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J.R. Smith is a true wild card here at No. 3. Despite averaging just 12.5 points a game this season, accompanied by 2.4 assists and 3.9 rebounds, Smith is one of the better shooting guards in the Atlantic Division.
He began his season in China as a result of the lockout we all know too well. He was forced to miss training camp, which is vital to develop chemistry, especially on a new team. Smith also missed part of the regular season further setting him back with gaining comfort with his new teammates. He also was forced into a role in New York that was not his strength.
Smith has a great ability to come off of the bench and give you 20 points any night and play hard-nose defense, but in his first season in New York, he was forced to try to create shots for his teammates and run the offense. His production dipped as a result of being uncomfortable and playing the wrong role.
His defensive awareness also suffered. Smith can shoot the lights out of the ball when he is in rhythm and comfortable. With a full offseason and training camp coming up, he will gain the reps he needs to return to one of the top shooting guards in the Atlantic Division.