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With Iman Shumpert out for the first chunk of the schedule, J.R. Smith's season could go one of two ways. Unfortunately, none of them end happily for him.
Behind door number one is a scenario in which Woodson puts an emphasis on replacing his sophomore shooting guard's defensive ability.
In that case, Smith would still get north of 20 minutes per game, but he would be in a timeshare with newly-acquired stopper Ronnie Brewer. Not only would he likely be offended for not getting an earnest opportunity to start, but once Shumpert returns, he'd be splitting backup minutes with Brewer and possibly Kidd.
After starting just seven NBA games in the last three seasons, Smith would want something more. But what if he gets that starting opportunity in Shumpert's absence?
Well, basically the same way. Shumpert is brimming with potential and is the future at shooting guard for the Knicks. Unless Smith shows a level of production previously unseen in his professional career, he'd end up on the bench once again, forced to go from temporary starter to the reduced minutes of a role player.
Smith may not have proven his skills over the course of his eight-year career, but he has certainly displayed his confidence in them. If there's a starting job available and he ends up coming off the bench, one way or another, he will not be happy.