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    J.R. Smith thinks he belongs on the All-Star team

    love to see it, but just hope he stays within the team concept and doesn't try to do too much to become an allstar. Just do what you've been doing.



    J.R. Smith thinks he belongs on the All-Star team
    By MARC BERMAN
    Last Updated: 6:21 AM, January 5, 2013
    Posted: 12:55 AM, January 5, 2013
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    ORLANDO, Fla. — J.R. Smith has loftier goals than winning this year’s NBA Sixth Man Award. Smith, amid the best season of his career, has eyes on the All-Star Game, as a participant, not a reveler.

    Unsolicited, Smith told The Post he believes he should be considered for an All-Star selection for the first time in his career.

    The super sub has scored 20-plus points in five straight games entering tonight’s match in Orlando — a first in his nine-season career. The shooting guard also is the first Knick to score 20-plus points in four straight games off the bench. Smith’s pair of spectacular December buzzer-beaters is another notch in his belt. He has defended with more tenacity than ever before, rebounded and racked up his share of assists.



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    HOOP-SMITH: J.R. Smith jams home a spectacular reverse alley-oop dunk during Thursday night’s 100-83 win over the Spurs, the kind of play he tells The Post should get him an All-Star berth.

    “My eyes are on being an All-Star, honestly,’’ Smith told The Post late Thursday after the Knicks hammered the mighty Spurs. “I’m not focusing on Sixth Man. Sixth Man is more long-term, honestly, end of the year. My individual goal right now is All-Star, then I’ll think about the Sixth Man. I’m trying to be that All-Star coming off the bench for my team.’’

    Smith was devastated when coach Mike Woodson told him during training camp he envisioned him coming off the bench. It is rare for a bench player to be viewed as an All-Star, but Smith’s season has been eye-opening.

    Smith is not on the All-Star ballot. All-Star fan voting to select the starters ends Jan. 14. The coaches have until Jan. 24 to submit their ballots.

    Smith has three weeks to get his peers thinking about him in that light despite what had been an uneven reputation. Smith, with his new commitment to defense, is arguably tied with Tyson Chandler as the second-most important Knick after Carmelo Anthony.

    Anthony, who will be voted in as a starting forward, has finally seen Smith, his former Nuggets teammate, live up to his athleticism.

    “J.R. has been playing extremely well the past 10, 15 games,’’ Anthony said. “He’s locked in and focused. That’s the J.R. I know. I’ve been with him seven years now. I’ve seen that potential all along.’’

    Smith is averaging 16.6 points in 33 minutes. He said in November he had changed his ways this season — less partying, more practicing. His frenetic defensive energy often gets overshadowed by his outrageous plays on offense.

    Smith’s alley-oop, one-handed reverse dunk against the Spurs on Thursday was a prefect capper to the Knicks’ 100-83 rout. He caught Pablo Prigioni’s pass low, in midair and flushed it down backward over his head. Anthony leapt from the bench, along with his teammates, downright giddy.

    “You see me come off the bench, that’s self explanatory,’’ Anthony said. “All you have to do is look at that.’’

    Woodson’s move with Smith would pay dividends should he win Sixth Man. Smith is competing with Jamal Crawford of the Clippers and Ryan Anderson of the Hornets. Smith credited Woodson and assistant Herb Williams for his scoring spree — emphasizing his footwork and better shot selection.

    “That was the whole idea coming into this season, putting him in a position as a guy coming off the bench as a guy that can lead the league or score a lot of points,’’ Woodson said. “We’re putting him in position to do that. I think he’s starting to step up and be more patient about his play. He’s trying to do it on both ends of the floor.’’

    Credit Woodson for getting Smith to use his athleticism on defense. He’s averaging 5.2 rebounds and 2.8 assists. Woodson fell in love with Smith last season when Knicks director of player personnel Mark Warkentien, a former Nuggets general manager, lobbied to sign him after Smith bolted the Chinese league.

    “That’s what’s so nice about it,’’ Woodson said. “He’s not just committing to the offensive end. He’s trying to defend, rebound.’’

    Prigioni is getting more action in point guard Raymond Felton’s absence, and is starting to click with Smith on the second unit. That alley-oop is only the start.

    “I like him a lot,’’ Prigioni said. “It doesn’t matter where you pass the ball. He will catch it and ... he will bang the ball, because I thought the pass was too low. He’s amazing.’’

    Smith’s days of posting on Twitter naked photos of women on his bed on the road are over.

    “It’s about keeping myself inside the gym more than anything,’’ Smith said. “I’m staying more focused and right now it’s paying off.”



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    He's averaging 16 & 5 off the bench... That's about what Rip Hamilton, Ray Allen, & Mo Williams averaged in recent years

    They got it because they were on one of the top winning teams each year so it is possible

    He also has some highlights dunks and GW's... Maybe he's a sure thing if injuries occur

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    he has a case... but only JR would come out and say that...lol

    i dont want him to make it... he'd want more money

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    Quote Originally Posted by nycericanguy View Post
    he has a case... but only JR would come out and say that...lol

    i dont want him to make it... he'd want more money
    Im worried about that, the most we can possibly offer him around a 4 yr 25 million dollars contract (104.5 % average nba salary plus 7.5% increase for up to 4 years total)...

    on the open market assuming the knicks do well conference finals/he makes all star game....he gets a contract around 4 yr averaging 7-8 million(that's being pessimistic)...he'd be an idiot to decline

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    Quote Originally Posted by nycericanguy View Post
    he has a case... but only JR would come out and say that...lol

    i dont want him to make it... he'd want more money
    he already earned the 175% raise which puts him at 4.5 mil and MLE is just over 5 mil so I think he's a knick next yr with the raise, no way a guy who is your 2nd best player plays for under 3 mil next year.



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    Just when you think JR has gotten his ***** together, he pulls this off. He just could'nt wait for coaches to make a case about getting him in based on his performance so far. He can forget it now. Don't get me wrong, I love the guy so far this year, I'm greatly impressed. You just don't come out and say I should be there! We all know it....They know it too...You just could'nt wait for it to come naturally. Shame.

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    Gotta love JR but he has a very slim chance of making the all star game.


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    Where is the quote that he thinks he belongs? Maybe I missed it but all I really saw was him saying that making the all star game is a goal right now.

    It looks to me like Berman is twisting his words...shocker.

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    Quote Originally Posted by still a fan View Post
    he already earned the 175% raise which puts him at 4.5 mil and MLE is just over 5 mil so I think he's a knick next yr with the raise, no way a guy who is your 2nd best player plays for under 3 mil next year.
    i mean more than we can offer.

    an all star guard in his prime rarely signs for $5m...

    that "all star" next to his name would hurt us, just like Lee in 2010

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    Quote Originally Posted by still a fan View Post
    he already earned the 175% raise which puts him at 4.5 mil and MLE is just over 5 mil so I think he's a knick next yr with the raise, no way a guy who is your 2nd best player plays for under 3 mil next year.
    early bird right means he could either get 175% increase or the 4.5% increase average nba salary the previous seasons which is a little over 5 million.

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    Quote Originally Posted by thepearl View Post
    Just when you think JR has gotten his ***** together, he pulls this off. He just could'nt wait for coaches to make a case about getting him in based on his performance so far. He can forget it now. Don't get me wrong, I love the guy so far this year, I'm greatly impressed. You just don't come out and say I should be there! We all know it....They know it too...You just could'nt wait for it to come naturally. Shame.
    so what your accusing JR of you are actually doing?

    You are putting words in his mouth which is wrong............I always tell posters when you read an article look for the " followed by the ", this by law has to be accurate.

    all the other crap is just writers attention grabbers.

    JR is perfectly good with what he said and you want your player to feel he is allstar caliber.

    I've seen this every year with players on the bubble, and David Lee said basically the same thing and went to the allstar game that yr.

    Sometimes if you don't mention things yourself you go under the radar.

    Its not like JR is getting ESPN headlines for the allstar game now is it?

    The guy isn't even on the Ballot?


    "My individual goal right now is to be an allstar, later then I'll worry about 6th man which is down the road"


    Nobody and I mean nobody should have a problem with that, why shouldn't he have a goal to be an allstar?

    The guy didn't say he deserves it he said goal, Berman did the rest.


    Be careful, its not fair to the players when your making statements that you didn't even hear?

    Its a little pet peeve of mine as you can tell because fans do this all the time and take articles as gospel and its not right nor fair.



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    It would be funny if JR made a Allstar team before he could make a start for us.
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    Quote Originally Posted by still a fan View Post
    so what your accusing JR of you are actually doing?

    You are putting words in his mouth which is wrong............I always tell posters when you read an article look for the " followed by the ", this by law has to be accurate.

    all the other crap is just writers attention grabbers.

    JR is perfectly good with what he said and you want your player to feel he is allstar caliber.

    I've seen this every year with players on the bubble, and David Lee said basically the same thing and went to the allstar game that yr.

    Sometimes if you don't mention things yourself you go under the radar.

    Its not like JR is getting ESPN headlines for the allstar game now is it?

    The guy isn't even on the Ballot?


    "My individual goal right now is to be an allstar, later then I'll worry about 6th man which is down the road"


    Nobody and I mean nobody should have a problem with that, why shouldn't he have a goal to be an allstar?

    The guy didn't say he deserves it he said goal, Berman did the rest.


    Be careful, its not fair to the players when your making statements that you didn't even hear?

    Its a little pet peeve of mine as you can tell because fans do this all the time and take articles as gospel and its not right nor fair.
    ........ just kidding ...you are right..... Especially with Berman!

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    Quote Originally Posted by javaid64 View Post
    early bird right means he could either get 175% increase or the 4.5% increase average nba salary the previous seasons which is a little over 5 million.
    yep thats correct so he gets the same amount unless a team under the cap goes hog crazy and gives him something he can't refuse.

    So teams like Pistons, Hawks, Cats, Bucks, Jazz, dallas, Minny and more can make an offer over 8 mil easily to entice him.



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    Quote Originally Posted by nycericanguy View Post
    he has a case... but only JR would come out and say that...lol

    i dont want him to make it... he'd want more money
    Chandler says it every time he is asked.

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