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J.R. Smith | Guard/Forward

Team: New York Knicks
Age / DOB:  (29) / 9/9/1985
Ht / Wt:  6'6' / 220
College: None
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J.R. Smith battled through a back injury against the Cavs on Thursday, finishing with 11 points, one rebound, seven assists, two steals and one 3-pointer on 5-of-10 from the field.
He only had two games with seven or more assists last season, so the dimes are a big surprises. Smith has been dealing with a back issue for basically the past month and it's something he might have to endure throughout the season. He's a low-end fantasy option. Oct 31 - 12:39 AM

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J.R. Smith tweaked his back against the Cavs and returned to the game

He has dealt with back issues for much of the preseason and this might linger during the season. Smith is behind in learning the triangle offense, so his owners will have to be patient.
Oct 30 - 8:44 PM

J.R. Smith came off the Knicks' bench on Wednesday, scoring six points on 2-of-8 shooting with one rebound and three assists.

Smith also posted a +/- rating of -22 in just 22 minutes. The former Sixth-Man of the Year has admitted that he feels lost in the Knicks' new triangle offense and that was evident tonight, but in fairness he was limited by back spasms throughout the preseason. With increased competition at SG this year, there's no reason to touch J.R. unless you're in dire need of scoring and 3-pointers.
Oct 30 - 1:49 AM

J.R. Smith said that he doesn't know when to shoot in the triangle offense.

"[I'm] Thinking too much," Smith said. "It’s just not [being] really sure where my shots come at. I don’t want to take it early, but I’m getting good looks early. Just got to keep running the offense and trust the offense. Hopefully it will come." Smith ended his forgettable preseason by going 1-of-11 from the field, and he has made numerous comments about struggling to adjust his game to the triangle offense. He'll likely eventually get things turned around, but there will be many poor showings to start off the year.
Oct 26 - 11:22 AM

J.R. Smith's back spasms visibly bothered him during Friday's preseason finale, and he missed 10 of his 11 shot attempts to finish with two points and four rebounds in 29 minutes.

Smith seems destined for a bench role under coach Derek Fisher, who has thus far favored Iman Shumpert at SG ahead of Smith and Tim Hardaway Jr. Smith won the Sixth-Man of the Year award in 2013 and can still return late-round fantasy value in a reserve role, though he said before the season that he wanted to be a starter. With an uncertain role and a back injury nagging at him to start the season, Smith isn't the most desirable fantasy option.
Oct 24 - 10:15 PM

J.R. Smith admitted during a recent interview that he's been struggling with adjusting his game to the triangle offense.

"I mean, believe it or not, being the type of player I’ve been, it’s a struggle. I’m not going to lie," said Smith of adjusting his game to the triangle offense. "Trying to think about the rest of the team over myself or my scoring is something that I never really had to do before." Smith didn't really have any good games throughout the preseason, and with Tim Hardaway Jr. and Iman Shumpert nipping at his heels for playing time, he's not worth much more than a late-round flier in standard leagues for owners seeking some 3-point shooting.
Source: NBC Sports
Oct 24 - 2:13 PM

J.R. Smith (back) experienced back spasms during Tuesday's practice and may miss Wednesday's exhibition game against the Wizards.

Smith was sidelined by back spasms during last week's exhibition game against the 76ers, so this isn't a new injury. While the back spasms are a concern with the regular season a week away, Smith's role on the Knicks is the more worrisome issue. While the 29-year-old can still be a solid source of three-pointers in a bench role, the presence of Tim Hardaway Jr. and Iman Shumpert will keep Smith from being more than a late-round pick in standard fantasy leagues.
Oct 21 - 1:49 PM

J.R. Smith was briefly sidelined by back spasms on Tuesday, but he returned to finish with four points on 1-for-7 shooting in 23 minutes.

"[The back spasms] have been going back and forth the last few days, but it’s all right," Smith said. The bigger concern for fantasy owners is how big a role Smith will have this season. He faces renewed competition from Iman Shumpert and Tim Hardaway Jr., and he conceded that the triangle offense could take "a few months" to operate smoothly.
Oct 15 - 9:46 AM

J.R. Smith came off the bench again on Tuesday and hit just 1-of-7 shots for four points, one rebound, four assists and two steals in 23 minutes.

He wants to start at shooting guard, but we're starting to get the feeling Iman Shumpert is the favorite for the job. Smith will also have to get used to splitting minutes with Tim Hardaway off the bench, and Hardaway has been the more consistent player this preseason. Smith is still worth a late fantasy flier and will have some big games, but he'll have some duds like this one, too.
Oct 14 - 10:00 PM

J.R. Smith hit 6-of-9 shot and two 3-pointers for 14 points, one rebound, two assists and a steal in just 19 minutes on Saturday.

Smith didn't start tonight and it remains to be seen if he starts on opening night. Either way, he's a volume shooter, and while he won't do your field goal percentage any favors, he is going to have some big scoring nights for the Knicks. But he'll also have some terrible shooting nights, as well.
Oct 11 - 10:12 PM

J.R. Smith said it will take at least two months for the Knicks to get comfortable enough to where the triangle offense is second nature.

Smith added that the offensive reads of the triangle offense take the most adjustment as they require more quick thinking than the isolation play that he's used to.The 29-year-old is a risky fantasy pick due to his career 42.5 field goal percentage, but his career-high 2.6 three-pointers per game in 2013-14 show the reward that can be waiting for fantasy owners willing to take a risk on Smith towards the end of their drafts.
Oct 9 - 9:09 AM

J.R. Smith started at shooting guard on Wednesday and hit 3-of-8 shots and a 3-pointer for seven points and four rebounds in 19 minutes.

It remains to be seen if he'll be starting on opening night, but all signs are pointing in that direction. And when he gets hot, he's a fun to own as any player in the league. But when things go south, they go south quickly. However, given how late you can get him in your draft, there's not much risk involved with rolling the dice on Smith.
Oct 9 - 12:18 AM

J.R. Smith has been playing the lead guard role in triangle offense drills at Knicks training camp on Thursday.

We'll take this news with a grain of salt since it's just one day of practice, but it's not like the Knicks have untouchable lead guard options in Jose Calderon and Shane Larkin either. While Smith brings the fantasy baggage of a poor field goal percentage, he averaged a career-high 2.6 three-pointers per game during the 2013-14 season and can still provide his owners with solid scoring and assist numbers.
Oct 2 - 12:21 PM

When asked about J.R. Smith, Knicks president Phil Jackson said that it might not be possible to eliminate Smith's immature behavior.

The Knicks have Iman Shumpert and Tim Hardaway Jr. waiting in the wings at SG, and Jackson would probably love to unload the $12.3 million Smith is owed over the next two seasons. "[Smith] might be one of those guys that’s a little bit like Dennis Rodman that has an outlier kind of side to him," Jackson said. "But I’m gonna get to know him as we go along, and we’ll find a way to either make him a very useful player on our organization, or whatever." Smith's adequate scoring and assists, combined with copious 3-pointers, makes him a decent late-round option for owners willing to accept his lousy FG percentage.
Sep 24 - 11:08 AM

J.R. Smith said he wants to be a leader for the Knicks this season.

"We've got so many younger guys around," Smith said. "A lot of the older guys left within the last two years. So be more of a leader and help out." He doesn't come across as a guy who leads his team and hasn't been much of a passer either. The new system doesn't look like it'll affect his overall production, making him a late-round pick.
Source: ESPN.com
Aug 22 - 10:17 AM

Depth Charts

All Positions
PosRoleName
PG1Jose Calderon
2Pablo Prigioni
3Shane Larkin
SG1Iman Shumpert
2J.R. Smith
3Tim Hardaway Jr.
SF1Carmelo Anthony
2Cleanthony Early
PF1Jason Smith
2Amare Stoudemire
3Quincy Acy
4Andrea Bargnani
5Travis Wear
C1Samuel Dalembert
2Cole Aldrich