Former VCU Men's Basketball standout Larry Sanders is back in the NBA after a two-year hiatus, signing with the defending World Champion Cleveland Cavaliers as announced by the team on Monday.
Sanders becomes the fourth former Ram to play in the NBA in 2016-17, joining Troy Daniels (Memphis Grizzlies), Treveon Graham (Charlotte Hornets), and Briante Weber (Charlotte Hornets) in the big show. Originally the 15th overall pick in the 2010 NBA Draft, Sanders had previously played his entire five-year career with the Milwaukee Bucks, last seeing action in the 2014-15 season.
In 2014-15 with Milwaukee, Sanders averaged 7.3 points, 6.1 rebounds, and 1.44 blocks in 21.7 minutes over 27 games. Over his five-year career, Sanders played in 233 games with 113 starts, currently holding career averages of 6.5 points, 5.8 rebounds, and 1.84 blocks in 19.8 minutes per game. His blocks per game currently ranks sixth overall over a career among active players.
Arguably, his best season came in 2012-13 when he ranked second in the NBA in blocks per game with 2.83, while averaging 9.8 points on .506 shooting from the field and 9.5 rebounds in 27.3 minutes during 71 games. Sanders also registered a triple-double that season with 10 points, 12 rebounds and a career-high 10 blocks at Minnesota on Nov. 30, 2012.
Sanders made his mark at VCU over three years, as he is tied for third all-time in double-doubles with Juvonte Reddic with 28, sits fifth all-time in blocked shots, and ranks 33rd all-time in scoring with 1,044 points. He led the Rams in rebounding each of his three seasons in the Black and Gold, and was part of the 2009 CAA Championship squad. During his final year at VCU in 2009-10, Sanders averaged 14.4 points, 9.1 rebounds, and 2.6 blocks per game.