I think he just may have Amare beat out because of his all around game. JR is playing both sides of the ball and has been incredibly efficient. He's shooting 73% from behind the arc!!! Omg!! He's playing mistake free basketball and he's leaving it out there on the court. I actually dont think there's a 2 guard in the east that's playing better.
I think we all know that JR can get a shot off whenever he wants. But I'm sorry, he's been totally unguardable this season. Most of his shots, he creates on his own. His defense is just as good as anyone's on the team. Think we shoudve put him on Tony Parker last night too.
He stands at the best and most efficient shooting guard in the league. And to be honest with you, I'm not expecting much of a drop off. Of course his 3pt shooting is gonna come down to some earthly numbers but he's locked in. You guys act as if he doesn't have the talent. We all knew he had the talent but it was a maturity thing for him. Credit Mike Woodson for the new JR. Seems like he's finally tapping into all that potential.
People are saying that Shumpert is going to come back and be the best perimeter player on the team after Carmelo Anthony. I think that's saying a WHOLE lot right now.
I've seen JR Smiths career since he was in Charlotte, and almost traded to the Bulls (I bet they hate they let him go to Denver now). This is 2x better than he's ever played. He's always been an aggressive defender, just not a smart one. Overly aggressive, and too much gambling. Right now, he's simply reeling his talent in (as EVERYBODY knows he has massive talent) and playing smart basketball. And I think he can only get better, he's essentially playing exactly like James Harden did for the Thunder. How they hell are the Knicks going to be able to pay him? LOL. But there's only been 6 games, and JR still shows lapses in decisions. The difference I can see in him, is he's more willing to get closer to take shots (I don't like the 20 footers, but the fadeaways within 10 ft are what he needs to find, and finish stronger at the rack). Still a jumpshooter, and he should be more as a slasher. I hope he keeps it up though. Nuggets fans used to call him Jerenaline when he had it going, because he just wouldn't stop hitting and taking big 3s if he felt he had it going. Once he cooled off though, he'd shoot you out of a game and wouldn't stop. I think that part of his game is gone.
But no, he's not better than Amare. And Felton's more important. Right about now, he and Chandler are close though.
But you just have to laugh at the thought that the Knicks are old. I just can't believe that a guy that's supposed to be Mr. NBA in Stephen A Smith keeps spewing that garbage.
The core of the Knicks are basically in their prime, plus Iman Shumpert who is a guy that is capable of making Tony Parker invisible is about to enter his 2nd year as a pro.
The idea that this team has a 2-3 year window to succeed is idiotic. This team could go strong for 5 years at least. in 2 years, they will be able to make huge adjustments around their core to maybe be even better. I mean Felton is younger than Melo and is the biggest bargain in the NBA for 3 million.
But they have the audacity to call teams like the Heat who feature heavily Mike Miller/Battier (who guards the best players on the floor whether its sg or pf for them)/ Ray Allen and Rashard Lewis. Meanwhile, Wade's health seems to be more of an issue than Amare's and he's older.
The Celtics who have 3 of their 4 best players over 35 years old. Added in some young guys, and they're supposed to run through the East? This is their last year of contending IMO.
The Lakers....nuff said.
The Spurs...nuff said
The Knicks don't rely much on guys over the age of 30 years old. Jason Kidd gets to pick his spots on the team playing the 2, and there are multiple suitable guys to replace him there that are not old. He's just very good. Camby hasn't even made an impact yet, and the way the roster is unfolding seems like he will be very limited when Amare gets back.