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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
Contract: view contract details

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J.R. Smith had five points, two steals, one assist and one block in 35 minutes as a starter on Wednesday, making 2-of-5 field goals and 1-of-2 free throws.
Smith and Kyle Korver slid into the starting lineup tonight, displacing Rodney Hood and Jeff Green, and the move resulted in a critical 100-97 victory. The results were less than stellar if you deployed Smith in DFS, of course, but inconsistency is nothing new for J.R. In 61 starts this season he averaged a modest 8.4 points on 39.3% shooting, 2.9 rebounds, 2.0 assists and 1.0 steals. Apr 18 - 9:57 PM

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J.R. Smith and Kyle Korver will move into the Cavs' starting lineup on Wednesday, replacing Rodney Hood and Jeff Green.

Rodney Hood and Jeff Green head to the bench as a consequence, which isn't a shock since both guys struggled during the Cavs' lopsided Game 1 defeat.
Apr 18 - 6:49 PM

J.R. Smith played through an illness on Friday vs. the Pelicans, scoring eight points (2-of-6 FGs, 2-of-4 FTs) with a pair of rebounds and triples in 20 minutes.

Smith was coming off a nice 19-point effort, but was averaging a mere 8.3 points, 2.9 rebounds, 1.6 assists, 0.8 steals and 1.4 triples on 43.9% shooting in March prior to Friday. That’s not getting the job done for standard-league owners, especially in the fantasy playoffs. Smith should also lose some value when Kyle Korver (personal) rejoins the team and there are less shots to go around with Kevin Love back.
Mar 30 - 10:44 PM

J.R. Smith (illness) will play on Friday vs. the Pelicans.

This is great news for the Cavs with Kyle Korver (personal) still away from the team. Smith is coming off a strong 19-point game with five rebounds, three assists, three steals and one 3-pointer in 31 minutes, but he's a hit-or-miss fantasy option -- he scored a combined six points in his previous two.
Mar 30 - 6:49 PM

J.R. Smith (illness) is questionable for Friday's game vs. New Orleans.

Smith is coming off one of his better games of the season. In Wednesday's win over the Hornets, he tallied 19 points (on 8-of-9 shooting), five rebounds, three assists, three steals and one 3-pointer in 31 minutes. Kyle Korver (foot) has also been ruled out of Friday's contest. If Smith is unable to play, Jordan Clarkson and Rodney Hood would see an uptick in playing time.
Mar 30 - 11:23 AM

J.R. Smith was great during Wednesday's road win, scoring 19 points on 8-of-9 shooting with five rebounds, three assists, three steals and one 3-pointer in 31 minutes.

Smith was really aggressive and scored eight points in the paint before halftime, which is very unusual. His scoring helped Cleveland pick up the win, and he could earn more minutes if Kyle Korver (personal) is out longer, but he's not a reliable fantasy target -- in his previous two games, he averaged 3.0 points without any assists, steals or blocks.
Mar 28 - 10:03 PM

J.R. Smith ended up with just five points off the the bench in 22 minutes Saturday at Chicago.

Smith hit just 1-of-7 from the field, including 1-of-3 from behind the 3-point line, while going 2-of-2 from the free-throw line. He was able to contribute five rebounds, an assist and a steal, but it was an all-around ugly fantasy performance for Smith. He is an ugly 8-of-29 (27.6 percent) from the field over the past four games, and this is why head coach Tyronn Lue is keeping him out of the starting five, even with Rodney Hood (back) and Kyle Korver (personal) sidelined.
Mar 17 - 11:28 PM

J.R. Smith will remain out of the Cavaliers' starting lineup for the foreseeable future.

Kyle Korver made the start with Rodney Hood (back) still sidelined, and head coach Tyronn Lue said Korver will continue to start over Smith until Hood is healthy enough to return. Smith came off the bench Tuesday in Phoenix and scored 15 points in 22 minutes, but most of his production was in garbage time. We'll get a better idea of Smith's role in a closer game, especially if and when Hood returns.
Mar 14 - 12:57 AM

J.R. Smith will come off the bench on Tuesday, being replaced in the starting lineup by Kyle Korver.

We really don't have details on why this move is being made, although Smith hitting just nine of his last 30 shots over four games might have something to do with it.
Mar 13 - 8:45 PM

J.R. Smith returned from a one-game suspension Saturday night against the Nuggets, finishing with 19 points across 35 minutes.

Smith hit 7-of-12 from the field, including 2-of-5 from behind the 3-point line, while also chipping in with two rebounds, two assists, a steal and a blocked shot. It wasn't a 'soup'er outing, but it wasn't bad, either. Hopefully he won't chuck any more chicken tortilla soup cans at assistant coach Damon Jones - or anyone else - and he'll stay in the lineup for his fantasy owners.
Mar 3 - 11:04 PM

J.R. Smith is indeed starting against the Nuggets on Saturday.

He was at practice on Friday after reportedly throwing a chicken tortilla soup at assistant coach Damon Jones. Smith should be looking at minutes in the low 20s in his return.
Mar 3 - 7:23 PM

J.R. Smith earned his one-game suspension from the team Thursday for throwing a bowl of soup at assistant coach Damon Jones, according to Brian Windhorst of ESPN.

You can't make this stuff up, folks. The jokes will continue for the rest of the season and beyond, but Smith won't miss any more time. Coach Ty Lue told reporters on Thursday that Smith will return to practice Friday and start at shooting guard on Saturday when the Cavs host the Nuggets. Rodney Hood will get bumped back to the bench.
Mar 2 - 10:47 AM

J.R. Smith has been suspended by the team for one game for detrimental conduct and he will not play on Thursday against the 76ers.

Coach Ty Lue said "something happened after shootaround today, but Smith will be back at practice on Friday and will start on Saturday. With Smith out of the lineup, Kyle Korver should have more shots on his bobblehead night while basically all of the other perimeter players pickup some extra minutes. Rodney Hood could be a candidate to make his first start as a Cav.
Mar 1 - 6:04 PM

J.R. Smith hit 6-of-10 shots and six 3-pointers for 18 points, six rebounds, three assists and a steal in 31 minutes of Tuesday's 120-112 win over the Thunder.

Smith had 15 points and three 3-pointers in his previous game and appears to enjoy playing with his new teammates. He's averaging 14.4 points, 3.6 rebounds, 0.8 steals and 4.0 3-pointers on 61 percent shooting over his last five, meaning he can be picked up and used in fantasy as long as he's this hot. We've seen Smith go on runs like this throughout his career, but they usually don't last very long. Don't be afraid to jump ship once he cools off.
Feb 13 - 11:14 PM

J.R. Smith scored seven points with two rebounds, three assists, one steal and one 3-pointer in 29 minutes against the Hawks on Friday.

He's actually playing a lot better these days, but now his leash is a lot shorter with Rodney Hood, Jordan Clarkson and George Hill as threats to his minutes. Smith will probably have too many downs to be counted on in 12-team leagues.
Feb 9 - 10:15 PM

Depth Charts

All Positions
PG1George Hill
2Jordan Clarkson
3Jose Calderon
4London Perrantes
SG1J.R. Smith
2Rodney Hood
3Kyle Korver
4Marcus Thornton
5John Holland
SF1LeBron James
2Cedi Osman
3Jeff Green
PF1Kevin Love
2Okaro White
C1Tristan Thompson
2Larry Nance
3Ante Zizic
4Kendrick Perkins