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It’s official: J.R. Smith is NBA Sixth Man of the Year

Apr 22, 2013, 3:12 PM EDT

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The Knicks have the NBA’s scoring champion at forward in Carmelo Anthony. Now they have the NBA’s Sixth Man of the Year, too.

As we told you would happen earlier in the day, the New York’s J.R. Smith has been named the NBA Sixth Man of the Year.

His strong end of the season — Smith averaged better than 23 points a game over his last 15 games — pushed him past the Clippers Jamal Crawford, who came in second. The Warriors Jarrett Jack finished third in the voting.

This is a fair result (sorry Clippers fans). There was a time this was dubious award, but in the last decade plus a lot of coaches have gone to playing what should be a starter coming off the bench (Manu Ginobili is maybe the most famous example). You want that guy off the bench to be somebody that can light up the scoreboard and change the game.

Smith finished 72 first-place votes out of the 121 votes cast by sportswriter and members of the media, and he finished with 484 points. Crawford had 31 first place votes and 352 points. The other first place votes went to Jack (14), Kevin Martin (2), Ryan Anderson (1) and Jordan Crawford (1).

Wait, what, Jordan Crawford? That’s a questionable third place vote. While no media member has yet claimed the Jordan vote, smart money says that was a Jamal Crawford vote and someone put in the wrong name.

As always, the fun part of this is seeing who some media members gave their third place vote to.

J.J. Redick, Luke Babbitt, Ramon Sessions, Gordon Hayward and Shane Battier all got votes.

Babbitt? Who scored 3.9 points per game on 36.8 percent shooting? How exactly do you justify that vote?

I could go on but what’s the point. The right guy won.

  1. acdc363 - Apr 22, 2013 at 3:45 PM

    Haha good article Kurt and props to JR for ballin so hard. Well deserved.

    Seriously though Luke Babbitt? LOL

  2. Mr. Wright 212 - Apr 22, 2013 at 3:50 PM

    Shouts to coach for harnessing his game and maximizing JR’s ability, as well.

    • fanofevilempire - Apr 22, 2013 at 5:08 PM

      nice game winners from JR.
      I hope Knickerbockers pay him.

  3. majorhavoc83 - Apr 22, 2013 at 3:54 PM

    As a big Knicks fan, this is awesome news! We’ve been watching JR get better and better as the year went on. He’s bought into Woodson’s system, and his work ethic has only gotten better as well. Now all the hard work has started to pay off for JR *and* the team!

    Congrats to JR! I can’t WAIT to see how much Mr. Dolan will have to cough up to keep JR on the team for the next several years! And seriously…the Knicks better cough up the dough, because if they thought they got some static when Lin wasn’t re-signed, just wait to see what happens if they don’t re-sign JR!

  4. Mr. Wright 212 - Apr 22, 2013 at 4:18 PM

    No one was sad to lee that rat leave, majorhavoc. Just that he lied over and over.

    Knicks have Bird Rights and he doesn’t want to leave anyway. He’s not going anywhere. His pops wants him to stay local so that Coach can keep tabs on him.

    • djeter220 - Apr 22, 2013 at 4:27 PM

      If either side “lied” it was the Knicks, not Lin. They explained to him that he should go out and negotiate a deal, and whatever it was they would match it and he would remain a Knick. Lin did just that, the Knicks bailed on their word, and Lin wound up with the Rockets.

      • fanofevilempire - Apr 22, 2013 at 5:07 PM

        despite not having Lin that Melo guy is doing really good.
        hehehehehehehehehehehehehhe

    • majorhavoc83 - Apr 23, 2013 at 8:40 AM

      No one was sad to see “that rat” (Lin) leave?! Wow. That’s just revisionist history. There was a TON of controversy around that decision. As “djeter220″ said, it was the Knicks that told Lin to go find an offer. It was Dolan that said that he’d pay any amount of money to keep Lin. It was Woodson that said that he fully expected Lin would be playing for the Knicks. It was the Knicks front office that acquired Kidd with the thinking that he would coach Lin. So then Houston makes an offer for Lin, then Dolan says he’ll pay whatever it takes to keep Lin, and then Houston ups the offer and makes all the money guaranteed. So Dolan walks away from the offer. Was that Lin’s doing? Nope. Dolan told him to get offers. Dolan said he would keep Lin in NY. Houston wanted to stick it to the Knicks, and for the first time ever in the history of the Knicks, Dolan walked away from spending money! There were countless articles about what happened, and a lot of Knick fans were ticked off…myself included!

      Now, Felton has been a killer on the court…thanks to Kidd’s coaching on the court…but I think Lin would have become a far superior player than he is today if he had been able to stay with the Knicks. Keep in mind that Lin is 23 or 24…he has a long career ahead. The Knicks could do with some more youth on the team!

      For JR, I sure hope Dolan doesn’t make the same mistake twice. JR has worked incredibly hard this year, and he’s bought into the system/plan. Due to his hard work, he has started to realize his true potential and is becoming an excellent player. Let’s keep JR as a Knick!

  5. abchome - Apr 22, 2013 at 4:27 PM

    Congrads to Smith! I’d like Crawford to win but have no problem JR got it. He’s having a fantastic season and closing the season really strong.

  6. readysethike - Apr 22, 2013 at 5:03 PM

    who the hell voted for Jordan Crawford?

    • Kurt Helin - Apr 22, 2013 at 5:43 PM

      I think somebody meant to vote for Jamal Crawford and screwed up.

  7. nodindenver - Apr 22, 2013 at 5:47 PM

    Seen both of them play many nights. I would take Corey Brewer over J.R. any day!

  8. millerje1962 - Apr 22, 2013 at 6:13 PM

    Good news, only 13% (4/31) 6th man and 17% (11/66) scoring champion & 6 of those were Jordan’s went on to win the NBA championship. doesn’t look like it’s the Knicks year.

  9. jacksonkane - Apr 22, 2013 at 7:57 PM

    Most underpaid player in the NBA. He is such a difference maker.

  10. kavika6 - Apr 23, 2013 at 8:19 AM

    What a joke.

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