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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 said he was "absolutely" frustrated when he learned he lost his spot in the starting lineup to Dwyane Wade.
"Was working hard all summer and then coming in and not even really having a chance to earn my spot, but it's alright," Smith said. "It is what it is." The Cavs now have a ton of depth at the two-spot, which is far from ideal for Smith in terms of fantasy hoops. The 32-year-old connected on a career-low 34.6 percent of his shot attempts last season to go with meager averages of 8.6 points and 2.3 triples per contest, so he's not going to be someone worth targeting in 12-team leagues. Oct 11 - 10:08 AM

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Tyronn Lue said that J.R. Smith will come off the bench behind Dwyane Wade this season.

Smith will now be competing with Kyle Korver and Iman Shumpert for minutes in the second unit, so this move to the bench isn't great for his fantasy outlook. He was only able to produce 15th round value in 9-cat leagues last season despite receiving 29.0 minutes per contest, and it'll be tough for him to match last seasons numbers with the improved depth at the two-spot in Cleveland. At this point, he's essentially nothing more than a 3-point specialist in really deep leagues.
Oct 9 - 3:17 PM

J.R. Smith said that he doesn't care whether he starts or comes off the bench this season.

With Dwyane Wade now in Cleveland, the Cavs starting shooting guard job is up for grabs. "I'll come off the bench. I'm not going to sit here and get into a blank-measuring contest with Dwyane Wade," said the always colorful J.R. "I'm not going to win that. I'm going to continue to work hard for our team and however they choose to do it, that's who it's going to be." The Cavs remarkable depth at SG hurts the fantasy value of all involved.
Source: ESPN.com
Sep 29 - 9:22 AM

J.R. Smith found the range offensively on Wednesday, scoring 16 points on 5-of-10 field goals, with all of his attempts coming from downtown.

There was some speculation that Smith would be benched in favor of Iman Shumpert tonight, but coach Tyronn Lue stayed the course and nearly came away with a crucial victory. Smith had just one field goal in the first two games of the Finals, so his five makes tonight were a welcome sight. Shumpert finished with just two points and one assist in 12 minutes, meanwhile, so Smith's role should be safe for Game 4 on Friday.
Jun 8 - 12:20 AM

Coach Tyronn Lue said that J.R. Smith will remain in the starting lineup for Game 3 vs. the Warriors on Wednesday.

Smith has been mostly invisible over the first two games of the Finals. He has tallied a total of just three points, two rebounds and zero assists in 42 minutes. As a result, rumors surfaced that Iman Shumpert might replace Smith as the team' starting shooting guard in Game 3. However, coach Lue has decided to stick with Smith as a starter for at least one more contest. If J.R. isn't aggressive and effective on both sides of the ball, Shump and Kyle Korver will see increased minutes at Smith's expense.
Source: NBA.com
Jun 6 - 12:55 PM

J.R. Smith could be benched in favor of Iman Shumpert in Game 3 of the Finals on Wednesday.

The Cavs encouraged Smith to be more aggressive after scoring three points in Game 1, but he was even worse in Game 2 with zero points on 0-of-2 shooting. Smith also isn't getting the job done on the defensive end and coach Tyronn Lue said defense will be the team's focus as they prepare for Game 3, so it seems likely that Shumpert will get the nod on Wednesday. If anything, maybe this will be a wakeup call for Smith.
Source: ESPN
Jun 5 - 10:21 AM

J.R. Smith finished the Cavs' Game 2 loss on Sunday with zero points on two shot attempts, adding two rebounds and one turnover with four fouls in 14 minutes.

Smith came into the Finals with a postseason usage rate of 9.7 percent, well below his regular-season average of 15.1 percent, and the Cavs have encouraged him to be more aggressive. "He's an assassin," Tyronn Lue said before the game. "Go out there and shoot. We need him." Iman Shumpert's defense and Kyle Korver's offense both took precedence tonight, and it's shaping up to be a dismal Finals for Smith.
Jun 4 - 11:22 PM

The Cavaliers want J.R. Smith to be more aggressive and to shoot it more in Game 2.

"He's an assassin," Cavs coach Tyronn Lue said. "We're reminding him of that. Go out there and shoot. We need him to." Smith had just three points on 1-of-4 shooting in 28 minutes in Game 1, and while he usually steps up on the defensive end during the playoffs, he was poor on that end as well. Smith has only scored in double digits twice in 14 playoff games, a surprise for a player who claims his personal motto is, "When in doubt, shoot." Look for the Cavs to get him going early with so much focus on LeBron James and Kyrie Irving.
Source: ESPN
Jun 4 - 12:58 PM

J.R. Smith scored three points with two turnovers in 28 minutes against the Warriors on Thursday.

He actually scored the first points of the game and he did have some offense go through him, but Smith's defense didn't help him today. The Cavs bench was not very good for this one and coach Ty Lue continues to shake things up with his rotation, so maybe he goes back to a more starter-heavy rotation for Game 2.
Jun 1 - 11:44 PM

Kyrie Irving, J.R. Smith, LeBron James, Kevin Love and Tristan Thompson will start Game 1 against the Warriors on Thursday.

No surprises here as coach Ty Lue goes with his group he's counted on all year. The Cavs have been leaning on their second unit more than expected, but they may have to lean more on Smith for his defense in this game.
Jun 1 - 8:33 PM

J.R. Smith said locking in on defense is the "first order of business" against the Warriors.

"[It] doesn't matter if I score zero or 50," Smith said. Due to Kyle Korver playing well, Smith's minutes have taken a hit in the postseason. Considering how strong the Warriors offense is, coach Ty Lue may not be able to get away with playing Korver bigger minutes. After playing just 26.2 minutes per game in the first three rounds, Smith could get minutes in the 30s during the NBA Finals.
May 31 - 6:35 PM

Cavaliers coach Tyronn Lue praised J.R. Smith for his defensive effort against DeMar DeRozan in Game 2 on Wednesday.

"J.R. definitely made himself into a two-way player," Lue said. "We said it all last year, said it in the offseason, and because of injuries, he didn't get much of a rhythm for the regular season. But I feel like he's back in form where he left off last year in the postseason." Prior to Smith checking out for good in the fourth quarter, DeRozan had just one point and was 0-of-9 from the field. Smith's two jobs are to defend the opposing team's best perimeter player and to space the floor, but he doesn't have much fantasy appeal and is averaging 6.5 points, 2.0 boards and 1.8 triples through six playoff games.
Source: ESPN
May 4 - 9:43 AM

J.R. Smith (right thumb) made 2-of-4 shots with both of his makes coming from downtown on Wednesday, scoring six points with three rebounds, two steals, one assist and one block.

Smith did his damage in 31 minutes and showed no ill effects after tweaking his surgically-repaired thumb in Game 1. The Cavs made their first eight 3-point attempts tonight and they shot 54.7 percent from the team, including a pristine 18-of-33 from deep. Smith is one of many perimeter threats, but low usage makes him a dubious DFS target in the postseason.
May 3 - 10:02 PM

J.R. Smith (thumb) was a full participant during Wednesday morning's shootaround.

Smith tweaked his surgically repaired right thumb in Monday's Game 1 win over the Raptors, but he's not even being listed on the injury report for Game 2, so he should be just fine for tonight's game. We'll have official confirmation on his status closer to tip-off.

RotoGrinders.com Daily Slant: Although he could return to a full workload tonight, he isn't a very strong target. With most of the shots going to the big three, Smith has produced just 0.37 FD ppm this postseason and his usage rate has fallen 4.6% to 10.8%. Of course, he is capable of scoring plenty when he gets hot, but he's only scored more than six points once in the 2017 playoffs - his big games will be few and far between.
May 3 - 11:15 AM

J.R. Smith tweaked his surgically repaired right thumb in Game 1 vs. the Raptors on Monday.

Coach Tyronn Lue said after the game that Smith would undergo X-rays, but Cavaliers reporter Joe Vardon refuted Lue's comments. Smith is expected to be "fine," but this is certainly something to keep an eye on going forward. He finished with six points, two rebounds, one assist and two triples in 22 minutes. For now, consider him probable for Game 2.
May 1 - 10:04 PM

Depth Charts

All Positions
PosRoleName
PG1Isaiah Thomas
2Derrick Rose
3Jose Calderon
SG1Dwyane Wade
2J.R. Smith
3Kyle Korver
4Iman Shumpert
SF1LeBron James
2Cedi Osman
PF1Jae Crowder
2Jeff Green
C1Kevin Love
2Tristan Thompson
3Channing Frye
4Ante Zizic