cavaliers head coach Byron Scott is waiting until the last second it seems to make his decision on the Cavs backup point guard roster spot, and D-League alum Donald Sloan has a great shot of landing the job.

Jim O'Connor-US PRESSWIRE

Donald Sloan has earned a Call-Up from the D-League to the NBA before. In fact, he earned three last season, and now the 6'3'' 205 pound point guard is hoping to earn a spot on the Cavs roster. It is believed head coach Byron Scott will make his decision on whether or not he will employ Sloan or Jeremy Pargo as the number 2 point guard for his Cleveland squad following their preseason finale. Sloan was a member of the Cavs summer league team and ended last season with Cleveland, his familiarity running things has impressed Scott.

"[Sloan] knows the offense a little better and quite frankly he’s done a better job of running the offense when he’s been in there," Scott said. "Jeremy’s strengths are his communication and toughness and he’s learning how to run the offense."

A majority of Sloan's professional experience comes via the D-League, where he played in 49 games with the Reno Bighorns after getting waived from the Sacramento Kings before the start of the 2010-2011 season. Sloan averaged 10.7 points, 4.4 assists, and 3.4 rebounds for the Bighorns.

Sloan found himself in the D-League once again last season with the Erie BayHawks. Sloan played in just 8 total games, but relished during his time, averaging 22.8 points, 7.4 assists and 5.1 rebounds per game. He earned 'Player of the Week' honors, which he shared with Luke Harangody, who was a member of the Cavs D-League affiliate the Canton Charge. Sloan earned three different Call-Ups last season once to the Atlanta Hawks and his second to the New Orleans Hornets, his final Call-Up landing him with Cleveland.

Obviously Sloan has the skill set and abilities NBA teams are looking for and his rather small sample size in this year's preseason hasn't fully allowed Sloan the ability to show off what he's got to head coach Byron Scott. Sloan will have to improve upon his 7 turnovers and 8 assists showing thus far, if he wishes to beat out Pargo for the spot.

When the Cavs welcome the Indiana Pacers to Quicken Loans Arena Tuesday night a lot will be riding for the former Texas A&M product, if Sloan turns in a solid performance it will likely be the deciding factor on whether or not he will be apart of the Cavs opening night roster, or if he will need to go look for work elsewhere.