Perseverance. It is a word that sports fans rarely use and usually replace with terms like “washed up” or “useless.” J.R Smith has been a go-to-guy his whole career and is no stranger to controversy, however after trials and tribulations today is a great day for him. Being one of those players you either love or hate, it has been difficult for the former McDonald’s All American to maintain a solid following.
Smith dawns the unusual array of tattoos and is always primed for a great soundbite or infamous tweet. He has also embraced the New York Knicks fans, so they should be extremely happy for him as he reels in the NBA‘s sixth man of the year trophy for the first time in his career. This is just the third time that a Knicks player has received such an honor which is definitely something noteworthy for such a storied franchise.
This is an award that usually goes to bench players who have a tendency to right the ship so to speak, and Smith did just that averaging a career-high 18 points per game and doing it from the bench in all 80 games that he played in.
It’s hard to believe that it took nine years for the former 18th overall pick to get it right, but the decision to sign with the Knicks once again proved to be the right choice. Keep in mind, the Los Angeles Clippers were hot on Smith’s trail prior to this season, but the 27-year-old decided to stay in the Big Apple.