JR Smith - Sharpshooter

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  • Published on:  9/10/2016
  • JR Smith is an NBA champion. 2013’s Sixth Man of the Year is widely known as a conscienceless gunner, but this past season was by far his best. He started every game he played (77 in the regular season, 21 in the playoffs), and posted career highs in both attempts AND makes from three point land (204-510). His 204 made 3’s were good enough for 7th in the league, ahead of guys like JJ Redick, CJ McCollum, Kevin Durant, and Kyle Korver.

    JR Swish, as he’s known to some, is 17th on the NBA all-time 3 point leaders with his 1,679 makes. You don’t get to that kind of number without really being able to shoot the ball, and JR has never been one to shy away from a shot, whether he’s open, or there’s a few defenders draped on him. As you’ll see from this video, JR doesn’t care how difficult the shot seems to be, because he has supreme confidence in his ability. In 2009, he hit 11 3 pointers (one shy of the NBA record) en route to a career best 45 points, so he knows exactly what he’s capable of. Swish is definitely a highlight maker, and a tough shot taker, so I wouldn’t necessarily have a player watch him to learn to play, but he’s so much fun to watch that I just had to make a video.

    These aren’t all 3 pointers, because to have excluded some of his crazy stepbacks would’ve been a disappointment, but nearly all of these are from this past season. The singular exception is the end of the video. I genuinely didn’t know which shot to end it with, but I remembered a moment from last season that seemed fitting, so the final shot is from the 2014-15 season, but everything else was from JR’s championship run this year.

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