J.R. Smith

#5 SG / Cleveland Cavaliers / EXP: 13YRS Height: 6-6 Weight: 225 lb Age: 32 College: No College

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  • Smith contributed 20 points (7-12 FG, 5-7 3Pt, 1-2 FT), one rebound and one steal across 36 minutes during a 124-119 win over the Bucks on Tuesday. Smith's 20 points and five three-pointers made easily marked season highs after what had been a rough start to the season for him. During the first 11 games, he is shooting a miserable 33.3 percent from the field. Smith will likely start shooting the ball a little better, but even during his best games, he does not provide much other than points and three-pointers.

  • Smith (back) will play and start in Tuesday's matchup against the Bulls, Marla Ridenour of the Akron Beacon Journal reports. Smith was held out of the team's morning shootaround because of a sore back, but it appears that it wasn't anything overly serious and he should be good to go Tuesday. Look for Smith to make his first start of the season at shooting guard after the Cavaliers collectively decided that it was more beneficial to bring Dwyane Wade off the bench and insert Smith into the top unit to bring some much-needed outside shooting to space the floor.

  • Smith will move into the starting lineup for Tuesday's game against the Bulls, Dave McMenamin of ESPN reports. In a move that probably should have been made a week earlier, the Cavs will reinsert Smith into the starting five at shooting guard, while Dwyane Wade shifts to the bench. While both Wade and Smith have their deficiencies, Smith is a markedly better three-point shooter and a better defender at this stage in his career. After parting ways with an excellent outside shooter in Kyrie Irving this summer, the Cavs are desperate for floor-spacers in the backcourt, and that's exactly what Smith will bring. The 32-year-old has struggled thus far -- 2-13 3PT -- but he's a career 37.3 percent shooter from deep -- a drastic upgrade over Wade's career mark (28.7% 3PT).

  • Smith will enter the starting lineup for Friday's preseason finale against the Magic, Marla Ridenour of the Akron Beacon Journal reports. LeBron James continues to deal with a sore left ankle, so he'll get the night off on Friday. As a result, coach Tyronn Lue will push Dwyane Wade over to small forward, with Smith entering the top unit at shooting guard. Smith should see a temporary uptick in minutes, though he's already been confirmed to be opening the year in a bench role, so once James is back to full strength, look for Smith to operate as one of the first reserves off the bench.

  • Smith will come off the bench this season with Dwyane Wade officially being named the starting shooting guard, Dave McMenamin of ESPN.com reports. While Smith served as a primary starter through his three seasons in Cleveland, coming off the bench is nothing new for the 32-year-old. Smith made a living coming off the bench during his time in New York and even won the Sixth Man of the Year award with the team in 2013. While Smith heading to the bench limits the floor spacing of the Cavaliers' starting unit, the streaky jump shooter should help bolster the team's bench production for this coming season.

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