Hoops World – Just how historically awful was Smith’s 2013 postseason? Well, he became just the second player in the last 50 years to appear in at least 10 playoff games and average over 30 minutes per game, yet shoot below 34 percent from the floor. He was also just the third player in league history to attempt at least 65 three-pointers during one postseason and shoot below 27.5 percent from behind the arc and below 73 percent from the free-throw stripe.
The Knicks have lost 10 of the 11 games Smith has played in and his individual numbers are almost inconceivable. The argument could be made that no significant NBA player has played worse. Certainly, no player has been as inefficient. Of the 254 NBA players that have logged at least 200 minutes this season, Smith is the only one shooting below 34 percent from the floor, below 30 percent from three-point territory and below 61 percent from the free-throw stripe.
There are 96 players averaging at least 30 minutes per game and Smith is the only player in the entire league that has a negative Win Share rating (an estimate of the number of wins contributed by a player). Among this group, Smith is also the only player with a PER (Player Efficient Rating) below 10 and true shooting percentage south of 44 percent.
Dating back to the Knicks’ first-round playoff series with Boston, Smith has now played in 19 straight games without once shooting above 46 percent from the floor, which is the longest such streak in the NBA over the last five years.
He has attempted 259 shots over that 19-game span, but has produced just 237 points. This is remarkable, especially when compared directly to his final 19 games of the 2012-13 regular season, when he scored 441 points on 323 FG attempts.
Smith is a true “X-factor” for New York. When he is efficient and effective on the offensive end, it is often a fantastic barometer for his team’s success. Consider this: Since signing with New York in 2012, the Knicks are an incredible 33-4 (.892 winning percentage) in the 37 games in which Smith has shot 50 percent or better from the field.
There are two types of sports fans in this world. There are the analytical nerd types who only judge sports based on statistics. The Sabermetrics nerds in baseball and the PER freaks in the NBA. They need to see the numbers to decide who’s good and who’s bad. Then there are the old school guys who base everything on feel. Watch the guy play with his own two eyes and decide their worth based on what their gut tells them. These guys are convinced the box score is always lying and they site things like clutchness and clubhouse/locker room presence like its a real thing. And a lot of times there are players that look good to one camp while the other group don’t buy it.
JR Smith is not one of those dudes. The stat heads look at all the info Hoops World just put out there, and they agree, JR Smith is a disaster. The old basketball souls watch him run around the court with literally no idea what he’s doing and they agree too, JR Smith is a disaster. I’m not really knocking the Knicks for signing him. You can’t blame him. There wasn’t any other moves to be made really. JR Smith was coming off a career year. He was the 2nd option on a 2 seed. But JR Smith has always been a feast or famine kinda guy and these days its all famine. Just like everything with the Knicks from last season, the clock struck midnight and the carriage has turned back into a pumpkin. From 6th Man of the Year to like 360th Man, JR Swish.