J.R. Smith tipped to win Sixth Man award

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New York Knicks guard J.R. Smith is set to win the NBA Sixth Man award, according to an ESPN source.

The Knicks have arranged an afternoon news conference, at which it's thought Smith will be named as the winner. 

The Sixth Man award is presented to the best player off the bench over the course of the season. Smith has averaged 18.1-points-per-game in 80 games - all from the bench.

The 27-year-old has been part of an explosive Knicks offense, including Carmelo Anthony and Raymond Felton, and the eighth-year shooting guard has scored at least 20 points as a reserve in 29 regular season games - a figure only matched by LA Clippers star Jamal Crawford.

The Knicks won their first game of the first round playoff series against the Boston Celtics 85-78 at Madison Square Garden on Saturday to take a 1-0 lead.

Smith helped his side to win the Atlantic Division for the first time this century, and the former-Denver Nuggets player was a key part of a team that clinched the number two seed in the Eastern Conference.

Against the Celtics, Smith played 32 minutes, hitting 15 points as the Knicks got off to the best possible start as they look to make a run at the Finals.


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