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J.R. Smith believes an All-Star spot is within reach

Jan 5, 2013, 5:00 PM EDT

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J.R. Smith has been lauded for his play in New York this season, coming off the bench to provide a solid scoring punch at 16.6 points per game, while giving the team an active defensive presence on the perimeter.

Smith’s name, along with that of the Clippers’ Jamal Crawford, has been widely mentioned when discussing Sixth Man of the Year honors.

But J.R. has a more immediate goal — he wants to make the All-Star team.

From Marc Berman of the New York Post:

“My eyes are on being an All-Star, honestly,’’ Smith told The Post late Thursday after the Knicks hammered the mighty Spurs. “I’m not focusing on Sixth Man. Sixth Man is more long-term, honestly, end of the year. My individual goal right now is All-Star, then I’ll think about the Sixth Man. I’m trying to be that All-Star coming off the bench for my team.’’

It’s not as crazy as it may sound.

Smith doesn’t even appear on the All-Star ballot, but fans were unlikely to vote him in over Dwyane Wade or Rajon Rondo anyway. Where Smith has a shot is with the coaches, who vote in the All-Star reserves for each conference.

All-Star rosters typically have three guards beyond those in the starting lineup. Kyrie Irving seems almost certain to get one of them, and Jrue Holiday has been gaining buzz as of late for his worthy performance this season, so he’s a good bet for one of the two remaining spots.

After that, things begin to get murky. You have Deron Williams and Ray Allen as some famous names who have been deserving in the past, but neither has proven themselves as a clear-cut All-Star based solely on performance this season.

All of this is to say that Smith has a chance, and a more-than-decent one, at that.

It would mean three All-Stars for the Knicks, assuming Tyson Chandler is selected, along with Carmelo Anthony who will be voted in as a starter. But New York has one of the top teams in the league playing in its largest market, so it’s well within the realm of possibility — as long as Smith continues to play the way he has.

  1. nygsbchamps4 - Jan 5, 2013 at 5:20 PM

    J.R. Is definitely an all-star this year! Unfortunately the fans aren’t wise enough to know that, I mean they’ve got KG going to the all-star game. Give me a break!

    • nycalldayz - Jan 5, 2013 at 6:30 PM

      Just voted KG. Thanks for reminding me. Good looks.

    • saint1997 - Jan 5, 2013 at 7:22 PM

      Battier is tenth on the list! it is unbelievable

  2. hartdaddy - Jan 5, 2013 at 5:48 PM

    Though not asked to do as much, JR has played better than Deron Williams & Dwayne Wade as of late, he’s been better than Ray Allen all year & when it comes to Kyrie Irving you can always throw out overall team W-L records. Argument can even be made that JR has won more games for his team than Kyrie has for his. As far as Holiday goes, he deserves to make it as well. I feel JR however being selected as a reserve shouldn’t anger many people. He deserves a nod just as much as some of the “SuperStars” do.

    • miamatt - Jan 6, 2013 at 5:23 PM

      “of late” Wade has scored 20+ in 7 straight games, and his FG% on the year is a career high as it stands now He is 8th in the league in scoring. Holiday and Irving have better numbers across the board than smith, rebounds excepted. Williams has better numbers as well.

      And “not being asked to do as much” is hardly an argument in favor of naming somebody an all-star. There is some merit in considering JR Smith for a reserve all-star role, due to his clutch shooting and the Knicks excellent start to the season. But at best he is a borderline all-star consideration.

  3. acdc363 - Jan 5, 2013 at 5:54 PM

    Just voted for him

  4. kanemoney - Jan 5, 2013 at 5:57 PM

    He definitely should be. Just voted for him as well, although it will probably be coach’s selection

  5. basketballhooper1 - Jan 5, 2013 at 6:01 PM

    JR Smith literally isn’t even offered to be voted for…You have to do a write in vote…He should deserve a spot on the list over people like Kirk Hinrich and Gerald Henderson

  6. michaeljordanseviltwin - Jan 5, 2013 at 6:58 PM

    When you learn how to play some D, specifically by not averaging 16 fouls per 36 minutes, then you’ll be an all-star.

  7. sportsnut101 - Jan 5, 2013 at 7:39 PM

    If Garnett can get in then why not jr. He has played well enough for a spot.

    If dwilliams gets in just cancel game

  8. dysraw1 - Jan 5, 2013 at 9:09 PM

    haters will say JR. isn’t a allstar.but he should get the nodd just on the fact that he has definitely raised his game up

  9. 00maltliquor - Jan 5, 2013 at 10:24 PM

    With this guys skill level he should have been a perrenial all-star. To bad he’s always coming off the bench and has been getting just slightly under starters minutes his whole career. And can be a bit of a knuclehead with drops him down to others in perception when it comes to voting. He has a shot though if the East coaches want to vote in 5 guards. Sorry, D Will and Ray Allen should not make it.

  10. badintent - Jan 5, 2013 at 11:03 PM

    At least buy him a Chinese take out dinner, he’ll feel like he back to his roots with Mom freaking in the stands. “Escape from China” Starring Kurt Russell as Snake with Samuel Jackson as JR. Put him in the Dunk contest, he’ll get all the Knicks fans votes to win it.

    • jimeejohnson - Jan 6, 2013 at 12:59 PM

      Or just have Kurt Russel reprise his role in “Big Trouble in Little China”, with J.R. Smith as his sidekick. J.R.’s mom and sister can help beat up anyone who gives them trouble; they’re good at that.

      • badintent - Jan 6, 2013 at 4:23 PM

        Nice !, Rated R for JR in sex scene with Rihanna !

  11. jimeejohnson - Jan 6, 2013 at 12:56 PM

    J.R. Smith plays the game with passion and skill. He’s definitely essential to the Knicks championship aspirations.

  12. dysraw1 - Jan 6, 2013 at 3:07 PM

    yo JR. make it, don’t make it you still get my respect. keep tapping that well theres more down in there.

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