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Who didn't expect J.R. Smith to be on this list?
Smith's been on George Karl's bad side for the longest. His disobedience, immaturity, and inconsistency have taken a toll on the cancer-surviving coach, and enough is enough.
Smith could easily be the best player on the court when the Nuggets play. He's got the unparalleled athletic ability and range that starts at the main door to the arena.
What he doesn't have is maturity—which I thought would have come by now, in his seventh year in the league—nor does he possess the wisdom to know which shots are excessive.
J.R. Smith could end up being detrimental to the Denver Nuggets as they move forward, so it's time they give him the pink slip and his one-month notice. He doesn't have to go home, but he's got to get out of Denver.
Smith, in my opinion, would thrive in a position where he could be the focal point of the organization. Somewhere like Utah or Minnesota, where he could play alongside a dominant big man.
Hopefully this will be a humbling experience for him, or else he's going to find himself wandering by the wayside very soon.