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In his 35 games with New York last season, Smith was averaging 12.5 points per game—and that's coming off the bench!
Although J.R. can be described as a streaky shooter, he's lethal from downtown when he's on point.
No. 8 shot 35 percent from beyond the arc last season, which is close to his career average of 37 percent.
With the second unit consisting of Jason Kidd, J.R. Smith, Steve Novak, Rasheed Wallace and Marcus Camby, it's obvious this cast makes Smith that much better.
Kidd will look to get Smith the ball to score, and Sheed and Marcus will look to grab some offensive boards to give J.R. and New York second-chance opportunities, but that's not all.
Smith is excellent at spacing out the floor and forcing the defense to spread out, which should create a shot for Steve Novak.
Basketball is a team sport and Smith will become a team player.
Voters will be impressed by No. 8's newly developed game and toss him a point or two on the ballots.