It speaks volumes about Toronto’s three-point shooting in the past decade that when DeMar DeRozan goes deep into the archives when he is asked which Raptors teammate he has played with has had as quick and efficient a release as C.J. Miles.

“Peja Stojakovic,” DeRozan said.

Stojakovic, certainly one of the best three-point shooters of his era, played a grand total of two games in a Toronto uniform back in the 2010-11 season, hardly a memorable tenure.

“It’s the truth, though,” DeRozan said. “(Miles does) it with no effort, especially when he’s wide open.”

Miles does bring a component of a lightning-quick release and a willingness to shoot whenever he’s got the smallest of openings. It’s something that the Raptors desperately need.

Head coach Dwane Casey trotted out a handful of big-name shooters when he was talking about Miles, his release and players the coach has been around.

“He’s right at the top,” Casey said. “Ray Allen, Hersey Hawkins, Dale Ellis, he ranks right there at the top of those guys, as far as pure shooters.

“Dirk Nowitzki’s not really a quick release, Stojakovic takes a little time to wind up, but (Miles is) right at the top as far as the best shooters I’ve been around.”

Miles shot 43.8 per cent from three-point range for Toronto in five pre-season games, and punctuated the exhibition season by making six in 11 attempts in a win in Chicago.

“C.J.’s definitely one of the shooters in the league that you have to specially scout for if he’s not on your team,” DeRozan said.
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it's similar to klay's...
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why do i have the feeling CJ Miles will be another SF we sign in free Agency that can't produce for us ?

Hedo, Carroll, and co... and now maybe CJ ?
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I dunno, CJ's shooting is as streaky as they come, plus he just came back after missing 2 games from dental work.  No need to worry, he'll pick it up again.
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CJ is doing exactly what we pay him to do, i'm completely fine with how he's been playing when hes playing, sometimes inconsistent but he's a shooter. best shooter we've had off the bench in a while
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Miles is asked to be a scorer off the bench while Carroll was asked to be a starter and a LBJ stopper. Miles' contract is also half of what Carroll received. As such, they're hardly the same.

What will be interesting to watch is his playing time as the season progresses. The team is deep, really deep, and the club cannot continue to roll out 11-man rotations.
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Why cant the Raps draw more plays for him? Can he not curl off screens like Korver? Move around to get the defense moving. I think his conditioning is a little suspect and it affects his effectiveness on court. He's been reduced to a corner spot up shooter which is very stale.
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7shikamaru7 wrote:
Why cant the Raps draw more plays for him? Can he not curl off screens like Korver? Move around to get the defense moving. I think his conditioning is a little suspect and it affects his effectiveness on court. He's been reduced to a corner spot up shooter which is very stale.

Uhm, the Raptors do...CJ seldom takes corner 3's....actually, I wished he shot more from the corners as his percentage is 59% compared to 34% from the top - where the majority of his 3pt shot attempts come from.

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Here's just a small bit from a good longish read.


“You can start to look around thinking that guys don’t trust you because you might not be doing your job. I’m a team guy and I want to be able make the shots I’m supposed to make — not for any accolades, but because that’s what I’m supposed to do. That’s what I’m here for. I understand that I’m a piece to a bigger puzzle.”

It’s a mindset shared among many if not all of his teammates. Miles says it’s that like-mindedness that made him comfortable committing to the Raptors organization — he inked a three-year contract extension upon his arrival — and a not-so-secret formula to the team’s franchise-best performance this season.

He knew that the Raptors were committed to winning and had a roster made up of parts willing to combine to make an effective machine. But, like the rest of the NBA, he didn’t realize how good his teammates were.

When asked which Raptor surprised him the most upon first playing with his new team last summer he doesn’t hesitate: “Everybody in the second unit.”

Before coming to Toronto, he knew a little bit about the group he’d join to form the Raptors’ vaunted “Bench Mob.”

He knew of Fred VanVleet from his famed NCAA Tournament run with Wichita State two years ago. He knew less about Jakob Poeltl, and only knew of Delon Wright because of his connections back in Utah, who would phone Miles raving about the Utes’ point guard. He knew that Pascal Siakam could run and jump, but that was about it.

But it didn’t take long to realize that the bench group was special, and Miles says before the pre-season had wrapped he knew that they had the potential to take over games once they began to count.

His on-court role among the second unit was obvious – shoot the ball – but in those early days Miles’ impact came in other ways.

“I tried to pass along the confidence I had — not that they weren’t confident, but they weren’t really exuding it, but I wanted us all to carry that. I would tell them, ‘we’re the best bench in the league. Understand that.’ The biggest thing for us was believing it.

“When you see us right before tip-off and before we check into a game we say to each other, ‘best in the league.’ We carry that. We sit there watching the game, watching what our opponents are giving up, and then when it’s our turn we go in there and pick them apart.”

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