To say JR Smith has confidence in his own ability is an understatement, the New York Knicks shooting guard believes he is on pace to be one of the best shooters the game has ever seen.
The controversial statement was made by the 28-year-old through his official Instagram page to silence the critics, he began his soliloquy of how many doubt his ability and how he continues to prove them wrong.
The post by JR Smith read as follows: "They said I wouldn’t make it! I did! They said I wouldn’t stay! This is my 11th yr! They said you can’t shoot like that in the league! I’m on pace to be one of the best shooters the game had ever seen! Bottom line what yall say don’t me sh@$ What I do says everything! #Gone"
Smith certainly has ability, enough for the Knicks to put faith in the 10-year NBA veteran by rewarding him with 3-year $17.95 million in July 2013, but the following disastrous season with the franchise did not silence the critics.
The shooting guard is a microwave type of player, the capability of heating up and exploding for tremendous scoring but at the same time, is able to go stone cold and put up double digit amount of shots without draining a single basket.
On a occasion he does show his true potential however, Smith holds many records that are not be scoffed at, he holds the New York Knicks record for most three pointers in a game and also the NBA record for most three pointers over a three game stretch.
Most surprising will be the fact that he sits 30th all time in made three point field goals in NBA history with 1,312. Of all the players to ever grace the league's hardwood, he is 30th in that particular category, let that sink in for a minute.
At the age of 28, he still has many years to climb the ladder and suddenly the claim he has made doesn't quite sound so absurd.
Smith obviously doesn't enter a category alongside the greatest shooters to play the game quite yet, but numbers don't lie when it comes to productivity and he will look to continually prove his doubters wrong in the coming years.
All that is required for the shooting guard now is to focus purely on basketball, ignore the off-the-court distractions, and to give fans and pundits alike the evidence to possibly put him the category of a great shooter.