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Monday, April 22nd, 2013 at 3:50 pm  |  33 responses

JR Smith Wins Sixth Man Award (UPDATE)


UPDATE: It was confirmed that JR Smith is, indeed, the winner of this season’s Sixth Man Award. Here’s the press release: “Smith received 484 of a possible 1,084 points, including 72 first-place votes, from a panel of 121 sportswriters and broadcasters throughout the United States and Canada. Jamal Crawford of the Los Angeles Clippers finished second with 352 points (31 first-place votes). Jarrett Jack of the Golden State Warriors finished third with 170 points (14 first-place votes).”

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According to the AP, New York Knicks guard JR Smith has won the 6th man award. Mr. Swish will be presented with the award later on today: “The Knicks have called an afternoon news conference at which Smith will be given the award, the person says on condition of anonymity because no announcement has been made. The eighth-year guard has 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 him with the Clippers’ Jamal Crawford for the NBA lead. Smith helped the Knicks win the Atlantic Division title for the first time since 1994. New York is the No. 2 seed in the Eastern Conference and leads the Boston Celtics 1-0 in their first-round playoff series.”


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  • jmm

    Deserves it for sure. One of my favourite players in the NBA – what will he do next? Launch a 3 from four feet past the line? Check in riding a horse and engage in some spontaneous polo? Who knows? That’s the fun!

  • http://twitter.com/niQknacks niQ

    Looks like his work in the CBA has paid off. lol.

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    fair enough. I never like giving the award to a guy who shot under 40% for 70% of the season as a volume shooter, but the narrative fits. And his role with the Knicks was bigger than any other 6th man’s role with any other team.

  • MeloMan324

    Well deserved JR… After all these years he’s finally starting to get it

  • spit hot fiyah

    reason number 101 to get a new tattoo

  • sefos

    So right

  • O

    Dunn deserved it as he really is the 2nd scoring option after Melo. That said, this award almost definitely means that next year he’s going to get PAID… by another team.

  • https://twitter.com/jasontichenor Mr. Wet

    I’m pretty okay with this, I thought Jarrett Jack should have gotten a little more love, but I can’t make too much of an arguement against JR.

  • http://www.facebook.com/priceperhead1 Jake Richards

    Well done Smith. Keep it up! You deserve this honor.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Junior-Taylor/100003121138419 Junior Taylor

    I would have given it to JCrawford but have no complaints with JR winning.

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  • LakeShow

    Why?
    Smith is the better defender, rebounder, and passer(this year), while both are quite comparable offensively.

  • danpowers

    sir, basketball consists of more than just scoring

  • http://twitter.com/Jzakoni Sanchez

    im glad. JR ment business this season

  • http://twitter.com/Jzakoni Sanchez

    crawford’s nice. but JR does more for his team

  • http://twitter.com/Jzakoni Sanchez

    jack aint bad either

  • The Seed

    He deserves it.

  • Max

    I rember around the time of the ASG, I asked the question, Jarret Jack is gonna win 6th man right? And everybody was almost sure.
    Helluva end of the season by JR!

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    not a better passer this year. Smith was the better defender and rebounder tho. Crawford the better scorer and passer.
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    I give the edge to Smith because his role was bigger.

  • LakeShow

    Your right as far as assists per minute, but Smith has been a good play maker for the Knicks this year.
    IMO a better one that Crawford has been for the Clips. Partially just because of Smith getting the ball in his hands more. While Crawford has to share ball handling/playmaking with a few more players.
    Crawford is the better passer in general, and overall, but I still felt JR smith did more crucial playmaking for the Knicks this season.
    I may be wrong though.

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    It’s so hard to say, Smith was so outrageously great at the beginning and end of this season. It’s pretty difficult to look at the year as a whole.

  • ATL dynamite

    What about Jarrett Jack? He has been the anchor of the GSW team when he’s on the floor. To me he has been more important to the GSW than JR has been to the NYK, not mentioning he’s more consistent. I have no problem with JR getting the award tho, still very well-deserved.

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    Yup, That’s who I had as the 6MOY homie, so I couldn’t agree more

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000166716900 Anthony Darnello Taylor Jr.

    too bad he doesnt play in New York thats why he didnt get it IMO

  • Norv

    The Entire Knicks organization is a #Fail. How you could feel Tyson Chandler is worth 14 mil, while your SECOND best player makes 2.8 mil is effin ridiculous. Steve Novak even makes more than JR Smith; So does Camby! Its Crazy! The Knicks have been way too thirsty just to be even a little relevant. Now Because of Chandler, because of Amare, and most importantly the new CBA, they will not likely be able to pay the 9-10 million JR Smith deserves.

  • Ei_Ehm

    JR Smith carried the team while Carmelo was injured, not to mention those couple of game-winners. They’re both streaky shooters.

  • danpowers

    lol why? do end and beginning not belong to a whole?

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    because he was a sh*tty basketball player for 70% of the season and he is getting rewarded with a full season award. I don’t personally like it, and I don’t think people are or really have, the ability to look at this season objectively.

  • danpowers

    that 70% and the term “s*tty appear quite subjective to me. he was putting up awful performances regarding shot selection during a quite long stretch but he also sealed a handfull of wins during the same time. that why i wouldnt write it off as 100% sh*tty.

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    if he wasn’t playing so sh*tty he wouldn’t have had to seal wins. And they wouldn’t have been worse than the effing Celtics during that stretch.

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    he sealed wins!!!! because he actively assaulted the rim with unbridled chucking the rest of the game. You can feel any way you want about him. But he was awful. If you are a volume shooter, and you spent LITERALLY 70% of the season shooting under 40%, then you are awful during that stretch. Maybe he was tolerably awful, but he was still awful

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    http://www.basketball-reference.com/players/s/smithjr01/gamelog/2013/#548-603-sum:pgl_basic

  • danpowers

    “if he wasn’t playing so sh*tty he wouldn’t have had to seal wins.”
    lol true

    “And
    they wouldn’t have been worse than the effing Celtics during that
    stretch.”
    without him, they may wouldve been as bad as the raptors or worse. a big part of his bad fg% came due to his shot selection. another big share of it was also because he was often forced to take bad shots within a stagnant offense. i dont want to defend him too much as i kept yelling at my screen because of him for like 40 games.

    just sayin that he wasnt THAT bad or at least not the only one to blame when it comes to his fg% during that stretch

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    “without him, they may wouldve been as bad as the raptors or worse” – YOU DON’T KNOW THAT. he was the person on the Knicks whose play fluctuated the most over the course of the year. And his giant stretch of below average play coincides PERFECTLY with the Knicks struggles. You can say they would have been the Raptors without him, but what would they have been if you just supplanted him with Jarret Jack or Jamal Crawford during that stretch? that is the more important question.

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    and i’m not trying to make it sound like he was the reason they were bad, i just don’t like the idea that he benefitted the team just because they relied on him, and sometimes he came through.

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    like i said, i completely understand giving him the award, he definitely had more responsibility then any other 6th man. and when he was good, he was the best 6th man by a huge margin. But that only made up 32% of the season. Which is why i personally preferred Jarret Jack.

  • danpowers

    “but what would they have been if you just supplanted him with Jarret Jack or Jamal Crawford during that stretch? ”

    hmmm very good question. i guess the knick’s lows wouldnt have been that low, but also their heights wouldnt have been that high.

    he is one of those guys who show us that there is a thin line between genius and madness

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