November 24, 2015. The Indiana Pacers and Washington Wizards produced a thrilling 123-106 result. Anyone who watched it on the local television remembers Paul George’s 40 points. We remember the Pacers draining a franchise-record 19 threes. But who remembers the massive box score of C.J. Miles? The 6’6″ wing put up 32 points on the night, draining eight threes out of nine attempts, leading to a +27 plus/minus. In only thirty minutes.
In fact, Miles has done this quite often since joining the league as a wide-eyed 18 year old. Since joining Indiana from the Cleveland Cavaliers in 2014, now 30 year old C.J. has averaged over 10 points per game despite only playing half the minutes of regular starters. He’s no slouch from behind the arc, only dipping below a .320 average once since 2006-07. But Miles wasn’t getting enough playing time in Indiana, and he needed a change. Especially for a player as good as the 6’6″ wing.
Enter the Toronto Raptors. The Eastern Conference finalists allowed Patrick Patterson and P.J. Tucker to walk away in free agency. They nabbed a player who posted a higher points-per-possession ratio than noted flamethrower Steph Curry on the NBA’s 137th highest contract. Who’s that, you ask?
Have fun in Toronto, C.J. Miles!