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J.R. Smith

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Biography

Background

2013-14 SEASON:
Veteran long-distance marksman wrote new chapters in Knicks’ and NBA record books in his third NYK season (10th overall NBA campaign), as 2013 Sixth Man of the Year embraced new role as a starter...Over 74 games (37 starts), J.R. averaged 14.5 ppg (second on team to Anthony’s 27.4), 4.0 rpg and 3.0 apg over 32.7 mpg...Went 189-480 (.394) from Downtown (career-high 189 3PT FGM), as his 189 3PT FGM marked the second-highest single-season mark in Knicks history.

Finished tenth in the NBA in 3PT FGM (189, tied with Denver’s Randy Foye) and 25th in 3PT FG pct. (.394)...Ended the 2013-14 season ranked eighth on Knicks’ all-time career list with 411 3PT FGM.

Led Knicks in scoring five times, assists 11 times...Had 12 20+ scoring games and four 30+ scoring games (only Knick besides Anthony to record a 30+ scoring game in 2013-14)...Had one pt-reb double-double (18 pts, 10 rebs on Dec. 23 at Orlando)...Logged 40+ minutes 10 times...Recorded 2,000th career rebound on Nov. 23 at Washington.

Suffered fractured left cheekbone in loss at Oklahoma City, Feb. 9. Did not dress (fractured left cheekbone) on Feb. 12 vs. Kings, the first game he missed due to injury as a Knick...Fitted for plastic mask, and wore mask for next 18 games (thru Mar. 23 vs. Cavs).

Suspended without pay for five games by NBA for violating the terms of the NBA/NBPA Anti-Drug program, Sep. 6, and missed regular season’s first five contests...DNP (CD) twice...Fined $25,000 by the NBA for directing hostile and inappropriate language to another player via his Twitter account, Nov. 15...Fined $50,000 by the NBA for recurring instances of unsportsmanlike conduct, Jan. 8...Brother Chris played in two games with Knicks in 2013-14, as J.R. and Chris joined the McGuires (Dick and Al) and Stiths (Tom and Sam) as only brother acts in team history.

The Downtown Story
J.R. finished tenth in the NBA in 3PT FGM (189, tied with Denver’s Randy Foye) and 25th in 3PT FG pct. (.394)...His 189 3PT FGM marked a career high and the second-best single-season mark in Knicks franchise history, surpassed only by John Starks’ 217 in 1994-95...Ranks eighth on Knicks’ all-time career list with 411 3PT FGM.

Connected from three-point range in 64 of his 74 regular season games...From Downtown, had five four-homer games, six five-homer games, two six-homer games, one eight-homer game (Apr. 4 vs. Wizards) and one nine-homer game (Mar. 26 at Sacramento), along with his record-breaking 10-home run game at Miami on Apr. 6...Had 12 games with 10+ 3PT FGA, including his NBA record 22 3PT FGA at Miami, Apr. 6...Recorded his seventh career 100-plus home run season (all in last eight years).

Start/Bench
As a starter (37 games, Knicks 20-17), J.R. averaged 16.5 ppg (610) on 223-537 FGA (.415) with 120-295 (.407) from Downtown over 34.4 mpg (1,274)...Scored 20+ points nine times as a starter...Came into the season having made just one start in 115 games as a Knick (Mar. 9, 2012 at Milwaukee; 3 pts, 18 mins)...Made his first start of the season on Nov. 13 at Atlanta; finished the campaign by starting 26 of his last 28 contests (Feb. 21-Apr. 16). Off the bench (37 games), J.R. notched 12.5 ppg (461) on 173-418 FGA (.414) with 69-185 (.373) from Downtown over 31.0 mpg (1,147)...Scored 20+ points three times off the bench.

Ten For The Books
Authored a record-shattering performance en route to a 32-point outing in ABC matinee loss at Miami, Apr. 6, going 10-for 22 from three-point range (11-28 FGA overall) in 43 starting minutes...His 10 three-pointers established a Knicks single-game record, breaking the mark of nine that he shared (on Mar. 26 at Sacramento) with Latrell Sprewell (twice), Carmelo Anthony (2013), Toney Douglas (2011) and John Starks (1998)...It marked J.R,’s third career double-figure home run game (11 for Denver vs. Sacramento, Apr. 13, 2009; 10 for Denver vs. Atlanta on Dec. 23, 2009), and he is the only player in NBA history to author more than one 10+ home run game...Tied NBA single-game 2013-14 season high with 10 3PT FGM (one of six players to do it)...Also established new NBA records for most three-point FGA in a game (22) and in a half (14 in second half). . Tied a season-high with 32 points (had 32 pts in back-to-back games, also on Apr. 4 vs. Wizards).

Key Games
Dec. 6: Key factor in 38-point win over Magic that broke seven-game home losing streak with 17 points (6-11 FGA, 5-9 from Downtown) and six rebounds.
Dec. 18: Scored 19 points (7-23 FGA, 5-17 from Downtown) with six assists and five rebounds in then-career-high 48 starting minutes in 2OT win at Milwaukee...Set single-game Knicks record with 17 3PT FGA (later broken).
Dec. 21: Had 16 points (6-12 FGA, 2-3 from Downtown) and season-high seven assists and four steals in loss to Grizzlies.
Dec. 23: Off-the-bench double-double effort in win at Orlando with 18 points and season-high 10 rebounds (only double-double of season).
Dec. 25: Only Knicks starter in double-figure scoring (20 pts) in Christmas loss to Thunder.
Feb. 3: Scored 30 points (9-17 FGA, 6-11 from Downtown) with seven rebounds and three assists in vintage 39 bench minutes in loss at Milwaukee...Teamed with Anthony (36) for Knicks’ only 30-30 duo of season.
Feb. 21: Inserted into starting lineup in wake of Shumpert knee injury, scored 10 points (4-14 FGA) in career-high 49 minutes in 2OT loss at Orlando.
Feb. 24: Season-high-tying seven assists with 15 points (7-16 FGA) in loss to Mavs.
Mar. 26: Tied Knicks’ single-game record by nailing nine (of 12) three-point FG, en route to 29 points in win at Sacramento (would break mark with 10 3PT FGM on Apr. 6 at Miami)...Nailed three three-pointers in the fourth qtr to help hold off furious Kings rally, including game’s biggest shot: three-point bomb with 4:10 left to give NY a 99-94 lead after Kings had cut 24-point Knicks lead down to two.
Mar. 30: Scored team-high 21 points (8-17 FGA, 3-9 from Downtown) in stunning win at Golden State, including 19 pts in first half.
Apr. 2: Went 6-12 from Downtown (9-16 FGA overall) for 24 points, adding eight rebounds and six assists in rout of Nets at Garden.
Apr. 4: Poured in game-and-season-high 32 points (12-23 FGA, 8-16 from Downtown), but missed on potential game-winning three-ball at the buzzer of one-point loss to Wizards...First of back-to-back 32-point games (also in 10-home run game vs. Miami, Apr. 6).
Apr. 16: Scored game-high 30 points (13-19 FGA, 2-5 from Downtown) with career-high-tying five steals in just 27 starting minutes in season finale win over Raptors.

PREVIOUS SEASONS:
2012-13: KIA NBA Sixth Man of the Year...Forged season-long success story climaxed by KIA NBA Sixth Man of the Year award, as he emerged as arguably the League’s most lethal and consistent off-the-bench threat...J.R. appeared in 80 games (all off the bench) and averaged career-high 18.1 points (18th in NBA), 5.3 rebounds and 2.7 assists with .422 (527-1,249) overall shooting over 33.5 minutes...Went 155-436 (.356) from Downtown...Second on Knicks in games played (80) to Novak’s 81...Season Highs: Points: 37 (Mar. 29 vs. Charlotte); Assists: 8 (Mar. 13 at Denver); Rebounds: 14* (Apr. 11 at Chicago)...Sixth Man: Named KIA NBA Sixth Man of the Year, outpolling Clippers’ Jamal Crawford, 484-352 in national media balloting...Had 72 first place votes to Crawford’s 31...Became third Knick in club history to win Sixth Man honors, joining Anthony Mason (1994-95) and John Starks (1996-97)...The Season: Led Knicks in scoring 16 times, rebounds 11 times, assists 10 times...Had a League-leading 29 20-plus scoring games off the bench (tied with Clippers’ Crawford), including seven 30-plus efforts...Double-digit scoring in 70 of his 80 games...Recorded eight point-rebound double-doubles...Connected on NY season-high 19 straight FTA, Mar. 23-27...Logged 40-plus minutes seven times...Notched career highs in total minutes (2,678), total points (1,446), total rebounds (425) and scoring average (18.1)... Had three straight 30-plus games off the bench, Mar. 26-29, with 34.7 ppg (104), becoming first NBA player to have three straight 30-plus off the bench since Bucks’ Ricky Pierce in 1990...Ejected twice in regular season (Feb. 20 at Indiana, Mar. 11 at Golden State) and once during Playoffs (Game Three of first round vs. Boston)...Did not play (non injury-related) in regular season’s last two games...The Downtown Story: Went 155-436 (.356) from Downtown, his sixth 100-plus home run season in last seven years...Had seven four-homer games, four five-homer games, two six-homer games, and nailed a season-high seven three-pointers on Feb. 2 vs. Kings...Recorded fifth career four-point play (3PT FGM+FTM) on Mar. 17 at Clippers ( :23.8 left, third quarter, fouled by Matt Barnes)...Nailed 1,000th career three-point FG on Dec. 15 vs. Cavs....That Was The Week That Was: Named Eastern Conference Player of the Week for the period ending Mar. 31...Averaged 29.8 points (119) with 39-72 FGA (.542) and 6-13 (.462) from Downtown during Knicks’ 4-0 week...First career POTW award; shared honor with West winner Al Jefferson of Utah...Scored 30-plus points off the bench in three straight games, becoming first NBA player to do it since Bucks’ Ricky Pierce in 1990. Third game of string was season-high 37 points (12-18 FGA, 2-2 from Downtown, 11-12 FTA) in win over Bobcats, Mar. 29. Combined with Anthony (32) for Knicks’ first 30-30 scoring pair since Mar. 30, 2011 vs. New Jersey (Anthony 39, Billups 33)...Key Games: Logged career-high-tying 43 minutes in loss at Sacramento, Dec. 28 (28 points)...Game-high 24 points in loss to Celtics, Jan. 7, despite fourth-quarter collision with Celts’ Avery Bradley that resulted in forehead cut that required 11 stitches...Game-high 25 points (10-29 FGA) in loss at Indiana, Jan. 10. Notched career-high 29 FGA...Nailed game’s biggest shot in win at Boston, Jan. 24: three-point bomb with 1:11 left to give NYK a five-point lead in eventual 89-86 win that snapped 11-game regular season losing streak in Beantown. Had gone 2-15 FGA prior to game-clinching shot (had 9 points)...Game-high 25 points (season-high 7-14 from Downtown) in rout of Kings, Feb. 2...Poured in game-high 36 points (14-29 FGA) in loss to Thunder, Mar. 7. Tied career high with 29 FGA...Season-high eight assists in loss at Denver, Mar. 13...Game-high 35 points (10-18 FGA, 12-13 FTA) in win over Grizzlies, Mar. 27. Set single-game career highs for FTM (12) and FTA (13)...Scored 30 points with 10 rebounds in win over Bucks, Apr. 5, combining with Anthony (41) for 71 of Knicks’ 101 points...Main cog in ABC win at Oklahoma City with 22 points, seven rebounds and four assists, Apr. 7. Nailed the game’s two biggest shots late in the fourth quarter: stepback jumper with 1:30 left (117-113 NYK) and 28-foot three-point bomb to beat the shot clock with :56.8 left (120-113)... Hauled in a career-high 14 rebounds with 28 points in OT loss at Chicago that snapped 13-game winning streak, Apr. 11... Postscript: Became free agent, Jul. 1, 2013; re-signed with Knicks, Jul. 11, 2013...Underwent patella tendon surgery and an arthroscopy for a tear in the lateral meniscus, left knee, on Jul. 15, 2013, performed by Dr. Answorth Allen at the Hospital for Special Surgery in New York.
Playoffs: Averaged 14.3 points (second on team to Anthony’s 28.8) over 31.9 minutes, coming off the bench in 11 post-season games...Went 18-66 (.273) from Downtown; team-high 18 3PT FG (tied with Shumpert)...Double-figure scoring in nine of his 11 games; connected from Downtown in 10 of his 11 contests...Averaged 15.2 points on 28-73 FGA (.384) in five games in first round vs. Boston...Series-high 19 points (7-15 FGA) in Game Two win...Had 15 points (6-12 FGA) in Game Three before he was ejected (Flagrant Foul 2) with 7:06 left in fourth quarter; suspended by NBA for Game Four (Apr. 28 at Boston)...Had 13 points and seven rebounds in Game Six clincher...Averaged 13.5 points (second on team to Anthony’s 28.5) in six games in East Semis vs. Pacers...Series-high 19 points in Game Four...Double-double effort in Game Six finale with 15 points and team- and Playoff career-high 10 rebounds.

2011-12: Signed with Knicks as a free agent on Feb. 17, 2012...Averaged 12.5 points (fourth on team) with .407 shooting over 27.6 minutes in 35 games (one start)... Signed with Knicks after starting season with Zhejiang of Chinese Basketball Association...Recorded six 20-plus scoring games (all off the bench)...From Downtown, had two seven-homer games (Mar. 14 vs. Blazers, Apr. 17 vs. Celtics). In both of his seven-homer games, connected for seven three-pointers in one half (second half on Mar. 14, first half on Apr. 17), to tie all-time Knicks record for most 3PT FGM in a half (also by John Starks vs. Miami on Nov. 22, 1993 and Shawne Williams at Utah on Jan. 12, 2011)...Made his only start as a Knick on Mar. 9, 2012 at Milwaukee (3 pts, 1-3 FGA, 18 mins)... Dished off a career-high nine assists on Apr. 5 at Orlando...Game-high 23 points (7-14 from Downtown) in win over Blazers in Mike Woodson’s debut as head coach, Mar. 14, 2012. Tied Knicks record with seven three-pointers in a half, the first of two times he’d accomplish the feat...Ejected (Flagrant Foul 2) in loss at Indiana, Apr. 3 (foul later downgraded to Flagrant 1)...Season-high 25 points (8-16 FGA, 7-10 from Downtown) in win over Celtics, Apr. 17. Nailed seven three-pointers in first half to tie Knicks club record for second time this season...In the 2012 Playoffs, averaged 12.2 points (third on team) over 35.0 mpg off the bench in the five games vs. Heat...Went 8-8 FTA and led 2012 NBA Playoff leader board in FT pct. (1.000, tied with Jazz’ Gordon Hayward, 16-16 FTA, 1.000)...Scored a team- and series-high 17 points in Game One loss at Miami.

2010-11: Season high 31 points vs. Pistons, Mar. 12, 2011...

2009-10: Season high 41 points (10-17 from Downtown) on Dec. 23, 2009 vs. Hawks, becoming first NBA player ever to record multiple games of 10-plus 3PT FGM...Suspended seven games, Oct. 28-Nov. 7...

2008-09: Averaged 15.2 points over 81 games (18 starts) and finished second in voting for NBA Sixth Man of the Year award won by Dallas’ Jason Terry...Career-high 180-453 (.397) from Downtown, second-highest 3PT FGM mark in Nuggets history... Scored a career-high 45 points (13-22 FGA, 11-18 from Downtown) on Apr. 13, 2009 vs. Kings...Notched 14.9 ppg over 16 Playoff games to help lead Nuggets to West Finals...

2007-08: Established career highs for field goal percentage (.461) and 3PT pct. (.403)...

2006-07: In first season in Denver, missed eight games (Feb. 23-Mar. 11) while recovering from arthroscopic surgery, left knee...Served 10-game NBA suspension, Dec. 18-Jan. 8, in aftermath of Knicks-Nuggets melee at MSG, Dec. 16, 2006...

CAREER TRANSACTIONS:
Drafted out of high school by New Orleans in first round (18th overall) of 2004 NBA Draft. Traded to Chicago with P.J. Brown for Tyson Chandler, Jul. 13, 2006. Traded to Denver for Howard Eisley and two 2007 second round draft picks, Jul. 20, 2006. Became free agent, Jul. 1, 2011; signed with Knicks, Feb. 17, 2012, re-signed, Jul. 11, 2012. Became free agent, Jul. 1, 2013; re-signed, Jul. 11, 2013.

COMMUNITY CORNER:
Joined Iman Shumpert, Kenyon Martin, DJ Hill and the Knicks City Dancers at Chase branch at 179 East 116th Street as part of Chase’s Basketball in the Boroughs and Beyond effort during Hispanic Heritage Month, Mar. 17...Hosted 40 children from Garden of Dreams partner Harlem Dowling for a special afternoon at Bowlmor Lanes Mini Golf, Feb. 25...Joined the rest of his teammates along with the Knicks coaching staff, alumni and a galaxy of A-list celebrities at the 15th annual Knicks Bowl presented by Foot Locker at Bowlmor Lanes at Chelsea Piers, Feb. 10, 2014, the gala, starstudded event that has raised over $2.5 million for the Garden of Dreams Foundation...Teamed up with Tyson Chandler, Amar’e Stoudemire, Raymond Felton, Metta World Peace, Iman Shumpert, Andrea Bargnani, Pablo Prigioni, Beno Udrih, Kenyon Martin and the Knicks’ coaching staff to host WHEDco families at Knicks/Garden of Dreams Holiday Shopping Spree at Target in White Plains, Dec. 20...Joined Carmelo Anthony, Amar’e Stoudemire, Raymond Felton, Metta World Peace, Iman Shumpert, Tim Hardaway Jr., Pablo Prigioni, Andrea Bargnani and Knicks alumni Jerome Williams for annual Garden of Dreams Toy Drive/Player Forum at the Garden Theatre, Dec. 3...Joined teammates Tyson Chandler, Amar’e Stoudemire, Metta World Peace, Carmelo Anthony, Iman Shumpert, Pablo Prigioni, Andrea Bargnani, Tim Hardaway Jr. and Kenyon Martin to host 100 children from Harlem Dowling, a Garden of Dreams partner organization, at the annual Knicks Season Launch Party and NBA Fit basketball clinic at MSG Training Center, Oct 28...Joined teammate Carmelo Anthony along with Fabolous and Swizz Beatz at Catch after being honored at the 10th Annual Hennessy Privilege Awards in August 2013.

PERSONAL:
Earl Smith III, known as J.R....Son of Ida and Earl Smith...Has three brothers and two sisters (younger brother Chris played at Manhattan and Louisville and on Knicks’ Summer League teams in 2012 and 2013, earning training camp invite in 2012 and 2013)...Has two daughters, Demi and Peyton...Starred in Sean Paul and Kelly Rowland’s music video “How Deep Is Your Love” in fall 2012...Honored guest at Fabolous’ 35th birthday party gala at WIP, Nov. 18, 2012...Inspiration for hit single “So Right” by Milford Jerome as performed by Kidding on the Square, released in spring 2013...Played football and baseball in high school...Named MVP of McDonald’s High School All-American game in 2004...Named McDonald’s High School All-American in 2004...Dedicated golfer.

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Height: 6'6''/ 1.98m
Weight: 225 lbs./ 102.1 kg
Born: September 09, 1985
From: St. Benedict's Prep (NJ)
Draft: 1st Round (18th pick) 2004 NBA Draft
NBA Debut: 2004
Years Pro: 10
Previous Teams:
  New York Knicks 2011 - 2014
  Denver Nuggets 2006 - 2011
  New Orleans/Oklahoma City Hornets 2004 - 2005
Prior to NBA/Country: St. Benedict's Prep (Newark, NJ)/USA

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