Oct 12, 2012; Champaign, IL, USA; Cleveland Cavaliers forward Samardo Samuels (right) and Chicago Bulls center Nazr Mohammed (48) fight for a loose ball during the fourth quarter at Assembly Hall. Mandatory Credit: Bradley Leeb-US PRESSWIRE

New York Knicks: Is J.R. Smith an All-Star?

December 28, 2012; Sacramento, CA, USA; New York Knicks guard J.R. Smith (8) prepares to attempt a shot against the Sacramento Kings in the second quarter at Sleep Train Arena. Mandatory Credit: Cary Edmondson-USA TODAY Sports

J.R. Smith is one of the candidates for the NBA Sixth Man award this year, but according to NY post, the energetic 6′ 6″ guard has his crosshair set on something better – being an All-Star:

“My eyes are on being an All-Star, honestly,”

“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.’’ – J.R. Smith

While Carmelo Anthony is having an MVP-like season for New York, J.R. Smith has really established himself as the catalyst for Knicks’ success. Smith is averaging career-highs in points (16.6) and rebounds (5.2) and has filled in nicely on the defensive end, in the absence of Iman Shumpert.

To his credit, Smith is coming off a great month of December, in which he hit two game-winning shots in almost identical fashion. (You can watch those shots here and here). He has also entertained the Madison Square Garden with dunks like this.

Despite having the best season of his career, it is very rare that non-starters end up making the All-Star team, as it is tough to match the numbers of other team’s starters when you come off the bench.

Smith is not on the All-Star ballot and the coaches have until January 24 to submit their ballots.

What do you think, is J.R. Smith worthy of a spot on the Eastern Conference All-Star team? Let us know in the comment section below.


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