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No. 9: Iman Shumpert, G/F
2015-16 Stats per Game: 5.9 points, 3.0 rebounds, 1.4 assists, 22.3 minutes, 7.8 PER
Given all of the excitement happening off the court for Shump, he's probably relieved to just be delivering passes instead of babies. With plenty of rust to still shake off stemming from September wrist surgery, Shumpert has struggled in his eight games by shooting just 35.0 percent from the field.
If he continues to progress, however, there's a good chance Blatt will insert Shumpert back into the starting lineup between Irving and James. When close to 100 percent, he's the Cavs' best perimeter defender and an absolute pest to opposing ball-handlers.
No. 8: Timofey Mozgov, C
2015-16 Stats per Game: 6.7 points, 4.2 rebounds, 0.9 blocks, 18.7 minutes, 13.3 PER
Despite being Cleveland's leading shot blocker, Mozgov has been moved to the bench in favor of Thompson.
The 7'1" behemoth just hasn't looked himself all year following offseason knee surgery. Too often, Mozgov is fumbling passes out of bounds, losing 50-50 rebound balls or in poor defensive position. Set to hit unrestricted free agency this summer, this is both a curious and unfortunate time for Mozgov to take a major step back.
No. 7: Mo Williams, G
2015-16 Stats per Game: 11.6 points, 2.6 rebounds, 3.7 assists, 25.3 minutes, 14.4 PER
Depending on how he's been utilized, Williams has either been a nice surprise or a major disappointment.
Filling in as the starting point guard for an injured Irving to begin the season, Williams was great. He put up 14.5 and 4.6 assists and shot 36.7 percent from beyond the arc as a starter. Now moved to a reserve role, he's struggled to the tune of 7.0 points and 2.1 assists while knocking down just 26.7 percent of his three pointers.
In a 101-97 win over the Phoenix Suns on Dec. 28, Williams registered a DNP-coach's decision, a trend that could continue with Irving back.
No. 6: J.R. Smith, SG
2015-16 Stats per Game: 10.7 points, 2.8 rebounds, 36.6 3P%, 30.4 minutes, 9.9 PER
While his shooting numbers are down this season, Smith has actually been a steady force in the Cavaliers backcourt.
His 103 defensive rating, should it stand, would be the second-best mark of Smith's 12-year-career. An improved effort and commitment to both ends of the floor has been a pleasant surprise for someone normally so consumed with the offensive side of things.
This is a pivotal stretch for Smith. Will he return to the catch-and-shoot star between Irving and James from last year, or will Blatt move him to the bench in favor of Shumpert sometime soon?