JR Smith ended the 2011/12 season as an unrestricted free agent and after considering his options and offers, ultimately decided to stay with the New York Knicks!
“I have decided to re-sign with the Knicks. I just felt that, despite my other options, New York is the best situation for me, coach (Mike) Woodson showed a lot of faith and trust in me last season, as did (Knicks owner) Mr. (James) Dolan and the organization. My teammates are great to play with and New York fans are the best. I can’t wait to get started.” – reported ESPNNewYork.com
Now speculation arose about the circumstances of Smiths signing with the Knicks and rumors circulated that perhaps the exciting and athletic shooting guard may not have received the offer sheets he was expecting. It is well known that JR Smith is a shoot first, think later type of guy that can shoot you in to a game or in some cases out of a game and after his sub-par 2011/12 season it is obvious to many why he may not have been pursued by a majority of franchises.
That aside, JR Smith is one of the most athletic, offensively gifted 2 guards in the league and his ability to make an impact of the bench is well noted by many, he is a proven scorer and has shown that he has the ability to make and take game winning shots (with 2 buzzer beaters to his name already this season).
With this in mind lets take a look at JR Smiths statistics over the 2012/13 season thus far
Now JR Smiths contract consists of a two year deal, the first paying him 2.8 million dollars and the second as a player option. JR is an integral part of this current Knicks roster, however prior to the season he stated his disappointment over not receiving the starting 2 guard spot and only time will tell if he has accepted his role as the Knicks ever-ready sixth man and also if he chooses to stay a Knick or chase a bigger, more appealing contract.
One thing is for sure, right here and now in the 2012/13 season JR Smith is certainly in the running for sixth man of the year and there is no escaping the fact that he will be an integral part of the Knicks playoff run.
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