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No. 9: Richard Jefferson, SF
2015-16 Per-Game Stats: 5.6 points, 1.5 rebounds, 39.5 3P%, 18.5 minutes, 9.4 PER
Primarily a long-range specialist who can play either forward position, Jefferson has carved out a role in Lue's rotation after a brief absence.
"I put Richard Jefferson back in the lineup because I think he takes a lot of pressure off LeBron," Lue told B/R. "I don’t want to play LeBron too many minutes. Getting him back in and playing at the 3, playing at the 4, I think will help us because he is a big body. It takes a lot of pressure off LeBron, so I’m going to keep doing that."
No. 8: Timofey Mozgov, C
2015-16 Per-Game Stats: 6.3 points, 4.2 rebounds, 0.7 blocks, 17.5 minutes, 14.2 PER
While Lue has yet to verbally commit to Thompson as his full-time starting center, Mozgov's move to the bench appears to be permanent.
It was somewhat surprising that Cleveland kept the unrestricted free-agent-to-be, given that he'll likely bolt this summer in search of a bigger role and pay day. For now, Mozgov remains the team's best rim protector who could made a huge difference down the stretch if he regains his confidence and abilities from last season.
No. 7: Iman Shumpert, G/F
2015-16 Per-Game Stats: 6.2 points, 3.3 rebounds, 1.0 steals, 24.1 minutes, 8.3 PER
Despite his poor offensive stats and slip in individual defense from last season, Shumpert continues to make the Cavaliers a better team when he's on the floor.
Cleveland surrenders 3.5 fewer points per 100 possessions with Shump in the game, as his constant activity playing passing lanes and anticipating his opponent's moves are an art form to behold.
If he can improve his outside shot (32.2 percent from three), Shumpert could become one of the NBA's best three-and-D wings.
No. 6: J.R. Smith, SG
2015-16 Per-Game Stats: 12.9 points, 2.9 rebounds, 40.2 3P%, 30.5 minutes, 12.9 PER
Smith has been Cleveland's best scoring option outside of the Big Three and is second on the team behind Matthew Dellavedova in three-point accuracy.
Not traditionally thought of as a standout defender, Smith has displayed great focus and energy on that end of the floor this season. He's second behind LeBron James in steals (1.13), and has held opponents below their shooting averages from both the three-point line and outside of 15 feet, per NBA.com.