NBA Roundtable

Cavs Waive Coby Karl

In Free Agency on January 6, 2010 at 8:20 pm

RealGM reports

The Cleveland Cavaliers have waived guard Coby Karl. He appeared in three games and grabbed two rebounds without attempting a field goal in five minutes.

The 6-foot-5 guard signed with the Cavaliers on Sept. 28th, 2009 as a training camp invite and made the opening day roster. The Cavaliers roster now stands at 14 players.

Is this the end of Coby Karl’s NBA career?

  • Three years, two seasons.
  • How many teams? Lakers and the Cavs. Didn’t he latch onto the Nuggets too? Never played in the regular season for them though.
  • A total of 76 minutes in 20 games over the three years.

Coby Karl has more of an all-round game than you usually see at the end of a roster. He’s a serviceable defender, a solid rebounder, a good passer, and a serviceable scorer and shooter. As a result, I’ve always liked him as a third string shooting guard. He’s a nice player in that role.

Unfortunately, it’s that quality, the all-round game, that’s hurting him the most. He’s not a specialist. He gets over-looked for players who offer a more defined skill-set (normally shooting ability or defensive ability). He’s also a fairly established player with little upside. That lack of potential and lack of high end talent in one area are the two main causes why he keeps getting discarded by NBA teams.

I think Europe is the next step for Karl. I think he’ll be very successful there too.

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