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Reports: Knicks’ J.R. Smith to be named Sixth Man of Year

Apr 22, 2013, 11:24 AM EDT

New York Knicks' Smith celebrates scoring past Washington Wizards during their NBA basketball game in Manhattan Reuters

While there were some other deserving candidates out the there — we’re looking at you, Jarrett Jack — the race for NBA’s Sixth Man of the Year was essentially a two man race.

One that the Knicks J.R. Smith has apparently won.

It will not be official until later on Monday afternoon but multiple reports out of New York say Smith will win the award.

Which means his hot end of the season pushed him past the Clippers Jamal Crawford, who was the leader in this race midway through the season. In his last 15 games of the regular season Smith averaged 23.7 points a game on 50.6 percent shooting, with 6.5 rebounds a game. When Carmelo Anthony was out he stepped up this season and that helped win him the award.

He had 15 points and 5 rebounds in the Knicks Game 1 playoff win over the Celtics Saturday.

Smith was the guy I would have had on top of my ballot, I think this was the right call.

  1. shuttaman1990 - Apr 22, 2013 at 11:28 AM

    Well he deserved it.
    I mean them walk off shots he had plehboi whew!

  2. eboneseagles - Apr 22, 2013 at 11:29 AM

    So well deserved, he’s our 2nd option and can take over a game the second he steps off the bench. Coach Woodson deserves a lot of the credit here as a mentor to help JR get the most out of his talent. Ever since he started driving to the basket more often he has become close to unstoppable. If he continues his improved play, the knicks will be in great shape.

  3. mazblast - Apr 22, 2013 at 11:34 AM

    When the three leading candidates play for the Warriors, Clippers, and Knicks, who do you think is going to be declared the winner? Do you think it might be the guy who gets the most media time?

    That said, any of the three would have been worthy. Smith is a good choice.

    • hartdaddy - Apr 22, 2013 at 12:02 PM

      Stop bitching & just congratulate the guy, geez. Well deserved, JR plays hard all year round, if you pay attention you would notice that.

      • phaden27 - Apr 22, 2013 at 1:56 PM

        Guys guys guys guys!!!

        You trying to get the pipe?

    • Mr. Wright 212 - Apr 22, 2013 at 2:09 PM

      The Clippers are on TV far more than the Knicks, virgin.

    • badintent - Apr 23, 2013 at 12:23 AM

      Crawford plays in LA , biggest media market in the nation.Knick Nation knows Crawford had a huge season, was a major factor in the Clippers success this season. Don’t hurt yourself trying to think too much.

  4. thenmoveback - Apr 22, 2013 at 11:39 AM

    He had a great season he deserves it

  5. spthegr8 - Apr 22, 2013 at 11:44 AM

    Well deserved. I heard he cut back on the partying and dedicated himself too the game more. You can see that he has definitely turned the corner in his career. He isn’t jacking up bad shots ( at least not as many as he used too ) & he is a becoming a great playmaker, as well as scoring. He could score in church!! IMO, they could have done Co-award with him & Jamal. Cuz with either one you can’t go wrong!!

  6. readysethike - Apr 22, 2013 at 12:31 PM

    well deserved. he earned himself a big payday this offseason. no more mid level exception

  7. hoops45 - Apr 22, 2013 at 12:39 PM

    JR is a worthy candidate but Crawford had an amazing season and def got robbed here. He’s been strong all season (filling in nicely for Billups being out most of the season and when CP had to sit for awhile). In the head to head matchup between Knicks/Clippers Crawford owned the court and JR was average at best. Also, it isnt like JR led NY to an amazing record when he had to step up for Carmello. Crawford is the most underrated player in the NBA and should have been 6th man.

  8. gd200799 - Apr 22, 2013 at 2:04 PM

    Very deserving. Now what does this change for upcoming free agency?

    • Mr. Wright 212 - Apr 22, 2013 at 2:10 PM

      It changes nothing.

      He holds an option for next year, but if he declines it (which he certainly will, at the pay scale), the Knicks hold EARLY BIRD RIGHTS, which you saw was beneficial in enabling the Knicks to keep Novak and at least attempt to keep that Rat Bastard before he pulled that stunt and ran to Houston.

      The Knicks can exceed the cap to re-sign JR, meaning he will likely get more money here than anyone who is an actual contender would be able to offer.

      In short, he ain’t going nowhere. He’s a local product, his family wants him to remain in the tri-state. He’s hoopin’ with one of his best friends, the scoring champ, and he has a coach who believes in him, and not that overrated hack George Karl. Why would he leave?

      • djeter220 - Apr 22, 2013 at 4:25 PM

        If either side pulled a “stunt” 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. So I wouldn’t say he “ran” there.

      • 00maltliquor - Apr 22, 2013 at 7:27 PM

        LOL @ Jeremy Lin being “Rat Bastard”!

        HAAhahahaha…whaaaat?? LOL! Too funny

      • badintent - Apr 23, 2013 at 12:28 AM

        And J.R.now has K-Mart to roll dice with. What more could he want ?

  9. dysraw1 - Apr 22, 2013 at 2:50 PM

    way to go Smitty thats big because he’s finally used his skill set better than ive ever seen, people can change for the better. his attitude from the gate has been marvelous

  10. 13arod - Apr 22, 2013 at 2:57 PM

    still don’t know why he isn’t starting

  11. 4thquartermagic - Apr 22, 2013 at 2:57 PM

    JR has the talent to be great. This award backs that claim up.

    He’s just got a 10 cent head which has held him back his entire career.

    Hopefully this encourages him to buckle down even more. His game is just exciting to watch.

  12. 13arod - Apr 22, 2013 at 2:58 PM

    he deserves more money

  13. 00maltliquor - Apr 22, 2013 at 4:34 PM

    Congrats JR. Well deserved.

    Couldn’t go wrong with either JR or Jamal, it was a tough two-man race (Jarrett was just a tad behind those two, for me).

    Anyone remember when it was said through back channels that Carmelo didn’t want the Knicks to sign JR when his China contract was finished?

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