This week at Fear the Sword, we'll be looking back at some of the miscellaneous players who played for the Cleveland Cavaliers during the years LeBron James played for the Miami Heat. Yesterday, Chris wrote about Christian Eyenga. We continue this with C.J. Miles, who played for the Cavs for two seasons between 2012 and 2014.
C.J. Miles was the best shooting guard the Cavaliers had during the time LeBron James was away and was one of the few players who actually fit next to Kyrie Irving. He averaged 10.6 points per game on 42.3 percent from the floor and 38.8 percent from beyond the arc. During his stay with the Cavs, he also set the franchise record for three pointers in a game with 10.
That game, along with his hot shooting, earned him the well deserved nickname "3J" among Cavs fans. Miles was beloved for his likable attitude, his defense, and his ability to stretch the floor.
Unfortunately, Miles did have a bit of trouble staying on the floor during his time in Cleveland, missing 48 games combined during his two years here. But when he was on the court he was a major asset to the team.
Miles left the Cavs to sign with the Indiana Pacers last summer. He averaged a career-high 13.5 points over seventy games for Indiana. Miles will likely be relegated back to a sixth man role with the addition of Monta Ellis and the return of Paul George next season, although there has been talk of George playing at power forward due to the shortage of big men this year for the Pacers. But no matter what his role has been, Miles has shown that he can be a solid role player in the NBA, if not a little under-appreciated.