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 33.5 minutes off the bench.
Mike Woodson praised his occasionally controversial player, “I couldn’t be more proud of a young man than I am today, because I saw where he started and where he is today and it’s a beautiful thing. J.R., this is your day and you earned every right to receive that trophy.”
Smith thanked his family, teammates – who were in attendance to support Smith, the Knicks organization and finally Coach Woodson even though the two may “bump heads with time to time.”
“I’ve been known as such a selfish player for so long and I jsut wanted to show everybody that I could be a team guy and it’s all abo