Knicks J.R. Smith Wins NBA Sixth Man
It was a two horse race, but in the end Knicks guard and New Jersey native, J.R. Smith came away with the NBA's Sixth Man Award on Monday.
Smith averaged 18.1 points in 80 games, all off the bench. He had 29 games in which he scored 20 points as a reserve, tying sixth man runner-up Jamal Crawford of the LA Clippers for the NBA lead.
"I just wanted to show everybody that I could be a team guy and it's all about the team," Smith said at a news conference attended by his family, teammates and coaches.
J.R. is the third player in Knicks history to win the NBA's Sixth Man Award, joining John Starks (1996-97) and Anthony Mason (1994-95). Smith received 484 points, including 72 first-place votes, from a panel of 121 writers and broadcasters. The Clippers' Jamal Crawford finished second with 352 points, getting 31 first-place votes.