The 2013 NBA Awards will start to be announced and one of the big winners has already been confirmed. According to to Ian Begley of ESPNNewYork.com, New York Knicks guard J.R. Smith will be named the NBA’s Sixth Man of the Year.
New York has announced a press conference later this afternoon where Smith will be given his award.
Smith appeared in 80 games this season, and he came off the bench in every appearance. When you look at Smith’s 18.1 points per game, it is easy to understand why he takes home the hardware as the league’s best sixth man.
To close out the season, Smith averaged 22.1 points per game over the last two months.
Without his help off of the bench, the Knicks may not have won the Atlantic Division title for the first time since 1994. But they did, and Smith is a big part of that success.