As the 2013-2014 NBA Season finally approaches, it’s as good as time as ever to take at look at each player on the Cleveland Cavaliers roster. Up until opening night, the entire RDE staff will breakdown the entire Cavaliers roster. This profile looks at C.J. Miles.
Tale of the Tape:
Name: C.J. Miles
Position: Shooting Guard
School: Skyline High School
Years Experience: 8 years
Years with Cavaliers: 1 year
Weight: 222 pounds
Contract: 2 years, $4,450,000
After a season as a contributor off the bench, Miles may see his play time cut if Kyrie Irving, Dion Waiters, Jarrett Jack, and Sergey Karasev are all healthy. If any of them go down, however, Miles could again find himself as an important piece on a team looking to break through to the playoffs.
Miles is not exceptionally tall, however he has above average height at his position at 6 foot 6. He is taller than Jarrett Jack and Dion Waiters, which means he could add some size at that position, and could potentially play SF if need be. At 222, he is also the heaviest of all the potential SG’s, which could be useful when matching up against a particularly physical guard.
Miles’ biggest strength is his ability to score, and more specifically his shot. As evidenced by the fact that he has a career high of 40 points in a game, he has the ability to provide instant-offense off the bench. He has the ability to shoot very well, although he should look to improve on his 41 percent FG percentage. Even if his role on the team decreases, he should still be able to come off the pine and provide a little offense every game.
As aforementioned, Miles is a good scorer. His 11.2 PPG and 38.4 three-point percentage were the second highest for a season in his career, and at only 26 years old he may still have some room for improvement. He is also very good from the free throw line, shooting 86.9 percent last year. He is not a very good passer or rebounder, so he is a bit one-dimensional
Miles is not a great defender; he does not steal many passes or block many shots. However, he has decent size for his position, so, as aforementioned, he could be useful if matched up with a “bigger” shooting guard. He is not great on the boards.
How does Miles fit in on the Cavaliers?
Because of the drafting of Sergey Karasev and the acquisition of Jarrett Jack, I don’t see Miles factoring into the Cavaliers’ rotation much this year. While he is a good scorer, he is a bit one-dimensional and the Cavs will certainly want to generate as much play time as possible for their developing players (Waiters, Karasev, Irving) and the guys they paid for (Jack). Even so, he could still come off the bench for a few minutes a game and generate some offense.