Friday, September 9th, 2011 at 8:50 am  |  24 responses

Kicksology: JR Smith

The eccentric Nuggets swingman turns 26 today—here are the best sneakers he’s worn yet.

by Abe Schwadron / @abe_squad

Earl Smith III is one of the League’s most enigmatic players and one of its most eccentric personalities. Since the Hornets made him a first-round pick in 2004 straight out of high school, the Jersey native has averaged 12.5 ppg over seven NBA seasons, mostly as one of the L’s most dangerous sixth men. Smith has also participated in two Slam Dunk contests, and teamed up with Chris “Birdman” Andersen to make his squad the most tatted in pro hoops—in two different cities. Now, he’s rumored to be skipping free agency in favor of the richest contract in Chinese basketball history. The man you know simply as “JR” (despite one brief stint in 2009 when he wanted us to call him Earl again) turns 26 today, so in honor of the notorious Nugget’s birthday and his potential departure from American hoops altogether, we give you a gallery of select kicks from his career to this point. Make no mistake: his sneaks are as schizophrenic as his game. Word to Dan Dickau. Enjoy.

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  • Rik Smits Mullet

    Those three stripe products look like they were designed by a design team with easy access to a vast amount of crystal Meth.

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  • http://www.boogiewilliams.com Boing Dynasty

    “eccentric personalities” – not so much, have you heard this guy interviewed he sounds down right remedial, his game is very entertaining to watch tho – plus i dropped 83 points with him on some dude online in 2K9. So happy born day JR – stay crazy.

  • LA Huey

    That picture with Earl III and Birdman looks so weird. At first, I thought it was seeing them out of Nuggest unis but then I realized its the relative lack of ink.

  • ReallyTho

    He is a eccentric personalty…. Dude is entertaining thats why hes a crowd favorite in Denver and will be anywhere he goes…. Any dude who fills K-Mart’s white on white Range with Buttered popcorn is entertaining in my book…. Just because somebody sounds a certain way and is portrayed a certain way by the media doesnt define who they’re

    But still buttered popcorn in a Range, Cant go wrong there! Crazy but entertaining , and I’m a sucka for Foolishness.

  • fruizm

    #19 are the best!!…also, didnt jr smith and nate robinson got into a fight at MSG?? was that picture after or before the fight??

  • ripslam

    Lol Varsity Red XIIs with a blue/white Nuggets uni…dude is one of a kind.

  • John Frusciante

    Those tats really make him look as dumb as he sounds/is. This guy is a block if there ever was one.

  • Bug

    seven years? damn i’m old. also dan dickau.

  • http://slamonline.com LakeShow

    I second Dan Dickau, I love JR Smith. I’d rather have him than Jason Terry as my 6th man. I remember watching him drain like 10 3 pointers or something a couple years ago.

  • Zack

    Dude I went to college with went to high school with JR. He told us about how they had to help him pass his classes just so he could keep playing basketball. LMAO.

  • http://slamonline.com sljdflasjfdlk

    i still remember my Game Day Lightning. still got em too

  • jinolin

    Pumpkin brains, Kobe talent, a bit unfortunate if you ask me.


    shame what he did to those jordan 11 lows, and im not even a fan of the 11 lows.

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  • robb

    I get depressed every time I watch him play. So much talent but so much conformism. Anyway, happy birthday JR, please work harder and develop your game, you have all the talent in the world.

  • ReallyTho

    @Zack if u sayin u went to college with him ur lying cause he came straight from high school

  • http://www.triplejunearthed.com/dacre Dacre

    dan dickau’s hair was incredible… much like his lack of relevance.

  • Marcel

    Those are Sebastian telfair shoes I think

  • http://www.triplejunearthed.com/dacre Dacre

    Nike Zoom FLIGHT club….? or Fight club….

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  • http://kb24.com Bigi

    Birdman a LOT less inked’

  • Rob Cooper

    Looked best in adidas.

  • jason kimbrough

    JR has always been a bit of an enigma. Crazy hops, even crazier range on the jumper but just a complete knuckle head at times early in his career and unfortunately it followed him. He has grown up some over the years. Showed great maturity on the court after the Melo Trade and almost ended up in a Bulls uniform. They needed him. Anyway Happy B Day JR, Good luck in China and here’s to you signing with the bulls as free agent for 2013.