The Hawks scored 4.0 points per 100 possessions more with Cavanaugh on the court (non-garbage time) with significantly better offensive rebounding and turnover percentages. In addition to his shooting, Cavanaugh contributed to offensive success with a very low turnover rate, a good offensive rebounding percentage and a solid assist percentage.
Budenholzer often credited Cavanaugh with helping the Hawks defensively with his strength, toughness and hustle. Cavanaugh didn’t produce many blocks or steals and, overall, the Hawks allowed 1.4 points per 100 possessions more with Cavanaugh on the court. But one of the team’s most effective defensive lineups included Cavanaugh at power forward alongside center John Collins.