New York Knicks' J.R Smith Jeopardizes His Hopes Of Best Sixth Man Award

By John Raffel
Jesse Johnson-USA TODAY Sports

It’s widely considered that J.R. Smith of the New York Knicks remains a strong candidate for the NBA‘s Sixth Man of the Year honors.

But to stay in strong consideration, it’s best that Smith avoid poor performances during nationally prominent games such as his showing earlier this week against the Los Angeles Clippers. That was definitely a game for Smith to show that above anything else, he’s the best sixth man in the league.

Smith managed six points and was 1 of 9 in shooting.

There goes the sixth man honors. Well, not really, but Smith would be wise to keep up the steady pace he’s performed all season.

Yes, even the best sixth man in the NBA is allowed a few nights off. The key word is few.

It especially hurt Smith when the Clippers’ Jamal Crawford scored 27 points, since Crawford will also be considered for the sixth man award.

Smith is averaging 16 points, five rebounds and 2.8 assists a game. He deserves a ton of credit for helping the Knicks become strong Eastern Conference contenders. Prior to the Clippers game, Smith had hit in double figures for the last seven games in a row.

He’s also having his best NBA season both offensively and defensively. Smith just needs to avoid games like he had against the Clippers. If he does, he could contend for Sixth Man of the Year honors. He has had strong enough success to merit serious consideration. And the Knicks could find themselves in the NBA Finals, thanks in part to Mr. Smith.

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