J.R. Smith’s hard work has paid off. The New Jersey native and New York Knicks guard has won the NBA’s “Sixth Man Award.” After spending the off-season prepping to be a starter, the sharp shooter made the most of Coach Mike Woodson’s decision to utilize him as the first man off the bench; and sported some sick kick along the way.
Reports the NBA:
The New York Knicks’ J.R. Smith is the winner of the 2012-13 Kia NBA Sixth Man Award as the league’s best player in a reserve role, the NBA announced Monday. Smith, who came off the bench in all 80 games in which he appeared, led all reserves in scoring, averaging 18.1 points. Additionally, Smith contributed 5.3 rpg, 2.7 apg and 1.3 spg in 33.5 minutes per game to a Knicks squad that went 54-28 and earned the No. 2 seed in the Eastern Conference playoffs.
Smith received 484 of a possible 1,084 points, including 72 first-place votes, from a panel of 121 sportswriters and broadcasters throughout the United States and Canada. Jamal Crawford of the Los Angeles Clippers finished second with 352 points (31 first-place votes). Jarrett Jack of the Golden State Warriors finished third with 170 points (14 first-place votes).
Smith’s win reminded us; dude war some serious sneaker heat throughout the season. From a serious selection of Js, to Nike Basketball flavors and even LeBron James’ signature shoes, Smith stayed getting buckets in style.
Check out some of his best choices in the gallery.
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