With the recent success of shooting guard C.J. Miles off the bench, most recently a 33-point outpouring against the Brooklyn Nets on Saturday, head coach Byron Scott has decided to bench 2012 No. 4 overall pick Dion Waiters in favor of Miles. This is according to many Cavalier sources, including radio play-by-play broadcaster John Michael and Akron Beacon Journal beat reporter Jason Lloyd. The former Memphis Grizzlies guard shot 8-of-10 from three-point range against the Nets, while Waiters shot 2-of-8 from the field and scored five points along with four turnovers.
I’ve mentioned this to other journalists when Miles was starting to get hot off the bench and Waiters was getting trigger-happy at times, but was turned down due to the Cavs investment in Waiters. It doesn’t hurt to put a cold player, who is usually a starter, on the sideline to start the game, especially since he came off the bench in every collegiate contest at Syracuse.
Over the span of the last five games, here is how Waiters’ and Miles’ numbers compare:
-averaging 12.2 points, 3.6 assists, 3.2 rebounds, 1.8 steals and 2.0 turnovers
-shooting 36.2 percent from the field, 26.7 percent from three and 70.0 from the free throw line
-averaging 14.4 points, 0.8 assists, 2.4 rebounds, 0.2 steals and 1.0 turnovers
-shooting 50.0 percent from the field, 55.2 percent from three and 88.9 percent form the free throw line
Check back on Right Down Euclid to see how Miles did in his time as a starter against the Kings on Wednesday.