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For someone who wanted to start, he has made coming off the bench his calling card and now he was rewarded for his hard work. JR Smith won the NBA’s Sixth Man of the Year award Monday after turning a role he didn’t want into one of the strengths of the New York Knicks’ first division championship team in nearly two decades.
Smith averaged 18.1 points in 80 games, all off the bench. He had 29 games in which he scored 20 points as a reserve, tying Crawford for the NBA lead.
The 6-foot-6 swingman wanted to start, but said he accepted it fairly quickly once coach Mike Woodson told him he would be a reserve.
”I just wanted to show everybody that I could be a team guy and it’s all about the team,” Smith said at a news conference attended by his family, teammates and coaches.
It’s the second individual award in two years for the Knicks, following Tyson Chandler’s Defensive Player of the Year honor last season. Smith joins former Knicks sixth-man winners Anthony Mason in 1995 and John Starks in 1997.
”Couldn’t have happened to a better guy,” Woodson said. ”I’m so proud of him, in terms of buying into what we wanted him to do earlier in the season. And it started this summer. I wasn’t going to start him, coming into this year, and I knew that. And he bought in. He didn’t like it, but he bought in. And it couldn’t have happened to a better person, because he put in the time and he worked his butt off to get to this point, and he got rewarded for it. I’m happy for him.”
”I more credit it to winning,” Smith said. ”We’ve had guys hurt, it just so happened I was one of the guys that stepped up and tried to get us through the tough times that we had.”
Teammate Kenyon Martin said the 27-year-olf Smith has ”grown up a lot.”
”I played with him a lot of years in Denver, he was still a kid then. He’s become a grown man,” Martin said. ”I think he’s got better people around him, which is huge, and he’s learning. He’s learning on the fly, that’s all you can do is keep learning each and every year you’re in the league.”
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JR Smith was appropriately awarded the 6th Man of the Year Award today by the NBA. He put together a career season for the New York Knicks and is one of the primary reasons they won the Atlantic Division title and currently hold a 1-0 series lead as a #2 seed in the Eastern Conference. Smith finished averaging 18.1 points per game, 5.3 rebounds per game and 2.7 assists per game...
I hope New York Knicks fans are cherishing every moment they have with J.R. Smith, because there’s a possibility that he won’t return next season.
According to Moke Hamilton of Sheridan Hoops, Smith is expected to opt of his contract following the season.
Smith is coming off of a career year in which he turned in career highs across the board: 18.1 points, 5.3 rebounds and...
BallertainmentJR Smith named KIA Sixth Man of the Year
JR Smith was named NBA Sixth Man of the Year, to no ones surprise.
The 8-year pro played in 80 games and averaged 18 PPG off the bench this past regular season for the New York Knicks.
The Knicks (2nd seed in the East) have not won a playoff series since ’99-00, so this award gives their already favored team an extra boost...
We joke around about JR Smith a lot, because he provides us with a lot of material to work with, but he had a better season than I thought he would with the Knicks.
He didn’t get into any trouble and was for the most part a team player. The Knicks wouldn’t be in the position they are in now without him.
He is still JR, so there will be times that he drives Knicks fans crazy with...
J.R. Smith was on fire at the end of the first quarter, he nailed two clutch jumpers including the long-distance buzzer-beater which you can see in the video. That was great and all but his celebration was the real gem. We have no clue what he was actually doing, but we want more of it. Enjoy it in .GIF format.
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Earl hasn’t changed much over the years.
In High School, Young Earl had a dream and now he is living it out in the NBA. Asking who wants the pipe to any female who happens to engage him in DMs or stars on Love and Hip-Hop.
Can’t hate on that.
Earl is who he is, a gunner who is going to get chicks or die trying.
Thanks to our friend @Shay_Marie for trying down this photo.
Congratulations to New York Knicks sharp shooter J.R. Smith, as he was named the 2013 Kia Sixth Man of the year earlier today. J.R. was looking swell for his big moment, enrobed in chic custom suiting, keeping the hues neutral, as he held his award with pride. Well deserved, J.R. has elevated his game to another level this season, becoming an instant spark off the bench, and the...
Nearing the end of the first quarter of game two of the Celtics/Knicks, New York guard J.R. Smith decided to show off his range and he hit an impressive buzzer beater to conclude the quarter.
The below video shows J.R. getting the ball with less than four seconds to play and then heaving a long-distance three pointer with two Celtics defender draped all over him:
Before the start...
New York Knicks’ J.R. Smith accepted his 2012-13 Sixth Man of the Year award Monday afternoon in New York. Smith beat out Clippers’ Jamal Crawford as the NBA’s best player in a reserve role. In a year that featured many injuries to the Knicks roster, Smith was a constant force and played in 80 of the Knicks 82 games and averaged 18.1 points, 5.3 rebounds and 2.7 assists in...
By Kenneth Teape
In what many expect to be a big award winning season for the Knicks, the first award came rolling in today in the form of Sixth Man of the Year for J.R. Smith. Smith is the third Knick in franchise to win the award, joining John Starks (1996-1997) and Anthony Mason (1994-1995). Smith beat out another former Knick, Clippers guard Jamal Crawford, who finished second...
The New York Knicks JR Smith has been playing some great basketball lately and after winning the NBA’s Sixth Man of the Year award, probably has confidence through the roof. So while playing in Game 2 against the Boston Celtics, watch as Smith calmly gets the inbound pass and comes down and drains a buzzer-beater. [...]
J.R. Smith of the New York Knicks will be honored as the NBA's sixth man of the year instead of the Clippers' Jamal Crawford, according to a number of reports citing league sources.
Early in the season, it was apparent that the Clippers' high-scoring acquisition was the front-runner for the award as he helped the team vault to the top of the NBA standings and eventually...
From the Twitter vaults of golden quotes, Roy Hibbert has emerged as an early favorite for Tweet of the day on Monday morning, saying “I really don’t like @Dlee042 but I really hope he has a speedy recovery. Hate to see guys get get hurt or injured.”
Here’s the Tweet:
I really don’t like @dlee042 but I really hope he has a speedy recovery. Hate to see guys get get hurt...