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J.R. Smith | Guard/Forward | #5

Team: Cleveland Cavaliers
Age / DOB:  (32) / 9/9/1985
Ht / Wt:  6'6' / 225
College: None
Drafted: 2004 / Rd. 1 (18) / NO
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J.R. Smith scored 17 points with five rebounds, two assists, three steals and four 3-pointers in 34 minutes against the Grizzlies on Saturday.
He's about as hot as he has been all season over his last five, averaging 12.8 points, 3.0 boards, 1.8 assists, 1.4 steals and 2.8 treys in 35.0 minutes per game. He was ice cold before this run, so he could flop in his next game. If you're adding him, make sure you're keeping your expectations low. Dec 2 - 10:27 PM

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J.R. Smith could spend some time away from the Cavaliers following the death of his cousin.

Smith played on Monday vs. Philly and gave it a go again on Tuesday vs. the Heat, scoring 12 points with five rebounds, two assists, one steal and two triples in 42 minutes. The Cavaliers have a game against the Hawks on Thursday and then take on the Grizzlies on Saturday, so we'll be monitoring his status closely for those two contests. If he does step away for a bit, Kyle Korver is the next man up.
Nov 28 - 9:42 PM

J.R. Smith started on Monday and hit 4-of-6 shots and three 3-pointers for 11 points, three boards and an assist.

He missed shootaround after learning of the death of a cousin, but was able to play tonight. The Cavs go again on Tuesday night against the Heat, but Smith has been too unreliable to count on in fantasy for most of the season.
Nov 27 - 9:51 PM

J.R. Smith (personal) will be in the starting lineup for Monday's matchup with the 76ers.

Smith skipped shootaround after learning about the death of one of his cousins, but he'll be in uniform tonight. He finally busted out of his shooting funk on Friday with a 16-point, three-triple performance, and he should be able to keep that trend going with a favorable matchup against Philly.
Nov 27 - 5:43 PM

J.R. Smith missed the morning shootaround after learning about a death in his family, but he's expected to play on Monday vs. Philly.

One of Smith's cousins died on Sunday night and he learned about it right before Cleveland's morning shootaround, so we wish his family all the best. We'll confirm his status closer to tip-off.
Nov 27 - 11:25 AM

J.R. Smith scored 16 points (6-of-13 FGs) with one rebound, one assist, three steals and three 3-pointers in 35 minutes against the Hornets on Friday.

The Cavaliers have won seven straight games and are still six wins behind Boston, but Smith said he hasn't been paying attention to the Celtics. "It’s too early. Too early," Smith said. "We don’t start paying attention until after All-Star break when you see teams spacing out. You start getting your best shot after the All-Star break." As for Smith's fantasy value, he finally broke out of his funk after scoring a combined 11 points in his previous three games, but that's what you're going to get sometimes from one of the streakiest shooters in the NBA.
Nov 24 - 10:49 PM

J.R. Smith finished Saturday's 111-104 win at Dallas with 17 points, three assists, three rebounds and two steals across 38 minutes.

Smith matched LeBron James, going 6-of-14 from the field, and he stepped up from behind the arc with a solid 4-of-9 showing. He has picked up the pace nicely at the offensive end, averaging 16.7 PPG over the past three outings with double-digit point totals in each contest. He struggled mightily with his shot in October and managed to hit double digits in points just twice through the first 10 contests.
Nov 11 - 11:10 PM

J.R. Smith scored 13 points with one rebound, one assist, one steal and three triples in 32 minutes vs. the Rockets on Thursday.

Smith was 5-of-11 from the field and appears to be heating up after dropping a season-high 20 points and five 3-pointers in his previous outing. His minutes are much safer with Derrick Rose (ankle) on the sidelines, and he gets a great matchup vs. Dallas on Saturday. Smith is as streaky as they come, but give him a look if you need 3-pointers.
Nov 9 - 11:24 PM

J.R. Smith scored a season-high 20 points and hit five 3-pointers in Tuesday's win over the Bucks with one rebound and one steal in 37 minutes.

Cleveland's floor spacing has been a disaster with Dwyane Wade and Derrick Rose in town, so Smith getting hot would be huge. He was averaging 5.3 points on 27.5 percent shooting prior to this outburst and only reached 20 points in one game last season, so we'll need to see another big game on Thursday vs. Houston before calling him an add. On a side note, Smith did pass Rashard Lewis for 14th on the NBA's all-time 3-pointers list.
Nov 7 - 10:51 PM

J.R. Smith scored a season-high 11 points vs. New York on Sunday, going 3-of-9 from the field with two 3-pointers, three rebounds, one assist, one steal and one block.

He played 29 minutes without a turnover tonight, but it's saying something when a 3-of-9 shooting line looks good -- he came in averaging 2.5 points in four previous starts, on combined 4-of-27 shooting. Barring a stunning turnaround, J.R. should be avoided outside of the deepest leagues.
Oct 29 - 10:48 PM

J.R. Smith scored three points with two rebounds, two assists, one steal and one 3-pointer in 23 minutes against the Pelicans on Saturday.

Garbage time was a factor, but that makes it two straight games with a dip in playing time. Smith has not scored more than three points in any of his last four games, so he's really in a tough spot -- he's made just 15.4 percent from the field in that span. We'll see him heat up at some point, but there is almost no incentive to wait until he shows us something.
Oct 28 - 9:40 PM

J.R. Smith scored two points with four rebounds, two assists and two steals in 28 minutes against the Nets on Wednesday.

Whether he's rattled from getting bumped to the bench and can't get the confidence back now that he's starting or something else, Smith is in a brutal slump. He's made just 24.4 percent from the field, including just 12.0 percent from deep. He'll heat up again at some point, but he's an easy drop.
Oct 25 - 10:39 PM

J.R. Smith started despite a sore back on Tuesday but hit just 1-of-8 shots (a 3-pointer) for three points, four rebounds, four assists and a steal.

Smith just got moved into the starting unit in place of Dwyane Wade, but it wasn't a dazzling debut. He's been a model of inconsistency over the past couple seasons and while he could get hot at any time and go crazy for a couple weeks, It's hard to see him staying consistent enough to trust for long periods of time. Just keep an eye on him.
Oct 24 - 10:13 PM

J.R. Smith (back) is active and will start Tuesday vs. the Bulls.

Smith was unable to participate in shootaround this morning due to a sore back and his status was uncertain at that point. However, the hope was that it would loosen up during the day and it did just that. This will be the first start of the season for Wade, as it was announced on Monday that Dwyane Wade would be bumped to the bench going forward. Quite interestingly, Smith is joined in the starting lineup by LeBron James, Jae Crowder, Tristan Thompson and Kevin Love. Yes, LeBron is playing PG.
Oct 24 - 5:23 PM

J.R. Smith did not participate in shootaround due to a sore back, but the team is hoping it loosens during the day and that he'll be able to play Tuesday night vs. Chicago.

Smith was supposed to return to the starting lineup on Tuesday, after Coach Ty Lue announced on Monday that Dwyane Wade would be coming off the bench going forward. Interestingly, Joe Vardon of Cleveland.com is reporting that rookie Cedi Osman would start if Smith is unable to suit up. Osman has yet to score a point this season and has played a total of 10 minutes. Even if he does start, Osman wouldn't see extended playing time, as Wade, Kyle Korver and Iman Shumpert would be ready to contribute off the bench.
Oct 24 - 11:27 AM

Depth Charts

All Positions
PosRoleName
PG1Derrick Rose
2Jose Calderon
3Isaiah Thomas
4London Perrantes
SG1J.R. Smith
2Dwyane Wade
3Kyle Korver
4Iman Shumpert
SF1LeBron James
2Jeff Green
3Cedi Osman
PF1Jae Crowder
2Channing Frye
C1Kevin Love
2Tristan Thompson
3Ante Zizic