JR Smith Achieves Basketball Immortality, Will Always Be Defined By His Penis-Themed Text Messages
Jake ODonnell 12:18 pm, February 22nd, 2016
Sunday night's trouncing of the Oklahoma City Thunder gave the Cleveland Cavaliers a much needed confidence boost as they continue to beat back the memory of January 18th's 34-point home loss to Golden State. Since that game -- and the consequent firing of head coach David Blatt -- the Cavs have gone 12-3, with wins against San Antonio and a short-handed Clippers squad, thanks in large part to the improved three-point shooting of one Earl "JR" Smith.
Prior to Blatt's departure, Smith averaged 12 points and four three-point attempts per game. He's averaged 14 points and seven attempts since, so it's safe to say that *interim* coach Tyronn Lue has consciously made him a more integral part of the team's offensive strategy -- and it's worked. Smith's three-point shooting accuracy is up from .379 to .452 in his last 14 games, punctuated by a 5-8 performance during the Cavs' 23-point victory at Chesapeake Energy Arena last night, which propelled him past Jason Richardson on the all-time career three-point field goals list.
Say what you will about Smith's inconsistency (on and off the court), just don't say he's not a world-class shooter. He is. Look at his company...
1. Ray Allen 2973
2. Reggie Miller 2560
3. Jason Terry 2134
4. Paul Pierce 2109
5. Jason Kidd 1988
6. Vince Carter 1903
7. Jamal Crawford 1888
8. Kyle Korver 1838
9. Chauncey Billups 1830
10. Joe Johnson 1796
11. Rashard Lewis 1787
12. Kobe Bryant 1786
13. Peja Stojakovic 1760
14. Dale Ellis 1719
15. Steve Nash 1685
16. Dirk Nowitzki 1662 17. J.R. Smith 1610
That's right -- JR Smith is just one spot and 52 threes behind Dirk "arguably the greatest shooter ever" Nowitzki -- with multiple quality seasons left in the tank (he's 30). Could he crack the top 10 by the time he's done playing? Probably -- JR's averaged roughly 150 three-point field goals per season since 2008, so another three years would put him around 2,200 on his career, which would be third. Third. JR Smith would be the third greatest three-point shooter in NBA history (until Steph Curry and Klay Thompson leapfrog him at some point in the next decade). Too bad his legacy will be defined by a text message he sent back in 2013.
Of course, this headline had nothing to do with Smith's game, but it might as well have, seeing as he will never get the credit he deserves because he once compared his dick to a piece of plumbing. Life's weird like that. Sometimes you give the pipe, sometimes you receive it.
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