The New York Knicks are coming off an impressive Game 1 win against the Boston Celtics in the 2013 NBA playoffs and even though it’s still early–they may be the last team in the Eastern Conference anybody wants to play. The Knicks are emerged as one of the biggest surprises of the 2012-13 season as they earned the No. 2 seed in the playoffs and one of the main reasons why they were so successful was because of the play of J.R. Smith–which is why it should be no surprise to see the star guard take home Sixth Man of the Year honors.
Smith was officially named the winner of this year’s award on Monday after finishing the regular season by averaging 18.1 points per game to go along with 5.3 rebounds and 2.7 assists. Obviously, these are impressive numbers for any player coming off the bench and the argument can be made that without Smith–the Knicks wouldn’t have won their first Atlantic Division title since 1994 this past season.
New York has the potential to make a strong run in the playoffs after finishing the regular season with a 54-28 record and if this team does make it to the Eastern Conference Finals against the Miami Heat–they’ll need all of the help in the world from their beloved Sixth Man of the Year winner. Smith has proven to be one of the most effective and dangerous shooters over the years and with the type of season he had with the Knicks–this decision on giving him the award seems like a no brainer.
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