The astounding sparkplug reserve that many know as JR Swish is a man on a mission, and boy has his play of recent highlighted his determination to accomplish a few goals loft goals. JR Smith, shooting guard of the New York Knickerbockers, would love to be an NBA All-Star reserve.
Marc Berman of the New York Post reports:
“My eyes are on being an All-Star, honestly,’’ Smith said when asked about his chance of winning the top reserve award. “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.’’
Smith is averaging 16.6 points in 33 minutes off the bench and has shown flashes of brilliance as a well-rounded, elite professional baller.
Smith has credited Mike Woodson and Herb Williams for improving his footwork and shot selection.
“That was the whole idea coming into this season, putting him in a position as a guy coming off the bench as a guy that can lead the league or score a lot of points,’’ Woodson said. “We’re putting him in position to do that. I think he’s starting to step up and be more patient about his play. He’s trying to do it on both ends of the floor.’’
Although many questioned management’s decision to bring Smith in mid-season because of his highly erratic personality and a troublesome past, Smith has proven to be a new man this season.
In all reality, he is the Co-MVP behind Carmelo Anthony. Smith has powered this team with crafty scoring, strong defense and some game winners in December have helped his stock.
Smith doesn’t even appear on the All-Star ballot, but he has a shot is with the coaches who vote in the All-Star reserves for each conference. If the baller that everyone either loves or loves to hate can keep performing at a high level for the Knickerbockers we’ll see JR Swish suit up for the East during All Star Weekend in Houston.
Joseph Turuseta | Elite.