NY Knicks: Breaking Down Why J.R. Smith Deserves a Bigger Role Next Season

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NY Knicks: Breaking Down Why J.R. Smith Deserves a Bigger Role Next Season
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J.R. Smith joined the New York Knicks midseason and immediately made a major impact on both ends of the floor.

In only 35 games, Smith averaged 12.5 points, 3.9 rebounds and 2.4 assists per game. On defense, he hustled all over the court and averaged 1.5 steals per game.

Even though the Knicks were defeated by the Miami Heat last night to officially end their 2011-2012 season, they should feel hopeful that if everyone returns next year they will certainly improve in 2012-2013.     

Here are the reasons why the Knicks need to not only make sure J.R. Smith stays with the Knicks next season, but why he needs a much bigger role. 

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