J.R Smith is having an amazing season with the New York Knicks and while his name is being mentioned in Sixth Man of the Year talks, there’s something else he has his eye on. Read more after the jump.
Providing 16.7 points per g and 5.2 rebounds per game, Smith has been a key part of the Knicks success so much so that he wants to be rewarded accordingly.
“My eyes are on being an All-Star, honestly,’’ Smith told The Post late Thursday after the Knicks hammered the mighty Spurs. “I’m not focusing on Sixth Man. Sixth Man is more long-term, honestly, end of the year. My individual goal right now is All-Star, then I’ll think about the Sixth Man. I’m trying to be that All-Star coming off the bench for my team.’’
It might sound crazy, Smith’s name isn’t even on the All-Star ballot, but it’s not a crazy idea at all. While Dwyane Wade and Rajon Rondo are probably guaranteed a spot, Smith can get in as a reserve chosen by the coaches. Deron Williams and Ray Allen haven’t been playing up to par so I don’t think they should be chosen. If Smith makes it, he’ll be the third Knick assuming both Carmelo Anthony and Tyson Chandler make the team.