|Cap. (518 posts) 11/15/2012 2:21 PM|
Is Barbara here? Oh my! Understanding J.R. Smith's resurgence this year is simple, and I can explain it in one word, minutes. Whereas he's barely cracked 27 minutes his whole career, the Knicks are giving him 33 this year which would explain the extra production. Actually, when you look at his per-36 minute production throughout his career, he's only slightly better this year than he has been in years past.
Career per-36 minutes: 18.6 PTS, 4.3 REB, 3.0 AST, 1.5 STL, 2.7 THR, .428% FG, .741% FT, .379% 3PT
2012 per-36 minutes: 19.5 PTS, 5.1 REB, 3.4 AST, 2.4 STL, 2.8 THR, .493% FG, .889%, .722% 3PT
As you can see, he's pretty close to his career marks, and when you consider he's only 5 games in, you have to assume his FG%, FT%, and STL, will normalize a bit, and I'm pretty sure he's not going to shoot 75% from downtown all year. The minutes will be there, but the pace will not, and don't forget about his inevitable gun charge. Sell high, if you can.
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