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J.R. Smith

8 | Guard-Forward

Knicks

Biography

Background

As A Professional: NBA’s reigning Sixth Man of the Year is currently in his third season as a Knick, 10th NBA campaign overall...Knicks are his third team, following two years with Hornets and five with Nuggets...One of the game’s premier sixth men over the past decade, with career averages of 13.2 points with .426 shooting over 25.4 minutes in 618 games (130 starts)...Long-range game-changer is 1,123-3,060 (.367) career from Downtown, with six 100-plus home run seasons over the last seven years...Nuggets’ all-time career leader in 3PT FGM (768) and is the only player in NBA history to record more than one game with 10-plus 3PT FGM...Has averaged 10-plus points in eight of his nine NBA seasons, with career-high 18.1 for NYK in 2012-13...Owns four 40-plus scoring games, all with Nuggets (career high 45 points vs. Kings, Apr. 13, 2009)...Authored two game-ending, game-winning shots for Knicks in 2012-13, becoming first Knick to accomplish the feat since stat was recorded going back to 1980...Excluding shortened 2011-12 season, has appeared in at least 74 games in each of last five full seasons (has not missed a game due to injury since joining Knicks)...Has made just one start since joining Knicks: on Mar. 9, 2012 at Milwaukee (3 pts, 18 mins)...Has participated in NBA Slam Dunk Contest twice (third in 2005 at Denver, third in 2009 at Phoenix)...2005 Western Conference Rookie of the Month three times with Hornets in 2004-05 (January, February, March)...Has won one Eastern Conference Player of the Week award with NYK (week ending Mar. 31, 2013)...Has appeared in the NBA Playoffs in each of the last seven seasons, with 13.0 ppg and 88-286 (.308) from Downtown in 51 career Playoff games (all off the bench)...Helped lead Nuggets to 2009 West Finals.

Career Transactions: Drafted out of high school by New Orleans in first round (18th overall) of 2004 NBA Draft. Traded to Chicago with P.J. Brown for Tyson Chandler, Jul. 13, 2006. Traded to Denver for Howard Eisley and two 2007 second round draft picks, Jul. 20, 2006. Became free agent, Jul. 1, 2011; signed with Knicks, Feb. 17, 2012, re-signed, Jul. 11, 2012. Became free agent, Jul. 1, 2013; re-signed, Jul. 11, 2013.

2012-13 (Knicks): KIA NBA Sixth Man of the Year...Forged season-long success story climaxed by KIA NBA Sixth Man of the Year award, as he emerged as arguably the League’s most lethal and consistent off-the-bench threat...J.R. appeared in 80 games (all off the bench) and averaged career-high 18.1 points (18th in NBA), 5.3 rebounds and 2.7 assists with .422 (527-1,249) overall shooting over 33.5 minutes...Went 155-436 (.356) from Downtown...Second on Knicks in games played (80) to Novak’s 81...Season Highs: Points: 37 (Mar. 29 vs. Charlotte); Assists: 8 (Mar. 13 at Denver); Rebounds: 14* (Apr. 11 at Chicago)...Sixth Man: Named KIA NBA Sixth Man of the Year, outpolling Clippers’ Jamal Crawford, 484-352 in national media balloting...Had 72 first place votes to Crawford’s 31...Became third Knick in club history to win Sixth Man honors, joining Anthony Mason (1994-95) and John Starks (1996-97)...The Season: Led Knicks in scoring 16 times, rebounds 11 times, assists 10 times...Had a League-leading 29 20-plus scoring games off the bench (tied with Clippers’ Crawford), including seven 30-plus efforts...Double-digit scoring in 70 of his 80 games...Recorded eight point-rebound double-doubles...Connected on NY season-high 19 straight FTA, Mar. 23-27...Logged 40-plus minutes seven times...Notched career highs in total minutes (2,678), total points (1,446), total rebounds (425) and scoring average (18.1)... Had three straight 30-plus games off the bench, Mar. 26-29, with 34.7 ppg (104), becoming first NBA player to have three straight 30-plus off the bench since Bucks’ Ricky Pierce in 1990...Ejected twice in regular season (Feb. 20 at Indiana, Mar. 11 at Golden State) and once during Playoffs (Game Three of first round vs. Boston)...Did not play (non injury-related) in regular season’s last two games...The Downtown Story: Went 155-436 (.356) from Downtown, his sixth 100-plus home run season in last seven years...Had seven four-homer games, four five-homer games, two six-homer games, and nailed a season-high seven three-pointers on Feb. 2 vs. Kings...Recorded fifth career four-point play (3PT FGM+FTM) on Mar. 17 at Clippers ( :23.8 left, third quarter, fouled by Matt Barnes)...Nailed 1,000th career three-point FG on Dec. 15 vs. Cavs....That Was The Week That Was: Named Eastern Conference Player of the Week for the period ending Mar. 31...Averaged 29.8 points (119) with 39-72 FGA (.542) and 6-13 (.462) from Downtown during Knicks’ 4-0 week...First career POTW award; shared honor with West winner Al Jefferson of Utah...Scored 30-plus points off the bench in three straight games, becoming first NBA player to do it since Bucks’ Ricky Pierce in 1990. Third game of string was season-high 37 points (12-18 FGA, 2-2 from Downtown, 11-12 FTA) in win over Bobcats, Mar. 29. Combined with Anthony (32) for Knicks’ first 30-30 scoring pair since Mar. 30, 2011 vs. New Jersey (Anthony 39, Billups 33)...Key Games: Logged career-high-tying 43 minutes in loss at Sacramento, Dec. 28 (28 points)...Game-high 24 points in loss to Celtics, Jan. 7, despite fourth-quarter collision with Celts’ Avery Bradley that resulted in forehead cut that required 11 stitches...Game-high 25 points (10-29 FGA) in loss at Indiana, Jan. 10. Notched career-high 29 FGA...Nailed game’s biggest shot in win at Boston, Jan. 24: three-point bomb with 1:11 left to give NYK a five-point lead in eventual 89-86 win that snapped 11-game regular season losing streak in Beantown. Had gone 2-15 FGA prior to game-clinching shot (had 9 points)...Game-high 25 points (season-high 7-14 from Downtown) in rout of Kings, Feb. 2...Poured in game-high 36 points (14-29 FGA) in loss to Thunder, Mar. 7. Tied career high with 29 FGA...Season-high eight assists in loss at Denver, Mar. 13...Game-high 35 points (10-18 FGA, 12-13 FTA) in win over Grizzlies, Mar. 27. Set single-game career highs for FTM (12) and FTA (13)...Scored 30 points with 10 rebounds in win over Bucks, Apr. 5, combining with Anthony (41) for 71 of Knicks’ 101 points...Main cog in ABC win at Oklahoma City with 22 points, seven rebounds and four assists, Apr. 7. Nailed the game’s two biggest shots late in the fourth quarter: step- back jumper with 1:30 left (117-113 NYK) and 28-foot three-point bomb to beat the shot clock with :56.8 left (120-113)... Hauled in a career-high 14 rebounds with 28 points in OT loss at Chicago that snapped 13-game winning streak, Apr. 11... Postscript: Became free agent, Jul. 1, 2013; re-signed with Knicks, Jul. 11, 2013...Underwent patella tendon surgery and an arthroscopy for a tear in the lateral meniscus, left knee, on Jul. 15, 2013, performed by Dr. Answorth Allen at the Hospital for Special Surgery in New York.

In The Playoffs: Averaged 14.3 points (second on team to Anthony’s 28.8) over 31.9 minutes, coming off the bench in 11 post-season games...Went 18-66 (.273) from Downtown; team-high 18 3PT FG (tied with Shumpert)...Double-figure scoring in nine of his 11 games; connected from Downtown in 10 of his 11 contests...Averaged 15.2 points on 28-73 FGA (.384) in five games in first round vs. Boston...Series-high 19 points (7-15 FGA) in Game Two win...Had 15 points (6-12 FGA) in Game Three before he was ejected (Flagrant Foul 2) with 7:06 left in fourth quarter; suspended by NBA for Game Four (Apr. 28 at Boston)...Had 13 points and seven rebounds in Game Six clincher...Averaged 13.5 points (second on team to Anthony’s 28.5) in six games in East Semis vs. Pacers...Series-high 19 points in Game Four...Double-double effort in Game Six finale with 15 points and team- and Playoff career-high 10 rebounds.

Downtown: One of the League’s premier three-point artists with 1,123-3,060 (.367) career from Downtown...Has recorded six career 100-plus home run seasons (all in last seven seasons), with career-high 180 in 2008-09 for Denver... Entered 2013-14 season 21st among active players in 3PT FGM (1,123)...Only player in NBA history to record more than one regular season game with 10-plus three-point FGM: Had 11 3PT FGM (one shy of League single-game mark) on Apr. 13, 2009 vs. Sacramento in 45-point game; had 10 3PT FGM on Dec. 23, 2009 vs. Atlanta...Tied NBA mark with eight three-pointers in a half, Feb. 22, 2008 at Chicago and again on Mar. 12, 2011 (mark broken by Deron Williams’ nine on Mar. 8, 2013)...Ranked fifth in NBA with 180 3PT FGM for Nuggets in 2008-09, ninth with 159 in 2009-10...Has recorded seven three-pointers in a half five times in his career (three times with Nuggets, twice with Knicks)...Has recorded seven three- pointers in a quarter three times (last on Mar. 12, 2011 for Nuggets vs. Detroit)...Single-game three-point high as a Knick is seven, three times (Mar. 14, 2012 vs. Portland; Apr. 17, 2012 vs. Boston; Feb. 2, 2013 vs. Sacramento)...Owns five career four-point plays (last on Mar. 17, 2013 at Clippers).

Captain Late: During the 2012-13 season, authored a pair of game-ending, buzzer-beating game-winning shots, on Dec. 5 at Charlotte and Dec. 26 at Phoenix...Became first Knick ever to have two game-ending, game-winning shots in one season since list compiled back to 1980...On Dec. 5, 2012, drilled an 18-foot step-back jumper from the left wing at the buzzer to lift Knicks to come-from-behind, 100-98 win at Charlotte; Knicks’ first game-winning buzzer-beater since Steve Francis at Washington, Mar. 10, 2007...On Dec. 26, 2012, nailed a twisting, 21-foot jumper from the left baseline at the buzzer to give NYK last-ditch 99-97 win at Phoenix, capping a 27-point night.

Among The All-Time Nuggets: Went 768-2,010 (.382) from Downtown in five seasons with Nuggets...Nuggets’ all- time franchise leader in both 3PT FGM (768) and 3PT FGA (2,010)...His career .382 3PT pct. is third on all-time Nuggets list behind Chauncey Billups (.392) and Dale Ellis (.388), minimum 150 3PT FGM...Nailed 180 three-pointers in 2008-09, the second-best single-season mark in Denver history (Dale Ellis 192 in 1996-97)...Owns Nuggets’ single-game mark with 11 3PT FGM (one shy of NBA record) on Apr. 13, 2009 vs. Sacramento in 45-point game.

Career Highlights: 2006-07: In first season in Denver, missed eight games (Feb. 23-Mar. 11) while recovering from arthroscopic surgery, left knee...Served 10-game NBA suspension, Dec. 18-Jan. 8, in aftermath of Knicks-Nuggets melee at MSG, Dec. 16, 2006...2007-08: Established career highs for field goal percentage (.461) and 3PT pct. (.403)...2008-09: Averaged 15.2 points over 81 games (18 starts) and finished second in voting for NBA Sixth Man of the Year award won

by Dallas’ Jason Terry...Career-high 180-453 (.397) from Downtown, second-highest 3PT FGM mark in Nuggets history... Scored a career-high 45 points (13-22 FGA, 11-18 from Downtown) on Apr. 13, 2009 vs. Kings...Notched 14.9 ppg over 16 Playoff games to help lead Nuggets to West Finals...2009-10: Season high 41 points (10-17 from Downtown) on Dec. 23, 2009 vs. Hawks, becoming first NBA player ever to record multiple games of 10-plus 3PT FGM...Suspended seven games, Oct. 28-Nov. 7...2010-11: Season high 31 points vs. Pistons, Mar. 12, 2011...2011-12: Signed with Knicks as a free agent on Feb. 17, 2012...Averaged 12.5 points (fourth on team) with .407 shooting over 27.6 minutes in 35 games (one start)... Signed with Knicks after starting season with Zhejiang of Chinese Basketball Association...Recorded six 20-plus scoring games (all off the bench)...From Downtown, had two seven-homer games (Mar. 14 vs. Blazers, Apr. 17 vs. Celtics). In both of his seven-homer games, connected for seven three-pointers in one half (second half on Mar. 14, first half on Apr. 17), to tie all-time Knicks record for most 3PT FGM in a half (also by John Starks vs. Miami on Nov. 22, 1993 and Shawne Williams at Utah on Jan. 12, 2011)...Made his only start as a Knick on Mar. 9, 2012 at Milwaukee (3 pts, 1-3 FGA, 18 mins)... Dished off a career-high nine assists on Apr. 5 at Orlando...Game-high 23 points (7-14 from Downtown) in win over Blazers in Mike Woodson’s debut as head coach, Mar. 14, 2012. Tied Knicks record with seven three-pointers in a half, the first of two times he’d accomplish the feat...Ejected (Flagrant Foul 2) in loss at Indiana, Apr. 3 (foul later downgraded to Flagrant 1)...Season-high 25 points (8-16 FGA, 7-10 from Downtown) in win over Celtics, Apr. 17. Nailed seven three-pointers in first half to tie Knicks club record for second time this season...In the 2012 Playoffs, averaged 12.2 points (third on team) over 35.0 mpg off the bench in the five games vs. Heat...Went 8-8 FTA and led 2012 NBA Playoff leader board in FT pct. (1.000, tied with Jazz’ Gordon Hayward, 16-16 FTA, 1.000)...Scored a team- and series-high 17 points in Game One loss at Miami.

Community Corner: Extremely active in Knicks’ community efforts...Joined the rest of his teammates along with the Knicks coaching staff, alumni and a galaxy of A-list celebrities at the 14th annual Knicks Bowl presented by Unilever at Chelsea Piers, Feb. 11, 2013, the gala, star-studded event that has raised over $2.2 million for the Garden of Dreams Foundation... Joined teammates and Knicks legends John Starks, Larry Johnson and John Wallace to visit Chase branches in Staten Island in January as part of season-long Knicks/Chase Basketball in the Boroughs community initiative...Joined teammates to “Show Kids NY” by hosting 20 children from WHEDco, a Garden of Dreams partner organization, for a sweet NYC adventure at Dylan’s Candy Bar, Feb. 28, 2012...While playing in New Orleans, funded two adult literacy scholarships through HANO and was on hand for the ribbon-cutting of the Pecan Grove Resource Center...Funded a Kids Café site with his proceeds from the 2009 Slam Dunk Contest...Started the J.R. Smith Foundation, which helps kids get accepted into St. Benedict’s Prep and assisted victims of Hurricane Katrina.

Personal: Earl Smith III, known as J.R....Son of Ida and Earl Smith...Has three brothers and two sisters (younger brother Chris played at Manhattan and Louisville and on Knicks’ Summer League teams in 2012 and 2013, earning training camp invite in 2012 and 2013)...Has two daughters, Demi and Peyton...Starred in Sean Paul and Kelly Rowland’s music video “How Deep Is Your Love” in fall 2012...Honored guest at Fabolous’ 35th birthday party gala at WIP, Nov. 18, 2012...Inspiration for hit single “So Right” by Milford Jerome as performed by Kidding on the Square, released in spring 2013...Played football and baseball in high school...Named MVP of McDonald’s High School All-American game in 2004...Named McDonald’s High School All-American in 2004...Dedicated golfer. 

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