According to several league sources, J.R. Smith of the New York Knicks will be named the 2013 NBA Sixth Man Of The Year.
THIS JUST IN: The Knicks’ J.R. Smith has won the NBA Sixth Man of the Year Award, per ESPN and media reports.
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In 80 games this season, Smith averaged 18.1 points (career-high) on 42.2% shooting, including 5.3 rebounds, 2.7 assists, 1.3 steals and a PER of 17.67. His previous career-high in points came back in 2009-10 as a member of the Denver Nuggets when he averaged 15.4.
He helped lead the New York Knicks to a 54-28 record, an Atlantic Division crown (their first since 1994) and the second seed in the Eastern Conference. New York currently owns a 1-0 series lead over the Boston Celtics in their first-round playoff series.
Smith had 29 games in which he scored 20 or more points, tying him with Jamal Crawford of the Los Angeles Clippers for the NBA lead.
A press conference has been called for Monday afternoon in which Smith will be presented the award.