Found April 22, 2013 on Crossover Chronicles:
J.R. Smith played in 80 games for the New York Knicks this year and never started once. No matter who was injured, Smith came off the bench. Before the season started, Smith told coach Mike Woodson that he should be starting, but Woodson stood firm. The decision paid off. Today J.R. Smith is being rewarded for accepting his role as a non-starter, winning the KIA Sixth Man of the Year award. Smith thrived all season coming off the bench. He still managed to play 33.5 minutes and score 18.1 points per game, good enough for second on the team behind NBA scoring champion Carmelo Anthony. Smith also added 5.3 rebounds and 2.7 assists per game. Smith had to beat out some pretty tough competition for the award. Los Angeles Clippers guard Jamal Crawford, Boston Celtics forward Jeff Green and several others all put in some pretty solid seasons, but in the end Smith was surely the most impressive. The Knicks have put together a great season with two guys who truly LOVE...
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