Smith rewarded for sterling season off the bench.
New York Knicks star J.R. Smith has been named the 2013 NBA Sixth Man of the Year after an incredible year off the bench in the Big Apple.
Smith, who came off the bench in all 80 games in which he appeared, led all reserves in scoring with his average of 18.1 points. In addition, he contributed 5.3 RPG, 2.7 APG and 1.3 SPG in 33.5 minutes per game.
Watch some of his best plays from the 2012-13 season in the video below:
The 27-year-old helped the Knicks to 54-28 regular season record, as they went on to secure the second seed in the Eastern Conference. He will now be hoping to extend his good form in the opening round play-off series against the Boston Celtics, in which the Knicks lead 1-0.
Los Angeles Clippers reserve Jamal Crawford finished in second place for the award, while Jarrett Jack of the Golden State Warriors made up the top three. However, neither came close to snatching the title off Smith, who was comfortably ahead in the voting.
Smith is a deserved winner considering the season he had, scoring 30-points or more on seven occasions, while adding 29 20-point or more games to his season’s total. He also became the first player in 23 years to score 30-points or more off the bench in the same month.
Watch his interview below as he discusses winning the NBA Sixth Man of the Year award: