Utah Jazz: C.J. Miles' career at a crossroads

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  • Captain L Provo, UT
    Sept. 30, 2010 7:06 p.m.

    I have had to try to defend CJ for several years now and at times it has been hard. I have always seen the potential in CJ and I was pleased with the way he played in the playoffs but he can still play a lot better and I'm not satisfied with how well he is playing.
    DLocke posted this summer that Coach Corbin stated that he felt CJ would end up being a go to type player in the league and I believe he can be. I still worry a little about CJ because he hasn't always played as hard as he should, that will determine how well he plays and if he continues to improve and becomes that go to type player. Talent wise he has it, if he works hard enough he can be that player some of us have seen he has the potential to become.
    I think CJ is much more suited to play the 2 than the 3, so I hope that is where he will get most of his playing time.
    We need AK against the Durrants, Granger, Carmelo, Lebron, type 3's in the league.

  • Jazzman72 Springville, UT
    Sept. 30, 2010 1:04 a.m.

    It's time for CJ to have a breakout year. He looked great offensively in the playoffs. The question is, can he be consistent, and can he improve his rebounding and defense. If he doesn't develop a better all-around game, he'll be out the door like Giracek, Pavlovic, Almond, etc. One dimensional players will only take their teams so far.

  • byronbca Salt Lake City, UT
    Sept. 29, 2010 9:34 p.m.

    20 and 4 would be fantastic but I think 16 and 3 would be more realistic, he averaged 14.4 and 2.8 in the playoffs last year.

    Re CJM

    You make a good point but here's your answer. Dwill said that CJ improved a bunch in the playoffs so the potential is there and I'm hoping that Bell rubs off on him. He has the talent the real question is whether he can finally get motivated to make that next step.

  • Jazz fan ...know it all Rye, CO
    Sept. 29, 2010 9:02 p.m.

    miles,20 points,4 assists? I doubt it

  • forgetyourself Layton, UT
    Sept. 29, 2010 6:51 p.m.

    I think there are too many people dreaming too much about CJ. He is a role player and nothing more he will never be anything more. His head is too huge to realize he has some more growing to do with his game.

  • cjm Layton, UT
    Sept. 29, 2010 5:36 p.m.

    ok my question is if cj miles has mostly proven that he'll shoot first and guard his man second then what makes this season any different than his last 5 he's been here.

  • CJ Miles Dallas, TX
    Sept. 29, 2010 2:40 p.m.

    CJ is a monster. He is the man. CJ will average 20 points a game to go along with 4 assists. He will be a defensive stopper by mid-year. He will be a Kobe stopper by playoff time and the Jazz will be in the NBA finals once again. But this time, they will beat the Heat to win it all!!!

  • byronbca Salt Lake City, UT
    Sept. 29, 2010 12:10 p.m.

    There are two ways to build a better basketball team: externally, like picking up AJ, Bell, and Hayward, and internally, players who are on the team improving themselves.

    For the first time in CJ's career it looks like he took the offseason seriously and really improved himself physically. I think CJ's improvement this year could prove to be just as important to winning as the Jazz's acquisition of Al Jefferson.

    If CJ can get to that next level, be a candidate for the "most improved player award" he could be the difference between the 8th seed and the 2nd. If Fess can take a big step forward too and Al Jefferson is as good as or better than Boozer and the lakers have some injuries I think this team could contend for the # 1 seed.

    Those are a lot of "ifs" but I really feel like this is the best team we've had in a decade.

  • Anonymous Infinity American Fork, UT
    Sept. 29, 2010 9:49 a.m.

    CJ Miles is a decent player for a bottom of the playoff ladder team as the Jazz. I like him. He has matured, but unless the Jazz players fly around the court and double team on defense, they cannot compete with the elite top ten teams in the playoffs. They lose too many regular season games versus inferior teams causing problems when the playoffs start.

    This attitude about coming to fall camp out of playing shape is outrageous and indicative of these prima donnas in the NBA. As Jerry Sloan said on a news blurb..."they are in shape to shake hands, but not in game shape". The coaches are not babysitters.

  • Floyd Johnson Broken Arrow, OK
    Sept. 29, 2010 8:08 a.m.

    Look how long his arms are! Always excited about the Jazz season. More than anything I am thrilled that we now have a complete roster of men that want to play in Utah.

  • B Russ Ephraim, UT
    Sept. 29, 2010 7:26 a.m.

    Barring unforseen injury. I think CJ will have a terriffic year this year. He's got game to go with his recent maturity. Go CJ! Go Jazz!

  • JFFR Salt Lake City, UT
    Sept. 29, 2010 7:21 a.m.

    Everyone is critical of Sloan when he doesn't play rookies. They complain that he isn't "developing them" because he is not giving them minutes. For some reason they forget that players are made in the gym. That the Jazz have invested in these guys and will help them get better. There are a lot of behind the scene things going on.

    CJ Miles is grateful that he was drafted by the Jazz... that says a lot.

    I still believe in CJ :)

  • bgl Santa Monica, CA
    Sept. 29, 2010 6:46 a.m.

    He's turned into a fine wing player in the NBA. But I really feel that this guy has the potential to become an out and out beast. An every night, kick your tail WEAPON. Tell the truth though, and give him credit. If CJ was just coming out of the college ranks, he'd be looked at as the next great NBA player. The Jazz have brought him along nicely. To top it off--he is a great kid who really wants to be here and can handle criticism. Mature.

  • toddfromsantaana Santa Ana, CA
    Sept. 28, 2010 11:49 p.m.

    One thing i like a lot this year is with Raja here, it is the first time since Fisher, you have "a coach" on the court.

    Bell would likely make a great coach, who knows, maybe even a Jazz coach down the line.

    With him here and knowing how to play, we have someone that can close gaps to open 3 point shooters. No one has been good at this since Matt left.

    I have criticized CJ in the past for inconsistency and being 3 point happy.

    The playoff performance was to me the highlight of any one of our players in the post season.

    It appears, he finally matured and showed more than just standing outside the line waiting for the ball.

    He could be the answer as a consistent 15-20 ppg off guard, we have not had that since Jeff Malone and Jeff Hornacek