Calipari says Liggins can offer Cavs boost

Sam Amico

INDEPENDENCE, Ohio -- DeAndre Liggins has at least one believer when it comes to Liggins' chances of helping the NBA champion Cavaliers.

"DeAndre is an energy player that will do all the little things and can guard multiple positions," Kentucky coach John Calipari told Amico Hoops. "Offensively, he will be able to fit with both LeBron (James) and Kyrie (Irving)."


Calipari coached Liggins at Kentucky from 2008-11. Liggins came off the bench his first two years, started his third, then entered the draft as a junior. The Magic selected him in the second round.

Today, Liggins is 28 years old and in training camp with the Cavs. He's a 6-foot-6 guard/forward and the Cavs seem to really like how he defends the wing positions.

Calipari says that's not all Liggins can do.

"He's a space-the-court shooter and can also play as an attacking player from multiple positions," Calipari said.

The Cavs won't necessarily be turning to Liggins for offense. They won't need to.

Liggins hasn't played much in the NBA. He averaged just 5.9 points on the Cavs' summer league team in Las Vegas. But he did shoot 50 percent from the field.

Last season in the D-League (Sioux Falls), he averaged 13 points and shot 43 percent on 3-pointers.

"Look, at the end of the day the Cavs are going to get a hard worker, a grinder and a player who will do whatever the team needs," Calipari said.

"He's going to accept whatever role they need him to fill, yet he's capable of filling a number of roles. He's worked hard to get back to this spot, and I think he's going to make a positive impact."