AP source: Knicks’ J.R. Smith wins NBA sixth man award
By BRIAN MAHONEY AP Basketball Writer April 22, 2013 9:50AM
New York Knicks guard J.R. Smith, right, drives past Boston Celtics forward Jeff Green (8) during the first half of Game 1 in the first round of the NBA basketball playoffs at Madison Square Garden in New York, Saturday, April 20, 2013. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)
Updated: April 22, 2013 11:22PM
A person with knowledge of the voting results tells The Associated Press that J.R. Smith has won the NBA’s Sixth Man of the Year award.
The Knicks have called an afternoon news conference at which Smith will be given the award, the person tells the AP on condition of anonymity because no announcement has been made.
The eighth-year guard has averaged 18.1 points in 80 games, all off the bench. He had 29 games in which he scored 20 points as a reserve, tying him with the Clippers’ Jamal Crawford for the NBA lead.
Smith helped the Knicks win the Atlantic Division title for the first time since 1994. New York is the No. 2 seed in the Eastern Conference and leads the Boston Celtics 1-0 in their first-round playoff series.