Player preview: C.J. Miles
Why did I pick C.J. Miles before those remaining?
Because the only other option was Carrick Felix. He may be useful in the future, but I doubt he'll make a big impact this season. Also, C.J. had quite a good season last year.
What does C.J. Miles bring to the team this year?
Three. Point. Shooting. This will be C.J.'s main function again this season.
Here's an interesting statistic: In his last 4 seasons in Utah, 35.6% of his FGA were 3-pointers. Last year, it was 53.4%. Despite the increased volume, his 3P% increased from 33.0% his last 4 years in Utah to 38.4% last year. After a short adjustment period at the beginning of the season, C.J. really benefited from playing next to guards that could create for him.
So, for good measure, this year we'll be throwing Jarrett Jack into the mix along with Kyrie & Dion. This should result in even more open looks for C.J., which we know he can drain.
What else can we expect from C.J.? Not much, really. He isn't exactly deficient in any particular area, but he just doesn't stand out in any other way. He'll pull down 2 or 3 boards in his 20 minutes, along with an assist, a turnover, a couple fouls and maybe a steal. Nonetheless, his main skill is a very important one, and it complements our assortment of combo-guards perfectly. We don't really want him doing much else on offense other than taking 3-pointers. The fact that he realizes this makes him an asset, providing quality minutes off the bench each night.
What is C.J. Miles' long-term potential with the Cavaliers?
In all likelihood, not much. This is the final year of his contract, and I'd be surprised if he returns. Sergey Karasev can fill the role of 3-pt specialist in the future while bringing a more well-rounded skill set to the table. That said, you can never have too much shooting, and I wouldn't be opposed to bringing him back on a reasonable contract.