J.R. Smith has now played 10 games in the Wine & Gold for the Cleveland Cavaliers. In those 10 games, he has attempted a stunning 85 three-point shots. Quickly, Smith is climbing up the franchise’s all-time leaderboard in long-distance shot attempts.
From the great research database of Basketball-Reference.com, here’s where Smith currently stands. Warning: The list is pretty fantastic and hilarious:
55. Zydrunas Ilgauskas — 99
56. Eric Williams – 95
57. Christian Eyenga — 93
58. Chris Gatling — 92
59. Baron Davis — 87
60. J.R. Smith — 85
T-61. Johnny Newman — 83
T-61. Luke Walton — 83
T-63. Dell Curry — 81
T-63. Randy Smith — 81
This is thus a harsh reminder that J.R. Smith is one of the NBA’s all-time gunners. Among players with 12,000 career minutes, his 7.0 three-point shots per 36 minutes are the most. The players next on the list are Damon Jones (6.5), Stephen Curry (6.4) and Kyle Korver (6.2).
J.R. already has five games with 10+ three-point attempts for the Cavs this season. Only Wesley Person (nine) and Dan Majerle (six) have ever had more such games in a single season in franchise history. More stunningly, Smith has made 33 threes in his 10 games … while Dion Waiters had 22 three-point makes in his 33 games for the Cavs this season.
Maybe we discounted how useful the former Sixth Man of the Year could be? It was only two years ago when he averaged 18.1 points in 33.5 minutes per game for the 54-win New York Knicks. On the surface, his .484 effective field goal percentage wasn’t that impressive. But again, he did so with a 26.5 Usage rate. That should conceivably be much lower now in Cleveland.
Here is a look, via NBA.com/stats, of Smith’s shooting chart in his very impressive last nine games since his 0-for-5 debut in a Cavaliers uniform against the Rockets on Jan. 7:
J.R. Smith's last 9 games. I'm gushing over how many threes, man. pic.twitter.com/LpIpC9zasX
— Jacob L. Rosen (@JacobLRosen) January 26, 2015
And the 29-year-old New Jersey native also continued his torrid shooting pace against Oklahoma City despite an infamous career split on Sundays. Don’t party too hard, kids:
Your casual reminder that J.R. Smith has just oddly, randomly struggled on Sundays in his career. pic.twitter.com/YTctG4Zo5O
— Jacob L. Rosen (@JacobLRosen) January 25, 2015