He has been more productive on the defensive end of the floor, being the only player in the league that has averaged at least two blocks and 1.5 steals per game, while holding opponents to 46.7 percent shooting in the paint. That numbers has him as the eighth-best defender in that category among players that have faced at least 200 shots. Overall, he has posted 12 points, 6.9 rebounds, 1.4 assists, 2.4 blocks, and 1.6 steals per game in 29.7 minutes per contest.
Staying on the lower end of the Eastern Conference, the Cleveland Cavaliers also lost some size as Larry Nance Jr. went down with left knee soreness. Nance is expected to miss one to two weeks with the injury, this after sitting out the Cavs' win over the Atlanta Hawks on December 23rd due to the same knee issue, but has played in the four games ever since. He will now undergo some treatment and rehabilitation for the injury. The Cavaliers have struggled under first-year head coach John Belein, going 10-24 so far. In 31 games this season, Nance has averaged 8.0 points and 7.0 rebounds per season.