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J.R. Smith

31-Year-Old    SF,SG    Cleveland Cavaliers

2016-17 NBA Stats

PTS

8.1

REB

2.3

AST

1.3

STL

1.5

BLK

0.5

2016-17 NBA ROS Projections

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2016-17 Fantasy Basketball Outlook

After serving as a volume scorer off the bench and eventually wearing out his welcome with New Orleans, Denver and New York over the first decade of his career, Smith settled in as a dependable member of Cleveland's supporting cast over the last season and a half. While he b...

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HT: 6' 6"   WT: 225 lbs   DOB: 9/9/1985  College: St. Benedict's Prep School (N.J.)   DRAFTED: 1st Rd, #18 Overall in 2004   Show ContractHide Contract

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Signed a four-year, $57 million contract with the Cavaliers in October of 2016.

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Smith supplied zero points (0-11 FG, 0-7 3Pt), five rebounds, one assist, and one block in 39 minutes during the Cavaliers' 112-108 win against the 76ers on Sunday.

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J.R. Smith NBA Stats – Per Game
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Season Age Team G Min PTS REB AST STL BLK 3PM FG% FT% TO OREB DREB 3PA 3P% FGM FGA FTM FTA
2004-05 18 76 24.5 10.3 2.0 1.9 0.7 0.1 1.1 39.4 68.9 1.4 0.5 1.5 3.7 28.8 3.9 9.8 1.5 2.1
2005-06 19 55 18.0 7.7 2.0 1.1 0.7 0.1 0.9 39.3 82.2 1.0 0.3 1.7 2.5 37.1 2.6 6.7 1.5 1.8
2006-07 20 63 23.3 13.0 2.3 1.4 0.8 0.1 2.4 44.1 81.0 1.3 0.5 1.8 6.1 39.0 4.5 10.2 1.6 2.0
2007-08 21 74 19.2 12.3 2.1 1.7 0.8 0.2 2.1 46.1 71.9 1.5 0.6 1.5 5.3 40.3 4.2 9.1 1.7 2.4
2008-09 22 81 27.7 15.2 3.7 2.8 1.0 0.2 2.2 44.6 75.4 1.9 0.5 3.1 5.6 39.7 5.2 11.7 2.5 3.4
2009-10 23 75 27.8 15.4 3.1 2.4 1.3 0.3 2.1 41.4 70.6 1.9 0.4 2.7 6.2 33.8 5.7 13.8 1.9 2.7
2010-11 24 DEN 79 24.9 12.3 4.1 2.2 1.2 0.2 1.6 43.5 73.8 1.3 0.6 3.5 4.0 39.0 4.3 9.9 2.1 2.8
2011-12 25 NYK 35 27.6 12.5 3.9 2.4 1.5 0.2 1.9 40.7 70.9 1.3 0.8 3.1 5.5 34.7 4.7 11.6 1.1 1.6
2012-13 26 NYK 80 33.5 18.1 5.3 2.7 1.3 0.3 1.9 42.2 76.2 1.7 0.8 4.5 5.5 35.6 6.6 15.6 3.0 3.9
2013-14 27 NYK 74 32.7 14.5 4.0 3.0 0.9 0.3 2.6 41.5 65.2 1.5 0.5 3.5 6.5 39.4 5.4 12.9 1.2 1.9
2014-15 28 CLE 46 31.8 12.7 3.5 2.5 1.4 0.4 2.8 42.5 81.8 1.1 0.6 2.9 7.3 39.0 4.7 11.0 0.6 0.7
2014-15 28 NYK 24 25.8 10.9 2.4 3.4 0.8 0.2 1.3 40.2 69.2 1.9 0.2 2.3 3.8 35.6 4.2 10.5 1.1 1.6
2014-15 28 CLE/NYK 70 29.7 12.1 3.1 2.8 1.2 0.3 2.3 41.7 75.0 1.4 0.4 2.7 6.1 38.3 4.5 10.8 0.8 1.0
2015-16 29 CLE 77 30.7 12.4 2.8 1.7 1.1 0.3 2.6 41.5 63.4 0.8 0.6 2.3 6.6 40.0 4.6 11.0 0.6 0.9
2016-17 30 CLE 15 30.6 8.1 2.3 1.3 1.5 0.5 2.4 30.8 100.0 0.7 0.4 1.9 7.3 33.0 2.7 8.7 0.4 0.4
Rest Of Season Projections 31 CLE 63 32.2 Subscribe now to see our 2016-17 rest of season projections for J.R. Smith
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Age is determined on November 1st of each season.

J.R. Smith NBA Stats – Recent Stat Breakdown
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Time Period G Min PTS REB AST STL BLK 3PM FG% FT% TO OREB DREB 3PA 3P% FGM FGA FTM FTA
Last 7 Days 3 29.0 6.0 1.3 1.3 1.3 0.7 2.0 33.3 0.0 1.3 0.0 1.3 6.0 33.3 2.0 6.0 0.0 0.0
Last 14 Days 6 29.8 4.8 2.2 1.2 1.2 0.5 1.5 23.3 0.0 1.2 0.3 1.8 6.2 24.3 1.7 7.2 0.0 0.0
Last 30 Days 10 30.3 7.2 2.1 1.3 1.5 0.5 2.2 28.4 100.0 1.0 0.3 1.8 6.9 31.9 2.3 8.1 0.4 0.4
Last 5 Games 5 30.4 4.2 2.2 1.4 1.4 0.6 1.4 17.5 0.0 1.2 0.2 2.0 7.0 20.0 1.4 8.0 0.0 0.0
Last 10 Games 10 30.3 7.2 2.1 1.3 1.5 0.5 2.2 28.4 100.0 1.0 0.3 1.8 6.9 31.9 2.3 8.1 0.4 0.4

 

2016-17 NBA Game Log   J.R. Smith
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Date Opp MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO FGM FGA FTM FTA 3PM 3PA OREB DREB FOULS
Dec 2 @CHI 33 9 2 2 1 0 1 3 8 0 0 3 8 0 2 3
Dec 1 LAC 24 3 2 1 1 1 1 1 3 0 0 1 3 0 2 5
Nov 29 @MIL 30 6 0 1 2 1 2 2 7 0 0 2 7 0 0 4
Nov 27 @PHI 39 0 5 1 0 1 0 0 11 0 0 0 7 1 4 2
Nov 25 DAL 26 3 2 2 3 0 2 1 11 0 0 1 10 0 2 3
Nov 23 POR 27 8 2 0 0 0 1 3 3 0 0 2 2 1 1 3
Nov 18 DET 25 9 1 2 2 1 1 3 7 0 0 3 6 0 1 0
Nov 16 @IND Did Not Play
Nov 15 TOR Did Not Play
Nov 13 CHA Did Not Play
Nov 11 @WAS 35 17 4 0 1 0 0 5 11 2 2 5 9 0 4 4
Nov 8 ATL 32 6 2 3 2 0 1 2 13 0 0 2 10 1 1 1
Nov 5 @PHI 32 11 1 1 3 1 1 3 7 2 2 3 7 0 1 2
Nov 3 BOS 35 3 2 2 3 2 0 1 5 0 0 1 4 0 2 5
Nov 1 HOU 34 15 3 2 0 0 0 5 12 0 0 5 11 0 3 3
Oct 29 ORL 28 16 5 1 1 1 0 5 11 2 2 4 10 3 2 4
Oct 28 @TOR 34 8 0 0 3 0 1 3 8 0 0 2 7 0 0 0
Oct 25 NYK 25 8 3 2 1 0 0 3 13 0 0 2 8 0 3 1
J.R. Smith Projections For Upcoming Games – Next 3 Days
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Date Opponent PTS REB AST STL BLK 3PM FG% FT% TO OREB DREB 3PA 3P% FGM FGA FTM FTA
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2.  Iman Shumpert

3.  Mike Dunleavy

4.  Jordan McRae

5.  DeAndre Liggins

6.  James Jones

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True Shooting Percentage

46.0%

True Shooting % in 2016-17

In 2016-17, J.R. Smith has a true shooting percentage of 46.0%.

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J.R. Smith NBA Stats – Per 36 Minutes
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Season Age Team G Min PTS REB AST STL BLK 3PM FG% FT% TO OREB DREB 3PA 3P% FGM FGA FTM FTA
2004-05 18 76 36.0 15.1 2.9 2.7 1.1 0.2 1.6 39.4 68.9 2.1 0.8 2.2 5.4 28.8 5.7 14.5 2.1 3.1
2005-06 19 55 36.0 15.4 4.0 2.1 1.3 0.1 1.9 39.3 82.2 2.0 0.7 3.3 5.1 37.1 5.2 13.3 3.0 3.7
2006-07 20 63 36.0 20.0 3.5 2.2 1.2 0.2 3.6 44.1 81.0 2.1 0.7 2.8 9.3 39.0 7.0 15.8 2.5 3.1
2007-08 21 74 36.0 23.0 3.9 3.2 1.6 0.3 4.0 46.1 71.9 2.8 1.1 2.8 9.9 40.3 7.9 17.1 3.2 4.5
2008-09 22 81 36.0 19.8 4.8 3.6 1.3 0.2 2.9 44.6 75.4 2.4 0.7 4.1 7.3 39.7 6.8 15.2 3.3 4.4
2009-10 23 75 36.0 20.0 4.0 3.2 1.7 0.3 2.7 41.4 70.6 2.4 0.5 3.6 8.1 33.8 7.4 17.8 2.5 3.5
2010-11 24 DEN 79 36.0 17.7 5.9 3.2 1.7 0.3 2.3 43.5 73.8 1.8 0.8 5.1 5.8 39.0 6.2 14.3 3.0 4.0
2011-12 25 NYK 35 36.0 16.2 5.1 3.1 2.0 0.2 2.5 40.7 70.9 1.7 1.1 4.0 7.2 34.7 6.1 15.1 1.5 2.0
2012-13 26 NYK 80 36.0 19.4 5.7 2.9 1.3 0.3 2.1 42.2 76.2 1.8 0.9 4.9 5.9 35.6 7.1 16.8 3.2 4.2
2013-14 27 NYK 74 36.0 15.9 4.4 3.3 1.0 0.3 2.8 41.5 65.2 1.6 0.5 3.9 7.1 39.4 5.9 14.2 1.3 2.1
2014-15 28 CLE 46 36.0 14.4 3.9 2.8 1.6 0.4 3.2 42.5 81.8 1.3 0.6 3.3 8.3 39.0 5.3 12.4 0.7 0.8
2014-15 28 NYK 24 36.0 15.2 3.4 4.7 1.0 0.2 1.9 40.2 69.2 2.6 0.2 3.1 5.2 35.6 5.9 14.6 1.6 2.3
2014-15 28 CLE/NYK 70 36.0 14.7 3.8 3.4 1.4 0.4 2.8 41.7 75.0 1.7 0.5 3.3 7.4 38.3 5.5 13.1 0.9 1.2
2015-16 29 CLE 77 36.0 14.6 3.3 2.0 1.2 0.3 3.1 41.5 63.4 0.9 0.7 2.7 7.8 40.0 5.4 13.0 0.7 1.1
2016-17 30 CLE 15 36.0 9.6 2.7 1.6 1.8 0.6 2.8 30.8 100.0 0.9 0.5 2.2 8.5 33.0 3.1 10.2 0.5 0.5
Rest Of Season Projections 31 CLE 63 36.0 Subscribe now to see our 2016-17 rest of season projections for J.R. Smith
2016-17 Projections 31 CLE 76 36.0 Subscribe now to see our 2016-17 projections for J.R. Smith

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J.R. Smith NBA Stats – Totals
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Season Age Team G Min PTS REB AST STL BLK 3PM FG% FT% TO OREB DREB 3PA 3P% FGM FGA FTM FTA
2004-05 18 76 1859 782 152 142 55 11 81 39.4 68.9 109 39 113 281 28.8 295 748 111 161
2005-06 19 55 989 423 110 58 37 4 52 39.3 82.2 54 19 91 140 37.1 144 366 83 101
2006-07 20 63 1471 819 143 91 49 9 149 44.1 81.0 85 30 113 382 39.0 284 644 102 126
2007-08 21 74 1421 907 152 128 62 12 157 46.1 71.9 112 43 109 390 40.3 311 674 128 178
2008-09 22 81 2244 1233 297 227 78 14 180 44.6 75.4 150 43 254 453 39.7 424 950 205 272
2009-10 23 75 2085 1156 234 183 99 20 158 41.4 70.6 139 28 206 467 33.8 428 1033 142 201
2010-11 24 DEN 79 1968 969 322 175 92 16 124 43.5 73.8 100 45 277 318 39.0 341 784 163 221
2011-12 25 NYK 35 967 436 136 84 54 6 67 40.7 70.9 46 29 107 193 34.7 165 405 39 55
2012-13 26 NYK 80 2678 1446 425 218 100 24 155 42.2 76.2 134 64 361 436 35.6 527 1249 237 311
2013-14 27 NYK 74 2421 1071 296 219 65 20 189 41.5 65.2 108 35 261 480 39.4 396 955 90 138
2014-15 28 CLE 46 1461 586 160 114 64 18 131 42.5 81.8 52 26 134 336 39.0 214 504 27 33
2014-15 28 NYK 24 619 261 58 81 18 4 32 40.2 69.2 45 4 54 90 35.6 101 251 27 39
2014-15 28 CLE/NYK 70 2080 847 218 195 82 22 163 41.7 75.0 97 30 188 426 38.3 315 755 54 72
2015-16 29 CLE 77 2362 955 217 130 81 21 204 41.5 63.4 59 43 174 510 40.0 353 850 45 71
2016-17 30 CLE 15 459 122 34 20 23 8 36 30.8 100.0 11 6 28 109 33.0 40 130 6 6
Rest Of Season Projections 31 CLE 63 2028 Subscribe now to see our 2016-17 rest of season projections for J.R. Smith
2016-17 Projections 31 CLE 76 2303 Subscribe now to see our 2016-17 projections for J.R. Smith

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J.R. Smith NBA Advanced Stats
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Season Age Team G Min TS% eFG% AR TOR AST/TO EFF
2004-05 18 76 24.5 47.8 44.9 13.3 10.2 1.3 7.0
2005-06 19 55 18.0 51.5 46.4 11.1 10.3 1.1 6.1
2006-07 20 63 23.3 58.5 55.7 10.4 9.7 1.1 10.2
2007-08 21 74 19.2 60.3 57.8 12.9 11.3 1.1 9.9
2008-09 22 81 27.7 57.6 54.1 15.7 10.4 1.5 13.7
2009-10 23 75 27.8 51.5 49.1 12.7 9.6 1.3 11.9
2010-11 24 DEN 79 24.9 55.0 51.4 15.1 8.6 1.8 12.3
2011-12 25 NYK 35 27.6 50.8 49.0 15.0 8.2 1.8 11.8
2012-13 26 NYK 80 33.5 52.2 48.4 12.5 7.7 1.6 16.0
2013-14 27 NYK 74 32.7 52.7 51.4 16.3 8.0 2.0 12.9
2014-15 28 CLE 46 31.8 56.5 55.5 16.7 7.6 2.2 12.9
2014-15 28 NYK 24 25.8 48.7 46.6 20.6 11.4 1.8 9.0
2014-15 28 CLE/NYK 70 29.7 53.8 52.5 18.1 9.0 2.0 11.6
2015-16 29 CLE 77 30.7 54.2 53.5 12.1 5.5 2.2 10.7
2016-17 30 CLE 15 30.6 46.0 44.6 12.2 6.7 1.8 7.1
Rest Of Season Projections 31 CLE 63 32.2 Subscribe now to see our 2016-17 rest of season projections for J.R. Smith
2016-17 Projections 31 CLE 76 30.3 Subscribe now to see our 2016-17 projections for J.R. Smith

Age is determined on November 1st of each season.

J.R. Smith: Past News Updates   ( ▲ View most recent update )

Smith (ankle) started at shooting guard and played 25 minutes in Friday's 104-81 win over the Pistons, providing nine points (3-7 FG, 3-6 3Pt), two assists, two steals, one rebound and one block.

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Smith (ankle) will play and start at shooting guard in Friday's game against Detroit, Sam Amico of AmicoHoops.net reports.

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Smith (ankle) went through morning shootaround but is listed as questionable to play in Friday's game against the Pistons, Dave McMenamin of ESPN reports.

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Smith (ankle) has been ruled out for Wednesday's game against the Pacers, Joe Gabriele of Cavs.com reports.

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Smith (ankle) is considered questionable for Wednesday's game against the Pacers.

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Smith (ankle) has been ruled out for Tuesday's game against the Raptors, Joe Vardon of Cleveland.com reports.

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Smith (ankle) is listed as questionable for Tuesday's matchup with the Raptors, Chris Fedor of Cleveland.com reports.

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Smith is nursing a sprained ankle and will sit out Sunday's matchup with the Hornets, Jason Lloyd of the Akron Beacon Journal reports.

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Smith tallied 17 points (5-11 FG, 5-9 3Pt, 2-2 FT), four rebounds and one steal across 35 minutes in Friday's 105-94 win over the Wizards.

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Smith was held to three points (1-5 FG, 1-4 3Pt), three steals, two rebounds, two blocks and one assist across 35 minutes in Thursday's 128-122 win over the Celtics.

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Smith posted 16 points (5-11 FG, 4-10 3Pt, 2-2 FT), five rebounds, one assist and one steal across 28 minutes in Saturday's 105-99 win over the Magic.

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Smith started at shooting guard and played 25 minutes in Tuesday's 117-88 win over the Knicks, tallying eight points (3-13 FG, 2-8 3Pt), three rebounds, two assists and one steal.

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2016-17

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2015-16

Throughout his 11-year NBA career, the one word that has seemed to define J.R. Smith has been mercurial. After three and a half seasons in New York, Smith was traded to Cleveland with Iman Shumpert in a deal that sent the also mercurial Dion Waiters to Oklahoma City. In his first four games with the Cavaliers, Smith scored zero, 27, four, and 29 points. For the season, the 6-6 guard averaged 12.1 points, 2.3 three-pointers, 3.1 rebounds, 2.8 assists, 1.2 steals, and 0.3 blocks. He made 42 percent of his field goals and 75 percent of his free throws through his 30 minutes in 70 games. Smith seemed to enjoy starting next to LeBron James and hit 39 percent of his three-pointers after joining the Cavaliers. In the playoffs, Smith's numbers were virtually the same with 12.8 points, 4.7 rebounds, and 1.2 assists as Cleveland marched to the Finals. Opposing defenses have to concentrate on James and Kyrie Irving, so they can leave Smith open at times. He has shown the ability to hit three-pointers in bunches (six games of seven or more three-pointers with Cleveland), but he is a hard player to count on.

2014-15

After being named the NBA's Sixth Man of the Year in 2012-13, Smith began last season serving a five game suspension and shot just 39 percent in 44 games before the All-Star break. However, in the second half of the season, Smith's play improved dramatically, as he averaged 16.6 points, 4.0 rebounds, and 2.9 assists. Furthermore, Smith converted 45 percent of his shot attempts and 42 percent from three-point range in 30 games following the All-Star break. Over the whole season, Smith averaged 33 minutes per game and made 37 starts along the way. In short, the mercurial Smith went through an up-and-down season but finished strong. While an offseason knee procedure possibly contributed toward Smith's slow start last season, the ultra athletic wingman enters this year with a clean bill of health. However, in new coach Derek Fisher's Triangle offense, Smith will have to become a better teammate and trust scoring opportunities will come outside of one-on-one play. While Smith's explosive offensive ability is no secret, neither is his stubbornness or immaturity, which could prevent Fisher from starting him. Regardless, the 28-year-old Smith should enjoy upward of 30 minutes per game, which offers great scoring upside if Smith can overcome some of the headaches that have plagued him in the past.

2013-14

Though he expressed some displeasure about opening the season as the team's sixth man rather than as the starting shooting guard, Smith didn't let a bench role prevent him from piling up big numbers. The trigger-happy Smith finished with averages of 18.1 points, 5.3 rebounds, 2.7 assists and 1.9 threes to take home Sixth Man of the Year award honors. While efficiency isn't Smith's forte, his contributions as a volume scorer and as a respectable rebounder for his size should continue to make him a serviceable fantasy player when he's on the court. However, Smith's availability for the start of the regular season remains in serious question after he underwent a pair of surgeries on his left knee in July, just days after re-upping with the Knicks on a four-year commitment. It's uncertain whether or not Smith will be fully recovered from the procedures heading into the regular season, but even when he gets healthy, he'll have to sit out five games for a violation of the league's drug policy. Those red flags are enough to make Smith one of the more riskier players to draft at shooting guard, but if you can handcuff him with a capable replacement in the short-term, he should offer plenty of value going a few rounds later than he normally would in drafts.

2012-13

Smith’s 2011-12 season could best be described as a whirlwind. Due to the uncertainty of a season brought upon by the NBA lockout, Smith elected to sign a contract with the Zhejiang Golden Bulls of the Chinese Basketball Association stipulating that Smith would have to play out the entire season with the team, even though the NBA ultimately opened up shop in December. He would promptly set the Chinese league on fire, averaging 34.4 points per game, including one 60-point effort. In March, he signed with the Knicks just as Linsanity was becoming a worldwide buzzword. Smith re-signed with the Knicks over the offseason, and figures to get the bulk of the minutes at shooting guard with Landry Fields in Toronto and Iman Shumpert recovering from a torn ACL. When you draft Smith, it’s primarily for his ability to hit three pointers and score in bunches. Though he’s not regarded as a good defender, he still chipped in a career-high 1.5 steals in 27.6 minutes per game last season, providing a nice supplement to his scoring totals. Free agent signee Ronnie Brewer may be inserted as the nominal starter at shooting guard for the Knicks, but Smith has proven he can get his shots coming off the bench. The percentages from the field and from three-point range may not be pretty, but the raw numbers should be nice enough to offset that inefficiency.

2011-12

Smith played most of the season in China and returned to sign a deal with the New York Knicks in February. Given Smith's ability to score, steal and especially shoot the three, there's major upside here if circumstances cooperate.

2010-11

In the event that you haven't watched a Denver Nuggets game recently, and aren't entirely sure what J.R. Smith looks like, here's a clue: he's probably the one shooting the ball. It's not just that Smith likes to shoot the ball – he does – it's that he likes to shoot the ball from wherever he happens to be standing. Looking at the leaderboard for three-point attempts per game bears this out. Smith averaged 6.2 three-point attempts while playing 27.8 minutes per game last year. No one else on the leaderboard – not until you get down to Channing Frye of all people and his 4.8 attempts – averaged fewer than 30 minutes per contest. This isn't to say that Smith isn't skilled. He has a legitimately good shot, and he's actually got pretty excellent floor vision, too, but decision-making is a major problem for him. This carries off the court, as well: Smith was involved in a physical altercation at the Nuggets' practice facility in mid-August.

2009-10

Although Smith’s dealing with off-court legal troubles, the most recent of which landed him 24 days in jail and 500 hours of community service, it’s hard not to be optimistic about his fantasy potential on the court. After a slow start to the season, Smith finished on a high note, putting up top-50 numbers after the All-Star break with averages of 17.9 points, 3.3 rebounds, 2.9 assists, 2.9 treys and 0.8 steals on a respectable 46.6 percent from the field. He’s in line to get even more minutes this season with Dahntay Jones in Indiana and should be a bigger part of the offensive game plan with Linas Kleiza off to play in Greece. Moreover, the Nuggets’ lack of depth at the swingman positions will really force coach George Karl into playing Smith big minutes. Smith will have a good shot at leading the league in three-pointers made and will also provide owners with modest contributions in points, assists, steals and free-throw percentage. We’re looking at potential top-50 player here who will be a break-even-type pick at worst if you draft him in the late-middle rounds.

2008-09

Smith is an inconsistent talent, sometimes disappearing from games completely while in others becoming the focal point of Denver’s offense. Still, one thing typically remains consistent, and that’s Smith’s ability to produce in the 3-point category. He hit five-plus threes in a remarkable eight games last season, finishing with 2.1 3pg, which was good for 10th in the league. He also made 40.3 percent of his 3-point attempts, setting a Nuggets franchise record. Smith doesn’t offer much else, but he won’t kill you in any area, either. He re-signed with Denver to a three-year contract over the offseason, and it’s good news that he remains in such a high-scoring offense.

2007-08

Smith had a chance last year to show everyone he was the answer at scoring guard. Instead he flashed gobs of potential from a scoring aspect but brought little else. The end result was the club trading for Allen Iverson and Smith’s demotion to a 15-20 minute a night back-up specializing in 3-pointers. That won’t change this year and with Chucky Atkins on board, a guy capable of moving between the 1 and the 2 with ease, Smith may see even less court time. We expect Smith to hoist ~350 3-pointers and hit 35-40% of them during his 13-18 minutes of court time.

2006-07

Smith was brought in for one reason, bring the Nuggets scoring guard position back to respectability. There's no denying the kid has gobs of potential but he just hasn't been able to bring it all together. If any coach can get the most out of Smith it's going to be George Karl who tutored such legendary slackers as Shawn Kemp and Sam Cassell and got them to play to the best of their abilities. Smith can score, and that's what he'll be asked to do a lot of in order to pull attention away from Anthony. Unfortunately, he'll also be asked to play solid defense which was Karl's main knock on him in camp and could derail his chances to become the staple at SG. Smith is definitely one to keep an eye on early in the preseason. If Karl starts talking about his defense improving then that's your key to try and grab Smith late in your draft as he's likely to see close to 32 minutes a night with 12-14 points, 4-5 rebounds, 2-3 assists, 1-2 steals, and good FT%. If Karl keeps talking about rookie Yakhouba Diawara and/or DerMarr Johnson and how they're willing to play defense then stay away from Smith and let someone else take the chance on a guy who probably won't see a whole lot of action during crunch time.

2005-06

Smith could be on the verge of breaking out as a second year player. As a rookie straight out of high school, Smith produced very respectable numbers post All-Star break by averaging 14.7 points and 1.3 treys per game. Smith is a high-flying 6-6 athlete that has the mindset to try to dunk on every drive, while also possessing a silky shooting touch from long range. This season Smith will be joined in the backcourt by rookie point guard Chris Paul, whose dynamic talents as a distributor and scorer should help Smith produce larger numbers as a sophomore. It would not be surprising for the 19 year-old Smith to average more points than his age this season.

2004-05

Although Smith was drafted straight out of high school, he has the size and shooting range to contribute right away.

2003-04

Has a 44" vertical, very deep three-point range, and already has an NBA body. Not great defender. No real mid-range shot. Either jacks up a deep three or takes defender off the dribble.