Originally posted on All Sports Everything  |  Last updated 4/23/13
photo via New York Knicks I know I’m a day late, but the flu knocked me out of the game the past few days.  I could barely stand for five seconds without feeling like I stepped in a ring with Muhammad Ali.  But I’m slowly on the mend and couldn’t live with myself if I didn’t at least attempt to channel my low low energy into a blog update paying respect to this year’s NBA Sixth Man of the Year, Earl Joseph Smith III aka J.R. Smith. Yesterday, the NBA formally blew the lid off the second worst kept secret (LeBron winning MVP is the first) and awarded the Knicks guard with the well-deserved award.  The NBA also complied a video of Smith’s Top 10 plays from the regular season in which he averaged 18.1 points, second-best on the team behind Carmelo Anthony, 5.3 rebounds and 2.7 assists in 33.5 minutes per game. He also shot 42.2% from the field and 35.6% on three-pointers.  I’ve posted the video below, but felt it didn’t do Smith justice so I posted another, more diverse reel that better showcases all of Smith’s abilities — acrobatic drives to the basket, ball handling skills, breaking down defenders, ferocious dunks, lighting it up from beyond the three point line and soooo much more heat.     Culling Smith’s top moments to 10 was a difficult task for the NBA, I’m sure.  But after reviewing both videos, I decided my two favorite plays from Smith include the nasty behind-the-back cross-over into a step back jumper over Thabo Sefolosha and one of many Pablo Prigioni to Smith connections.  Specifically, the play that continues to blow my mind came against the 76ers.  After a typical Prigioni steal, the 6ers responded with a double team.  As Prigioni drove to the basket, he dished it off to Smith who trailed so far behind that he wasn’t even visible in the camera frame, yet Smith swooped in, seemingly out of nowhere, and finished the play with a right-handed jam! No matter how many times I see that play, I always react with my best John Starks impression and ask, “did this dude just did this?”  Indeed he did. Indeed he did. Congrats, JR Swish! -@sdotrenee
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45

Dion Lewis signed extension to repay Patriots for giving him chance

Report: South Carolina to start Perry Orth at QB vs. LSU

Mark Giordano: Flames’ effort in opener was 'unacceptable'

LeBron James says he’s in same class as Michael Jordan

Report: Some Texans players have already 'checked out' on coaches

WATCH: Washington scores against USC with trick play


Andre Johnson, Colts down Texans in key division win

Claude Julien: Illegal hit on Patrice Bergeron warrants ‘further consequences’

Foster’s return to game after head injury raises questions

Lions owner Martha Ford is not happy with NFL about blown call on MNF

New details on Duke Williams dismissal

Baylor’s RG3 statue vandalized by TCU fans

Green Bay's deceivingly stingy defense

Name every QB to play in the NFL at the age of 40

Matt Hasselbeck was ‘on his death bed’ before Texans game

WATCH: Jets' Burmistrov lays dirty hit on Bruins' Bergeron

Report: Cowboys ban filming offense in practice with Patriots next on schedule

Maryland HC Randy Edsall responds on Twitter to firing reports

Pacquiao says he is in talks with Mayweather about rematch

Wisconsin looks to bounce back against Nebraska

Jack Del Rio: Raiders will go after Peyton Manning, want to ‘take him down’

Charles Barkley will guest star on 'The NFL Today'

Week 5 NFL power rankings

Poor Royals grounds crew member gets eaten by tarp

Vin Scully to miss the entire postseason; will return in 2016

NBA News
Delivered to your inbox
You'll also receive Yardbarker's daily Top 10, featuring the best sports stories from around the web. Customize your newsletter to get articles on your favorite sports and teams. And the best part? It's free!

By clicking "Sign Me Up", you have read and agreed to the Fox Sports Digital Privacy Policy and Terms of Use. You can opt out at any time. For more information, please see our Privacy Policy.
Get it now!
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45

Name every QB to play in the NFL at the age of 40

Week 5 NFL power rankings

Vin Scully to miss the entire postseason

Putin celebrates birthday by scoring seven goals in hockey game

"Friday Night Lights" writer calls Chip Kelly a fraud

Women in sports this week: Is this 2015 or 1965?

Three reasons each AL team can win the pennant

Garrett addresses Hardy's comments about Gisele

Five outrageous predictions for NFL Week 5

Rex makes players do push-ups in practice after penalty calls

Today's Best Stuff
For Publishers
Company Info
Follow Yardbarker