J.R. Smith would like to be an NBA All-Star reserve.
“My eyes are on being an All-Star, honestly,’’ Smith said when asked about his chance of winning the top reserve award. “I’m not focusing on Sixth Man. Sixth Man is more long-term, honestly, end of the year. My individual goal right now is All-Star, then I’ll think about the Sixth Man. I’m trying to be that All-Star coming off the bench for my team.’’
Smith is averaging 16.6 points in 33 minutes off the bench.
Smith credited Mike Woodson and Herb Williams for improving his footwork and shot selection.
“That was the whole idea coming into this season, putting him in a position as a guy coming off the bench as a guy that can lead the league or score a lot of points,’’ Woodson said. “We’re putting him in position to do that. I think he’s starting to step up and be more patient about his play. He’s trying to do it on both ends of the floor.’’