Last season, the Knicks finished 21st in the NBA in three-point shooting percentage. The team launched up an average of 23.3 shots from long range each game while hitting just over 33 percent of those attempts.
Ironically, the 'Bockers possessed the league's most prolific three-point shooter in Steve Novak a year ago, but still ranked in the bottom third of the NBA in sinking shots from behind the arc.
JR Smith did not seem to get into a rhythm last season. As a player who is among the streakiest shooters in the league, Smith was thrown into an awkward situation after he signed with the Knicks.
Sure, the team needed his firepower. However, Smith was just coming back from China and had no time to successfully integrate himself within the offense. As a result, Smith's three-point percentage dropped from 39 percent in 2010-11 to 34.7 percent a year ago.
If Smith can bring that percentage back up toward 40 percent or higher, he is virtually unguardable. He has the quickness to beat you with his first step and can shoot from ridiculously long-range. In the past, teams would just let him take his ambitious outside shots and grab the rebounds.
However, if after a full training camp with the Knicks this offseason, Smith can find a consistent role within the offense, he could break out in a big way this year.
Check out the video above. It shows Smith going off for 25 points and hitting seven of 10 shots from beyond the arc against the Boston Celtics this past April. Nobody is ever going to shoot 70 percent from three-point range with any consistency. However, Smith has the ability to take over games and open up the offense for the Knicks ball handlers to penetrate. That in and of itself makes him valuable to an offense.