Luke Harangody was once one of the best players in the Big East. While playing at Notre Dame, Harangody dominated. However, once he reached the NBA, he realized the game was much different. He played in 70 games for the Boston Celtics and Cleveland Cavaliers in his career, but he was cut last November and underwent knee surgery. He is now playing in the D-League, hoping to get back to the NBA.
Fran Blinebury of NBA.com suggests that Harangody's understanding of the game and his hustle may be able to land him a spot on an NBA roster. He also acknowledges that Harangody will have to show consistent production before that happens. The 25-year old forward has been playing in the developmental league for the past two seasons off and on.
Harangody last played for the Cavaliers last season. He got into 21 games and averaged 2.9 points per game and 2.1 rebounds per game. He was released and underwent arthroscopic knee surgery. Harangody has recovered from the knee surgery, but he has not yet found his way back to the NBA. And he knows he still has some work to do.
“I’m working on my outside shot, but that’s really no different than the work I do on the rest of my game,” Harangody said. “I think coaches always know what they’re gonna get from my game. I have to be more consistent at times. What I do out there is what they see — hustle, energy, getting on the glass. Just getting there and mixing it up for the team, doing the dirty work.”The 2010 second round pick has averaged 18.8 points and 13.4 points per game in the D-League this season. Those are the types of numbers that are going to attract attention. He will have to keep it up if he's going to get another shot on an NBA roster.