View Full Version : Hollinger: J.R. Smith will win MIP, might score 20+ and be the 3-point leader

10-22-2008, 01:00 AM

The 2008-09 Most Improved Player

J.R. Smith, Nuggets
If I had to bet on one player to bust out in 2008-09, he is the guy. Actually, Smith busted out at the end of last season, but it didn't become a big story because he wasn't playing that much. In the final 30 games, he averaged 15.7 points in just 21.8 minutes; per minute, he scored almost exactly as much as Kobe Bryant. That he did this while hitting 40.3 percent of his 3s and 46.1 percent overall indicates that he wasn't just out there throwing up slop, either. The guy can really fill it up, and he will do it in far greater quantity if given the chance.

He should get more opportunities to do so this season, especially if Allen Iverson is traded at midseason. The Nuggets are so thin that he'll have to play almost 25-30 minutes a game. If so, there's a good chance he'll break the 20-point plateau in scoring while leading the league in 3-pointers.Hollinger (http://sports.espn.go.com/nba/columns/story?columnist=hollinger_john&page=All-Breakout-Team-081020)

10-22-2008, 02:45 AM
:clap: Hopefully JR is in the 3-Point shootout this year. And AI is in the PG obstical course thing. Not to mention the AS game.

10-22-2008, 07:47 PM
he can do it, ai aint going no where except PG though

10-23-2008, 09:58 AM
I think Jr is going to get a shade under 20, maybe around 18 or 19, if not exactly 20.
Something like, 19ppg, 3reb, 3apg 1.4 spg .430% from 3pt
Thats what I would like to see